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Address: Route 7, Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Description: Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants...
Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular landscapes of the Housatonic River Valley.
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great little hike

This is a short (3 miles) loop trail that allows you follow in the footsteps of Hawthorne and Melville. It is also a pleasant hike. If is is raining, or has rained, the trail to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Elliston, Virginia
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Elliston, Virginia
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a short (3 miles) loop trail that allows you follow in the footsteps of Hawthorne and Melville. It is also a pleasant hike. If is is raining, or has rained, the trail to Squaw Peak will be difficult and quite slippery. Seasoned hikers can go either way, however, less competent hikers should start going to the left, it... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Took the more difficult path to the right up to the summit. Hiked with my 2 girls (12 and 15). My 12 year old first real hike. She did great. The path to the left is longer and not steep at all. The boulders at the top need to be climbed to see the vistas at the summit. But a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My husband and I took this trail yesterday. We are both a bit out of shape. We took the longer less strenuous trail up, then Squaw Peak across the summit. Views are beautiful and the trail is well maintained and marked. We got our courage up and took the more difficult trail down. If I lived here, I would hike... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The hike up Monument Mountain is steep and rocky, but short; and the view is unquestionably worthwhile. There are 3 routes: A) Turn south (left) from the parking lot and go up the 1.5-mile Indian Monument trail, then continue up the Squaw Peak trail to approach the summit from the north. B) Go up the Indian Monument Trail, then turn... More 

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West Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great hike! Fairly easy climb, there is a scramble to the top over rocks, but nothing you need gear for! The view is spectacular and the trails were clean and very clearly marked! Took about two hours or so to complete. Saw people of all ages!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

From hiking the area, I experienced why Monument Mountain was the subject of art and literature for Bryant, Hawthorne and Melville. The Scenic Views for edges of the mountain are breathtaking. Enjoy and cherish the moments along the trails.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This was a well marked trail and I felt safe hiking alone. It was visited by many on the weekend and I met people along the trail which was comforting. The incline was a good work out and the view was worth the hike up. Nice water feature on the way down. 3 trails options to choose from.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My wife and I took a quiet hike once you rose above the adjacent highway. The hike was rigorous with well marked trails and scenic vistas. Very few people on the trail on a nice Saturday morning.

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Linz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Gentle walk up to the top. Once you're there, you are able to enjoy an amazing view over the landscape of Berkshire County. You're also passing a lovely waterfall with a small cave beside. I highly recommend hiking up the Monument Mountain ;)

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We are semi-active novice hikers and found the Hickey Trail quite challenging (but manageable). When you face the trails in the parking lot, Hickey Trail goes right (yellow markers, 30 degree climb) and Indian Monument Trail goes left (blue markers, more gradual climb). As we huffed and puffed up Hickey, we truly enjoyed the fresh running water in the brooks... More 

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Address: Route 7, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Great Barrington

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