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6.6 mile 10.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 2,252' 687 m
Descent: -2,250' -686 m
High: 3,479' 1,060 m
Low: 1,247' 380 m


Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)


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This is a beautiful loop to hit the highest peak in Massachusetts.

Ben Rosenberg

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly While the distance and pitch may be a little steep for younger kids, the trails are very safe and well maintained.


This hike takes you up the Bellows Pipe Trail, and back down on the Gould Trail. Both trails are beautifully maintained "Level 1" hiking culminating in a view from the top of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in MA.


Parking can be found at the end of Gould Road on the right, just before you reach a farm, which is private property. Follow the trail from the back of the parking lot towards Bellows Pipe Trail. The trail is well marked, and all junctions are labeled clearly with signs. Enjoy several views of creeks and a waterfall on your way up the mountain. At about 2,400' (1.75 miles), the trail begins a series of switchbacks, which will leave you up by a portion of the AT. Turn left, and continue hiking up the gradual ridge climb to the summit.

Once you are done taking in the views at the peak, and have taken enough selfies, follow signs for the Gould Trail, which can be found by the TV antenna at the summit. Follow the clearly marked trail on your way back down the mountain.

History & Background

Mount Greylock is the highest natural point in Massachusetts at 3,489 feet (1,063 m). Although geologically part of the Taconic Mountains, Mount Greylock is commonly associated with the abutting Berkshire Hills to the east. The mountain is known for its expansive views encompassing five states and the only taiga-boreal forest in the state.


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Apr 17, 2019
L Nichols
Beautiful at top. A lot of ice on the way down for a bit. 6.6mi — 4h 30m
Feb 23, 2019
Stefanie Mojonnier
Dec 27, 2018
Anne Webster
Great winter hike! Definitely needed microspikes. Very little snow at the bottom but once we hit the Bellows Pipe Trail there were icy trails. 5.1mi
Nov 24, 2018
Adrien Delessert
Oct 18, 2018
Jason Heller
Oct 7, 2018
Dustin Kerksieck
Muddy, foggy 6.6mi — 4h 30m
Oct 6, 2018
Paul Beasi
Trail very muddy/flowing water in sections. End of the loops is not correct on this map and poorly marked! Great otherwise though! 9mi
Oct 6, 2018
Elisabeth Frazier

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