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About


High Ledge
Massaemett Mountain

Shelburne, MA


Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below. "Summit" photos may in fact not be at the actual summit - but instead at the best nearby vista.

Trail near High Ledge summit

High Ledges and Massaemett Mountain overlook Shelburne Falls, MA and the surrounding valleys. On a moderately clear day Mt. Greylock is visible from the High Ledge while both that and Mt. Monadnock are visible from the fire tower on Massaemett. While the High Ledges hiking has a fairly natural feel (being a wildlife sanctuary and all), the last leg of the Massaemett hike is filled with towers and powerlines. Nonetheless, the stone tower and abundant views from it make up for the modernization.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: High Ledge
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Massaemett Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, August 21, 2006
Hike Commenced: 5:04 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,326'
Destination: High Ledge
Ascent Commenced: 5:06 PM at High Ledges gated trailhead
Summit Reached: 5:18 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 1,312'
Summit Elevation: 1,268'
Vertical Gain: 114'
Destination: Massaemett Mountain
Summit Reached: 5:42 PM
Summit Elevation: 1,577'
Vertical Gain: 339'
Hike Ended: 6:22 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 485'



Looking down the road from the parking area to the gate/trailhead


View from High Ledge looking west at the Deerfield River Valley and Mt. Greylock


Looking at the barely visible Massaemett trailhead through the meadow at the old High Ledges parking lot


Trail to Massaemett from High Ledges


Rock fire tower on Massaemett summit


View from Massaemett fire tower looking northeast at Mt. Monadnock




Directions to trailhead: Take Patton Hill Road northwest from Tower Road. Look for High Ledges sign on left side of road. Parking lot located a few hundred feet down the road.

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