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Monument Mountain

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Highlights:

easy hike for families, nice views, interesting rock formations
Near:Great Barrington, MA
Scenery:
Distance:2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:700 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Difficulty:Easy
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Loop



Summary: Monument Mountain is a short but interesting hike in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

The trail starts from the North end of the parking area and is blazed with white.

You will reach Inscription Rock which gives some history of the mountain. Continue straight. The trail steepens and you will cilmb a "staircase" made up of quartzite rock before reaching the summit.

On the rocky summit, there is a nice view to the east (Beartown State Forest) and to the west (Taconic hills).

Continue following along the ridge until you reach a sign marked "Scenic View". The side trail here will take you to a ledge where you can see the pillar of stones that is a "monument" to the Indian maiden who allegedly jumped to her death.

There are a few more viewpoints before the trail descends to an old woods road. Turn left and follow it back to the parking area.

Trailhead: Take NYS Thruway (Rte 90) east to Exit B3. Take Rte 102 heading east to Stockbridge, MA.
In center of town, turn right onto Rte 7 South. Continue for 3 miles to parking area on right - just past Monument Mountain High School.
(Lat:42.243 Lon:-73.335)

Trail Guides for Monument Mountain:
Hikes and Walks in the Berkshire Hills
by Lauren Stevens (Berkshire House Publishers)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: The Trustees of Reservations - (413) 298-3239 for information
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted  26 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by mk on 9/27/2013
better hike then mount TOM / Mass

Reviewed by SMR on 10/11/2011
This is a nice, shorter hike with only a few challenging spots and rewarding views. We went on 10/10/11 and many of the trees were still pretty green. The view would probably be very nice in a week or 2 when more of the leaves have changed color. We began by going up Indian Monument Trail, then took Squaw Peak trail up to Devil's Pulpit and Squaw Peak. We then followed Hickey trail back down (the waterfall is along Hickey trail). With a brief stop for lunch, this took less than 2 hours. I'd rate the majority of the trail as "easy", but there are several rocky sections on Squaw Peak trail that are more challenging and require some careful navigation over the rocks and ledges. There is a map at http://www.thetrustees.org/

Reviewed by Rich on 6/2/2011
Great hike. Full review here, with photos: http://www.didyouweekend.com/monument-mountain/

Reviewed by KC on 9/23/2010
I, too, really enjoy this hike. What gets me returning are the spectacular rock formations and a stupendous pile of fallen rocks at the bottom of the mountian, just west of the trail heads. Can anyone tell me where the waterfall is? I have only been there in dry season.

Reviewed by gregg on 7/27/2007
a nice hike,scenic spots on the top. easy hike, but a couple of tricky spots

Reviewed by JB on 3/19/2006
Great hike for most any season (unless icy conditions). One of the better features of this hike is option for level of difficulty. If you choose to head up to the right the hike is quite a workout with quite challenging gradients. If you are looking for more of a moderate hike you may want to go to the left. The views all along the trails are spectacular, on a clear day you can see 5 states MA, NY, CT VT, & NH. (Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire).

Reviewed by Jennifer on 11/8/2005
Absolutely beautiful in fall. The second half of the loop has an amazing little waterfall. Good intermediate hike - not too hard or long, but on the way up to Sqauw Peak is challenging, especially if you climb the rocks. Lots of people took dogs all the way up to summit. Good place to rest before the second half of hike. Highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Christine on 10/24/2004
distances should be provided for trails. The second part of the loop was not clearly marked, so we hiked up the the Squaw Peak summit (very strenuous to summit) then all the way back on the same gradual trail. Beautiful views! Better not to bring a dog to the actual summit.


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