My wife and I met fellow SP member puma concolor and his Dad at 9:00 AM. Hiked to the summit via the very steep Thunderbolt Trail on a gorgeous Fall day. Nice hike with some new friends. HP #26.
My third time to this summit (I have been to 49 state high points. ), but this was the best view by far -- great weather, too bad we were a few weeks too early for the famed New England color show. Also the first time I've hiked up Greylock, rather than taking the road. Hiked the Cheshire Harbor Trail, only saw 5 people all afternoon.
The Cheshire Harbor Trail, starting from the end of West Mountain Road in Adams is the shortest way to the summit for hikers. Parking area is at 1560', so this is a nice 1900+' vertical hike in typical Berkshires woods on an old road bed.
The posted description makes it sound a lot harder to find than it is. From Adams Town Center simply go up Maple Street past the large cemetary, turn left onto Friend Street/West Road (at the corner of the cemetary), then the second right is West Mountain Road, also signed "Greylock Greenhouses". The trailhead is just past the nursery, where the pavement ends.
Hiked it with a friend who went to nearby Williams College. Went up the Lightning Bolt trail, a steep ascent from the eastern side. The sun was setting as we reached the top and it was fogged in once we got there.
Ha its called Thunderbolt unless I am mistaken.
I think you are right. It is called the Thunderbolt Trail. I was trying to recall by my memory but apparently it is not as good as I thought it to be. Thanks for the correction.
Started a 2 week AT hike heading south in Vermont and this was the first challenge.
Hiked up the Cheshire Harbor Trail and AT to the summit. Overcast, chilly, and windy at the summit. Actually had to put on a jacket. Views were a little obscured due to weather but another beutiful New England summit nevertheless.
2 times-in summer;
1-time in Winter
It would have been a nice view if it hadn't been socked in. No complaints though, it always nice in the mountains.
during AT thru hike 1976
Drove from Boston during a vacation there. Not much of a hike, but good views.
Here in 2000 and 2006 (with my wife). Drive up both times. Nice place.
But I was nursing some bad blisters from my AT hike in Vermont so we drove up instead.
We drove up this one, because we didn't have time to hike it. This was our 6th highpoint of our NE road trip. It was very busy because it was Columbus Day and because it was a beautiful day.
Too commercialized but there was a cool waterfall off the beaten path that was nice. Its like MA version of Mt washington. only tiny.
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.
Fun hike with great views. State campground is a nice option for an overnight.
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!
good to get a hot cocoa and some french fries on top after a fall ascent
camped out off the trail, watched jupiter rise and were the first on the summit with the solitude being ours. this mountain was great.