Mount Greylock Climber's Log

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eric b

eric b - Oct 2, 2006 8:02 pm

Thunderbolt  Sucess!

Too commercialized but there was a cool waterfall off the beaten path that was nice. Its like MA version of Mt washington. only tiny.


TiogaBradford - Sep 23, 2006 11:47 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2005

New Year's Day  Sucess!

Climbed Greylock on New Year's day of 2005. The mountain was relatively snow-free, but we did run into some slick ice the last mile or so. We actually got a late start that day, and ended up coming down the mountain in the dark, and thankfully had our headlamps.


bidwelldk - Sep 15, 2006 1:45 pm

Nice Hike  Sucess!

Fun hike with great views. State campground is a nice option for an overnight.


starship_jen - Sep 5, 2006 3:01 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

Fog & Mist  Sucess!

Drove up because I didn't have time to hike it this trip. All views were obscured by thick mist and fog. The entire summit was engulfed in white. Bummer!! HP#18!


rasgoat - Aug 6, 2006 11:34 pm

nice on a cool day  Sucess!

good to get a hot cocoa and some french fries on top after a fall ascent


musicmountain - Aug 2, 2006 1:55 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2005

thunderbolt  Sucess!

camped out off the trail, watched jupiter rise and were the first on the summit with the solitude being ours. this mountain was great.


Ilafan - Jul 20, 2006 6:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006

Hotel sleeping at its best!  Sucess!

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.

royswkr - Jul 18, 2006 10:03 pm Date Climbed: Mar 24, 1990

On summit in whiteout  Sucess!

Up from Cheshire with Highpointers Club traveling flag


Quadaxial - Jul 10, 2006 6:26 am

My first  Sucess!

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.


Koonsy - Jul 9, 2006 4:09 pm

Route: Thunderbolt  Sucess!

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.

redmond - Jul 6, 2006 9:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2006

Jones Nose to AT Northbound  Sucess!

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.


injektilo - Jun 10, 2006 1:28 am

Thunderbolt Trail  Sucess!

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!


RyanS - May 29, 2006 8:34 am Date Climbed: May 25, 2006

Greylock road  Sucess!

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.


chilkoot - May 23, 2006 2:20 am Date Climbed: Mar 18, 1995

Delightful  Sucess!

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.

lakenyon - May 14, 2006 10:01 pm

walked up  Sucess!

Walked up during an October 2002 New England vacation.


locationA_D_D85 - Mar 17, 2006 3:24 am Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2006

Road Trip mountain  Sucess!

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

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Feb 16, 2006 12:48 am

?  Sucess!

Climbed while attending University of Massachusetts.


koz - Jan 2, 2006 11:10 pm

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

Made my home state my second highpoint; climbed with my wife. Have since returned several times, by several routes.


Livelife4Summits - Nov 8, 2005 2:51 am

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

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.


grfiv - Sep 24, 2005 9:45 pm

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

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

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