Ralph Waldo Emerson once warned his frequent hiking companion and fellow nature lover, Henry David Thoreau, that Mount Greylock was a "serious mountain." Thoreau, of course, climbed it immediately. He summited the 3,491-foot Massachusetts high point via what he described as, in the purplest prose, "a road for the pilgrim to enter upon, who would climb to the gates of heaven." That road is now the 5.5-mile Bellows Pipe Trail.
See more details on this route at backpacker.com/hikes/586956. Or access this storied peak via a 9-miler up Stony Ledge or on a 15-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail.
Kris Wagner, map editor