“Outdoors & Recreation in Great Barrington, MA”
This article is about the mountain. For the open space reservation located on the mountain, see Monument Mountain (reservation) Monument Mountain is a long quartzite ridgeline located in Great Barrington and Stockbridge, Massachusetts in the Berkshires geology. Beside the high point, , the mountain has several other distinct peaks, most notably the open, knife-edge Squaw Peak, located on the southeast side of the mountain within the Monument Mountain reservation managed by The Trustees of Reservations. The mountain receives over 20,000 visitors per year. Devil's Pulpit, part of Squaw Peak, is a free-standing pillar of stone. Flag Rock, located on the southwest side of the mountain, is an open ledge overlooking the village of Housatonic. The only official trails on the mountain ascend Squaw Peak from a parking lot on Massachusetts Route 7 north of Great Barrington center. There is no fee for members of The Trustees and a parking fee of $5 for non-members. An unnamed waterfall is located to the northeast of Squaw Peak along the Hickey Trail. Views from Squaw Peak include the Housatonic River Valley, The Berkshires, the Taconic Mountains, and the Catskill Mountains of New York. The west side of Monument Mountain drains into the Housatonic River thence into Long Island Sound. The east side of Monument Mountain drains into Konkapot Brook thence into the Housatonic River.
One of my all time favorite hikes. This is one of the areas best known day hikes. You can get up and down in as fast as an hour *not recommended* or make it last 3-4. When pulling up to the mountain from Stockbridge Road (highway) take the right side for a steeper and quicker ascent and head down the other side of the loop for a gradual descent. Amazing view at the top of the Berkshire Hills valley. You can see to the ski resorts nearby and on a clear day catch a view of the Catskills. While this is a bit outside of the town the regional schools with the same name are right next door - in case of emergency. Totally appropriate for the family and dogs, but also possible to get your sweat on. Level: perfect.
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