Albany, NY: Mount Greylock
Lazy folks drive to the top. Be a champ and hike the 7.8 miles from farm fields and hardwood forests to the highest summit in Massachusetts.
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- Distance: 6.2
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Head E along windbreak between farm fields. Tip: Get an early start to avoid drive-up crowds on top
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Stay straight @ T, heading E. In 100 yds., continue straight @ T where Hopper Brook Loop Trail branches to the N
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R @ Y onto Hopper Trail. Optional: Follow Money Brook Trail E to campsites
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Trail winds SE through shaded forest
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Continue straight @ T along E slope of Stony Ledge Mtn.
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Pass Sperry Rd. campground. In 100 yds., Hopper Trail meets Sperry Rd. In .2 mi., take Hopper as it veers L, leaving road
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Turn L @ T with Deer Hill Trail; follow Hopper Trail NE
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Turn R @ T; stay on Hopper Trail to tackle Greylock’s SW slope
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Turn L @ 4-way, heading NE onto white-blazed Appalachian Trail. In .2 mi., pass small pond and rustic cabin; begin ascent
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Break into summit clearing; trail intersects access roads and parking lots. Head NE toward towering granite war memorial
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Greylock Mtn. (3,491 ft.): On clear days, see 100 miles to fi ve states from the peak that inspired Melville and Thoreau
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A towering, globe-capped lighthouse-turned-war memorial caps the state’s high point.
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Mount Greylock has inspired artists and writers for centuries, drawing in the likes of Melville, Thoreau and Oliver Wendell Holmes. ©Shannon Davis