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Negus Mountain
Rowe, MA, and Charlemont, MA

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

Looking up toward the middle third of the ascent

I find it hard to get the motivation to hike on a cloudy day. Nonetheless, Negus is nice enough to inspire me to hike in less than ideal weather.

After looking at a topographical map of the area a few weeks prior, I realized that I had no in fact summited Negus in my previous two hikes - the true summit is down the ridge a bit more. One knows s/he is near the true summit when fourwheeler/four wheel drive road turnaround is visible - the actual high point (no view) is a few hundred yards of bushingwacking from this.

Having been to the true summit, I can say that the southern peak, though lower, provides better views.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Negus Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 17, 2006
Hike Commenced: 12:52 PM
Parking Elevation: 750'
Destination: Negus Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:54 PM
Summit Reached: 1:36 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 755'
Summit Elevation: 1,773'
Vertical Gain: 1,118'
Hike Ended: 2:23 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,260'

Looking west at Mt. Greylock from the Negus Mountain summit

Directions to trailhead: Take Zoar Road to Zoar Gap. Parking is available on both sides of the road. Walk down the dead end road with the yellow fence at the end, cross the railroad tracks - the trailhead should be right there.

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