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IlafanHotel sleeping at its best!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006

Ilafan

This website's author poo-poos the lodge and lighthouse. Obviously, this person doesn't "get" the history of the place. Yes the views are spectacular and worth the trip alone. And yes the view from the top of the lighthouse is not as good as those found at the bottom. However, the inscription in the room at the bottom of the tower is a moving war memorial that reminds astute hikers why they have the freedom to hike the AT. Given the rundown look of the memorial's lettering, I guess this site's author's views are shared by others. Also, the lodge is a great piece of CCC history. The CCC offered hope and jobs to the downtrodden of the Great Depression. One of those downtrodden was my grandfather. So the stay in the lodge was memorable, even if the hike was missed. Can't beat the Melville and Thoreau connections either.
Posted Jul 20, 2006 6:57 pm

royswkrOn summit in whiteout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 1990
Up from Cheshire with Highpointers Club traveling flag
Posted Jul 18, 2006 10:03 pm

QuadaxialMy first  Sucess!

Quadaxial

I suppose this would be my first mountain. My grandfather took me up here when I was about six years old. We climbed the tower and I even have a model of it somewhere. Very nice views.
Posted Jul 10, 2006 6:26 am

KoonsyRoute: Thunderbolt  Sucess!

Koonsy

Great way to finish up a trip around the NE. The trail was alot of fun going up and the trip down was very fast. Loved the views over the city below.
Posted Jul 9, 2006 4:09 pm

redmondJones Nose to AT Northbound  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2006
Went up Jones Nose trail to the AT Northbound over Saddleback Mountain and up to the summit. Beautiful day. A little crowded at the top. I always find it strange when the sound of a car signifies that I am getting close to the summit. Met some nice thru hikers though. I would recommend the Jones Nose trail to anyone looking for a little bit longer and slightly more strenuous hike from the South.
Posted Jul 6, 2006 9:20 pm

injektiloThunderbolt Trail  Sucess!

injektilo

The trail is very lush with lots of ferns. The summit lodge is nice. We were in a cloud all day. Had a popsicle at the summit!
Posted Jun 10, 2006 1:28 am

RyanSGreylock road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2006

RyanS

Just had time for the drive-up before moving onto the CT highpoint. There were loads of through-hikers on the lawn below the tower with their heavy packs strewn about.
Posted May 29, 2006 8:34 am

chilkootDelightful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 1995

chilkoot

Short (1 night) section hike/snowshoe of the AT. Quiet and peaceful since the road was closed. Came back on July 15, 1998 on my AT Thru-hike and saw Greylock at a much more crowded time.
Posted May 23, 2006 2:20 am

lakenyonwalked up  Sucess!

lakenyon

Walked up during an October 2002 New England vacation.
Posted May 14, 2006 10:01 pm

locationA_D_D85Road Trip mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2006

locationA_D_D85

cool mountain short and sweet__the pecks brook shelter is something else__good water source_but watch out for chim chim he'll eat all of your food and keep you up all night__good hike
Posted Mar 17, 2006 3:24 am

Brian Kalet?  Sucess!

Brian Kalet

Climbed while attending University of Massachusetts.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 12:48 am

kozRoute Climbed: Hopper & others Date Climbed: June 8, 1996 (1st time)  Sucess!

koz

Made my home state my second highpoint; climbed with my wife. Have since returned several times, by several routes.
Posted Jan 2, 2006 11:10 pm

Livelife4SummitsRoute Climbed: Cheshire Harbor Trail Date Climbed: January 10th, 2005  Sucess!

Livelife4Summits

This summit would be easier if getting around the town where this place is located would be a little more obvious. I spend hours circling until I finally found this remote access point. The trail itself was manageable, I had to help a few hikers on the summit who got stranded and wound up miles away from their car. All in all, a great summit bid but visibility on the summit was limited to a few feet.
Posted Nov 8, 2005 2:51 am

grfivRoute Climbed: Drove up the road from the visitor's center Date Climbed: September 22, 2005  Sucess!

grfiv

Norman Rockwell, Herman Melville, James Taylor, Stockbridge, Tanglewood ... Massachusetts's Berkshire Mountains have long been a cradle of American culture; there are some wild areas, too, albeit rather smaller than in previous centuries.



Mt. Greylock sits at the northern end of the Berkshires along the Appalachian Trail just 10 miles or so south of Vermont. It is the centerpiece of Mt. Greylock State Reservation, a lovely area comprising some 12,000 acres surrounding four peaks which are forested in some parts by original growth timber.



Be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center at the bottom of the hill just off Route 7. It's very nicely done, containing among other things a marvelous scale relief map of the area, and the people are exceptionally helpful. If you can, make a reservation to stay at the Bascom Lodge, which is a rustic but accommodating hiker's refuge at the summit (on a Thursday after Labor Day, I was the only guest, but the staff were expecting a full house come Friday).



Built in 1937 by the CCC, this log and stone building sleeps 37 in bunk beds and has room in the dining room to feed many more (lots and lots of Appalachian Trail hikers stop every season): everyday for breakfast and dinner at 8AM and 6PM sharp; family style, come hungry.



Lit from dawn to dusk (and bright), the Veterans War Memorial Tower is a displaced lighthouse that was intended for Boston but now sits at the Greylock summit; obviously out of place, it grows on you as the sun sets. A steep but short climb up a circular metal stairway takes you to a lookout just below the light that gives you a view in one direction of New York's Catskills and Adirondacks, and of various ranges of Massachusetts, Vermont and (perhaps) New Hampshire in another.



Bide a wee and hike the well-marked and well-maintained trails around the mountain (being conscious of deer ticks and Lyme Disease ... long pants are probably preferable whatever the weather).



A beautiful spot when the weather's fair, with a sweet piney smell at the top and deciduous forest a bit lower. I listened to Chickadees and Blue Jays as I hiked along, and surprised a Turkey as I turned a corner, on the first day of Autumn 2005. The next day was foul and cold at the top, so I was lucky to have had the good weather when I did.



Directions to Mt. Greylock from the Mass Pike, I-90

Take I-90 to Exit 2

Take Rt 20 to Lee, MA

Pause in Lee. It's a great example of a little New England town.

Continue on to Rt 7 North

In Pittsfield, be careful: the town square is at the intersection of a number of roads and if you're not careful, you'll leave town on something other than Rt 7, which would be an error (although not a fatal one, the countryside is nice, but you could go a long way out of your way)

Past Pittsfield, in the town of Lanesboro, on the right you will see a brown sign for Mt. Greylock. Take this road to the Visitor's Center.



George Fisher
Posted Sep 24, 2005 9:45 pm

TLPRoute Climbed: Cheshire Harbor Trail Date Climbed: September 4, 2005  Sucess!

TLP

Fun hike. Great views on a clear day!
Posted Sep 8, 2005 3:51 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: Hopper Trail Date Climbed: September 04, 2005  Sucess!

cmc56789

Talked my dad into doing this one with me, since it is the high point of his state of birth. Beautiful forest on the trail and excellent summit views as far as Monadnock. The motorcycles, school buses, and crowds made this one not much of a wilderness experience, but still fun. My mom and sister took the road up and we all went to Friendly's for fribbles afterwards. Glad to get this one done, since I was once a Massachusetts resident, and had only done it by car before.
Posted Sep 4, 2005 6:39 pm

AlpinistRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: June 19, 2005  Sucess!

Alpinist

Part of a 4-peak day that included Round Mountain, Mt Frissell, Bear Mtn and Greylock. Ran out of time to do any hiking, but I wanted to hit the highpoint while I was in the area. My 9th state highpoint. What beautiful vistas!
Posted Jun 19, 2005 9:11 pm

monealRoute Climbed: Drive Up Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!

moneal

http://statehighpoint.home.comcast.net/ma.html



We summitted Massachusetts over Memorial Day weekend. I'm never overly found of these popular drive up highpoints but it was OK.
Posted Jun 3, 2005 11:54 am

jdavies212Route Climbed: Road Date Climbed: June-September 1971  Sucess!

jdavies212

Visited summit at least 4 times while working in the Berkshires during college and grad school days. Always rewarded with wonderful birds-eye views of NW Mass.
Posted Apr 27, 2005 5:24 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Appalachian Trail from North Adams Date Climbed: September 1988, July 1989, October 14, 2004  Sucess!
First climbed the Appalachian Trail from North Adams. Second summit was a portion of that same trail from the Mount Greylock Road. Third summit was from the Mount Greylock Road via the Hopper Trail.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:34 pm

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