Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hiking - Mount Greylock, MA

Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts, at 3491 feet. It's only about 90 minutes from home, and today, the Taconic Hiking Club had a hike going there. With early spring temps expected in the mid-70s, I couldn't resist this chance to get out.

We approached from the west, via the Hopper Trail, climbing 2400 feet in about 4 miles, and returning via the same route. Above about 2800 feet, we encountered shaded pockets of deep snow and ice, necessitating instep crampons or Stabilicers. Once we reached the summit, we spent about an hour there enjoying lunch, conversation, the sun, the hawks soaring on thermals, and the outstanding view towards Adams, MA.

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