Mount Greylock, Massachusetts (3,491 feet)

Mount Greylock, Massachusetts (3,491 feet)

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May 17th, 2002, 3:21 am #1

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August 14th, 2002, 3:26 am #2

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alan ritter
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August 28th, 2002, 5:32 am #3

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Mohamed Ellozy
Mohamed Ellozy

May 25th, 2003, 2:04 pm #4

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As part of a four day highpointing trip to the Berkshires I participated in a group traverse of Mount Greylock along the Appalachian Trail.

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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 1:24 am

February 3rd, 2004, 12:17 am #5

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I did a Feb 1 climb of Mt Greylock. I used the Roaring Brook trail from the west to get to Sperry Campground, and then took the Hopper trail to the top. The total distance according to the state park is 7.2 miles RT. It took me about 5.5 hours, would have been quicker if I hadn't had to break trail part of the way. I wore snowshoes for the entire hike.

The first half mile is a shared trail, and was well beaten down. From the junction to the campground I was following a barely discernable trail that had about a foot of snow since anyone had been on it. This is the steepest part of the hike, and I was snorting like a grizzly in heat when I got to the campground. After a couple hundred yards of following the road-and the snowmobile tracks- the Hopper trail headed up thru the trees again. From here to where it met the road to the summit was not terribly steep, but the snow was very deep and windblown in sections; I was plowing thru 4 and 5 foot drifts and, even in snowshoes, sinking up to my knees. Thankfully, it was a short section and I soon reached the summit road and lots of snowmobile traffic. The next piece of the Hopper trail cuts off a switchback of the road, in that straight-up style of New England trails. I stayed on the road, slightly longer but much easier, until the final trail up to the summit. The wind at the top prevented me from setting up my mini tripod, so my summit photo was taken by holding the camera at arm's length and hopefully catching the War Memorial tower in the background.

It was about 5 degrees when I started, no wind as long as I was in the trees, which is almost all of it. The climb took 3.5 hours, the descent took two. I'll probably go back when the road is open so I can better enjoy the fantastic 5-state view.
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Joined: March 11th, 2004, 4:22 am

March 11th, 2004, 3:09 pm #6

Greylock summit, June 2000
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May 6th, 2004, 5:09 pm #8

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June 6th, 2004, 7:51 pm #9

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I hiked to the top of Mt. Greylock, the Highpoint of Massachusetts at 3,491 feet, on Wednesday, April 21st, 2004. It was originally my 3rd state highpoint when I drove to the summit back on September 17, 2002. I was not yet an official member of the Highpointers Club at that time.

I decided that this time I would hike to the summit via the Cheshire Harbor Trail/Appalachian Trail, which is listed as Alternate Route 2 and described in Don Holmes’ guidebook Highpoints of the United States. Mt. Greylock is the first state highpoint that I have completed twice.

I drove to the Cheshire Harbor Trailhead near Adams, MA and began my hike at 11:10AM. The temperature was 60 degrees and I soon took off my sweatshirt. The trail was wet and rocky but not too steep, at least not compared to Mt. Frissell, which I completed a few days earlier. The cool breeze felt good until I reached the Appalachian Trail. The wind grew stronger and cold and I put my sweatshirt back on. I was surprised to see quite a bit of snow along the Appalachian Trail, especially since the area had experienced record warm temperatures in the 80’s a couple days earlier. There was actually over a foot of snow on the trail in some areas. The last ½ mile of the Appalachian Trail was the steepest and most difficult. I reached the summit at 1:00PM. There were a few hikers in the area but there were no cars in the parking lot and the Bascom Lodge was closed with a large snowdrift covering the front door. I believe the road was probably closed since I saw no cars during the half hour I spent at the summit eating my lunch and looking at the excellent views. I did notice I sign that said parking was $3.00. I don’t recall paying to park last time I was there in 2002. The tower was also closed, as it was the last time I was there.

I decided to take the Gould Trail back down the mountain for a change of scenery. After following the Gould Trail approx. 2/3 of the way down the mountain I reached the Pecks Creek Loop Trail on the right. I took that trail which looped back to the Cheshire Harbor Trail. I remembered passing it on the way up. The Pecks Creek Loop Trail was steep and it crossed a beautiful creek & falls. Don Holmes shows the Alternate Route 2 - Cheshire Harbor Trail/Appalachian Trail as a 6.4 mile round trip hike. I would estimate that taking the Gould and Pecks Creek Loop Trails added about 1 mile to my hike. I arrived back at my car at 2:50PM. I drove back to my timeshare condo in Lenox, MA stopping at Ben & Jerry’s, in Pittsfield, for a chocolate fix.
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June 22nd, 2004, 2:52 pm #10

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