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December 30, 2012
From journal Exploring New England from Vermont to Rhode Island
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
July 5, 2011
From journal United States
July 6, 2005
The trail is along a winding, tree-lined, and narrow road. We were glad we had an SUV, although it is perfectly accessible by car. Whilst we were there, we encountered very little traffic, but I can imagine that on a busy day, this road can be pretty scary, as the sides of the road are sheer drops. There are a few stop-off points where you can park the car and enjoy the vistas.
Once at the top of the trail, it opens up to a car park and a monument with a visitors centre. You are 3,491 feet up and on the highest peak in Massachusetts. The visitor centre has a gift shop and information about the area, maps, etc. There are restrooms and a café that serves burgers, hot dogs, fries, drinks, etc.
The monument on top of the peak is called the Veterans War Memorial Tower, honouring the men and women who died during wars. You can climb the stairs of the 92-foot tower, and on a clear day you can see over 80 miles away.
We spent an hour of so up here, but you can spend many more hiking the trails, which are all around. The visitor centre also has lodging facilities if you need them.
It is worthwhile visiting this summit, and I would recommend that anyone in the area do it, especially if the weather is good, so you can see the extensive views.
From journal New England in a Week!
by murph the serf
August 17, 2003
There is a snack bar and gift shop at the lodge at the summit. The lodge also has rooms to rent at a reasonable rate, which includes breakfast.
Apparantly this was the site of one of the earliest commercial ski hills in the Eastern US. It was here that the first ski lift in the US was operated. It was closed with the opening of higher slopes in VT and NH.
Geologically, there are quartz seams running through the mountain. These seams produce beautiful white rocks which erode out into fine white rocks and pebbles.
On Columbus Day there is a large hike and bike climb to the summit. Seniors, kids, and parents with children all partake in this activity. In 2003 there were about 5000 people participating in the days activities.
There is a marked temperature drop at the summit so have some warmer clothes with you to put on.
This is a great place to spend the day (or even a night if you want to.
From journal The Berkshires
January 15, 2003
We drove half way up the mountain and parked in the camper's parking lot. We began our hike from this level. The hike was about two hours to the summit, but there are many trails one can take, depending on level of ability and the amount of time you wanted to spend there. The trees were mainly coniferous and the scent is heavenly! There are numerous wildflowers for those who love to identify wild plants!
When you reach the summit you can climb the tower, visit Bascom Lodge, or just relax and have a picnic! There is a little stone cabin to provide shelter for wanderers who may need to stay the night. Bascom Lodge also has overnight accommodations. The sunset viewed from Mount Greylock is worth staying to see.
From journal The Magic of the Berkshires