Massachusetts September 20, 2016
This Just Might Be The Most Beautiful Hike In All Of Massachusetts
Mount Greylock is one of the state’s most beautiful natural wonders. Rising high above the town of Adams and surrounding communities, this peak is the highest in Massachusetts. Though the hike to the summit often gets the most press, the hike to Greylock’s Stony Ledge is an easy journey to one of the most dramatic and scenic vistas on the mountain. Read on to learn how to tackle this beautiful trail with a spectacular reward at the end.
One of the most rewarding hikes on Mount Greylock is the Stony Ledge route. It's an easy way to see the beauty of the mountain without hiking all day.
It's an easy hike for beginners, but offers just as much beauty as the more strenuous paths on the mountain.
Your trip will be about 3.7 miles round trip, and will take between 2.5 and 3 hours.
You’ll gain 494 feet in elevation, but the hike isn’t hard at all. It’s a slow, gentle ascent into the clouds.
The trailhead starts at CCC Dynamite Trail on Rockwell Road in New Ashford. There’s parking available right at the beginning of the trail.
Follow the link under the photo for the trailhead address. Be sure to watch for oncoming traffic as you cross from the parking lot to Sperry Road. You can also choose to begin on the Haley Farm Trail off of Hopper Road in Williamstown.
If you start from the official trailhead, the hike to the ledge is about 1.9 miles through gorgeous forest and peaceful groves.
In the autumn, colorful foliage and scarlet ivy will decorate your path. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but must be kept leashed at all times.
If you start from the Haley Farm Trail, you'll be guided through an open meadow before delving into beautiful, hardwood forest growth.
Depending on the season, you might find enchanting rivulets of clear, cold water running across your path. The first half of the trail can be a bit damp during the fall months, so watch your footing and maybe bring a spare pair of socks.
After about an hour and a half, the spectacular view from Stony Ledge will reveal itself.
Though you won't get the 90-mile panoramic views of the summit, Stony Ledge offers a great view of Mount Greylock itself. You'll get a close-up look at the "Hopper," a glacial formation ringing the peak of Mount Greylock.
Rather than views of farmland, Stony Ledge delivers stunning panoramas of brilliant foliage and wild forest.
You'll truly feel like you've wandered beyond the reaches of civilization as you gaze out over the sloping woods.
Depending on the weather conditions, you might be treated to a show of dramatic, low-hanging clouds.
To have the best chances of seeing spectacular cloud formations, hiking to the summit is probably your best bet. The higher elevation guarantees amazing views no matter the season.
No matter what your experience level, sticking to certain habits will make your hike much more enjoyable.
Wear clothing that is appropriate to the weather and sturdy, waterproof boots. Even if you’re hiking on a sunny day, the trails may be wet or you may come across a stream. Drink plenty of water throughout your adventure, and remember to stay on designated trails. Keep your group together, and make sure everyone is comfortable with the pace.
Don't limit yourself to the Stony Ledge hike, though. Explore all of Mount Greylock's enchanting trails and hidden glades.
Visit the Mount Greylock State Reservation website to learn more about the different trails and hikes available throughout the year. Some are seasonal, so be sure to check that your favorite route is open!
For more amazing hiking destinations and trails in Massachusetts, check out our list of the
13 most mind-blowing hikes in the state.