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Mt. Greylock
Adams, MA

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

Route: Thunderbolt Trail

Since I was in the area, I decided I'd do a quick but strenuous hike up Mt. Greylock. Arriving at the makeshift parking area at the bottom of the Thunderbolt Trail, I quickly set foot up the trail, using the foot trail instead of the ski trail at one point. The foliage colors along the trail down low were quite nice.

While it is certainly a challenging trail, I recall it being relatively steeper in my previous ascent a few years earlier. Nonetheless, it's still quite a workout.

Reaching the summit, I was surprised to see the parking lots and roads all paved and painted - I wonder why they weren't able to open the auto road for the fall foliage season?

The views from the summit vistas were excellent (though it would have been much nicer had the tower been open). Since I wanted to get another short hike in, I didn't loiter for too long.

Descending and reaching the bottom of the trail, I could tell things were getting busier as the day progressed - and quite understandably, as the weather and foliage were great!

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Greylock
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, October 18, 2008
Hike Commenced: 9:49 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,215'
Destination: Mt. Greylock
Ascent Commenced: 9:49 AM
Summit Reached: 10:48 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:59
Trailhead Elevation: 1,215'
Summit Elevation: 3,491'
Vertical Gain: 2,336'
Hike Ended: 12:13 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:24
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,426'

The Thunderbolt Trail trailhead
The Thunderbolt Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Monadnock from near the Mt. Greylock summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Monadnock from near the Mt. Greylock summit

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 8 south from North Adams. Take a right onto Friend Street, which eventually becomes West Road. Take a right onto Gould Road, then bear right onto Thiel Road. The Thunderbolt Foot Trail trailhead will be at the end of this road.

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