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About


Mt. Greylock
Ragged Mountain
Adams, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Thunderbolt trail to Mt. Greylock summit

Having never hiked Mt. Greylock, I had been planning on doing a direct ascent for a few weeks when I finally decided to go for it on a sunny July day.

Though the hike started out sunny, the clouds quickly moved in, making for limited views upon arriving at the summit.

The hike itself, up the Thunderbolt, was extremely challenging - very steep and in some places rather poor footing. Not wanting to have to descend down this thing, I took the Bellows Pipe trail and then meandered around the remnants of the abandoned alpine ski area near the base of the trails, as the rain moved in.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Greylock
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate to Heavy
Destination: Ragged Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 30, 2006
Hike Commenced: 10:45 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,186'
Destination: Mt. Greylock
Ascent Commenced: 10:49 AM at Thunderbolt Foot Trail trailhead
Summit Reached: 12:05 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,215'
Summit Elevation: 3,491'
Vertical Gain: 2,276'
Destination: Ragged Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:43 PM
Summit Reached: 1:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:02
Trailhead Elevation: 3,491'
Summit Elevation: 2,517'
Vertical Gain: 329'
Hike Ended: 3:48 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,023'



Thunderbolt Foot Trail trailhead (to Mt. Greylock Summit)


Mt. Greylock summit (looking east-southeast)


Narrow Ragged Mountain trail


South side of Ragged Mountain (looking southwest)




Directions to trailhead: Thiel Road is west of Adams.

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