There seemed to be two paths up, we heard later that we had taken the steeper (more difficult) way. Still, it was worth it, great views!
Hiked with 4 kids aged 7-9. There are several routes to choose from. The hike itself was fairly simple and not that long a trip to the top of the mountain. The views from the top are great but it is a touch challenging to get to the top rock, so don't think you can just mosey on up there.
This trail system makes a loop around Monument Mountain. I headed south on the trail and followed the carriage road up to the fork label Indian Trail in on direction and STEEP in the other direction. I followed the STEEP trail and it was a relatively difficult ascent to Squawk Peak in some places. In fact, at one point on... More
We chose the carriage trail which was mostly a gentle incline and shady. Apply bug repellant liberally before starting out, bring water and your camera.
We have done this hike many times. It is a great workout, steep but not too steep, with a great view at the end. At a good pace with a rest on top, it should take about two hours. The hike is so pretty that one can do it again and again and never get bored.
The Monument Mountain "reservation" is found on route 7 north of Great Barrington in Massachusetts. There is a parking area just off route 7 with a display offering a map. The climb is varied and fascinating. You work your way through a deep forrest, ravines and a stream. Eventually the climb is steeper and surrounded by rock cliffs. At no... More
Quite a hike but the views are incredible. Inspirational.
There are 2 ways up to the top. The shorter (and therefore steeper) one is not terribly difficult; all my grandchildren have done it at 4 years old. But make sure you go down the longer way, and take the shortcut to the devil's tower. You can't see it from the road, and it's pretty spectacular. There are no sanitary... More
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