Mount Greylock, Massachusetts – Appalachian Trail Hike
Arun and I hiked to the summit of Mt. Greylock on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20th. On Saturday, we took the Mt. Greylock Loop Hike : http://www.everytrail.com/guide/mt-greylock-loop-hike
A map is here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/mgry1.pdf and there were paper maps available at the Hopper Road trailhead.
Despite our maps, we got a little lost and ended up hiking from the Hopper Trail to Sperry Road and on to summit Stony Ledge and descend along the Haley Farm trail. The area around the Money Brook was wet and the last piece along the Appalachian trail on both sides of the summit was icy. My Yaktrax and hiking poles helped.
On Sunday, we took the steeper and shorter Thunderbolt trail to the Appalachin trail to the summit of Mt. Greylock. According to BerkshireHiking.com “The total vertical via this route is approximately 2,275 feet in about two miles.” Read the Berkshire Hiking profile here: http://www.berkshirehiking.com/hikes/thunderbolt.html
This hike was two hours of uphill climbing, great practice for our Kilimanjaro trip in July. We parked at the end of Thiel Road. There were no maps or official trailhead.
Mount Greylock trail map is here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/mgry1.pdf
Yaktrax helped at the approach to the summit and a hiking stick really helped my knees descending the mountain.
According to the State of Massachusetts, “park roads to the summit open on May 17, 2014 and the War Memorial tower is closed for the 2014 season. Rehabilitation scheduled in 2014 - 2015.”
Jon Arnold has posted a video taken from the War Memorial tower on top of the summit of Mt. Greylock.
View it here: http://youtu.be/3NZoI1M1qzk