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Ascent of Mount Greylock on 2019-06-22

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, June 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Greylock
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:3487 ft / 1062 m

Ascent Trip Report

First time hiking to the Massachusetts highpoint! This was state highpoint #8 for me. We took the Hopper Trail on the ascent. Haley Farm parking lot was overflowing when we arrived; late arrivals were parking on the grass. The Hopper Trail was a long, monotonous ascent. This trail is very straight and pretty steep for the whole way up to Sperry Road as it climbs up the northeast slope of Stony Ledge. After following the campground road, it gets nicer, going through nice forests. Some stretches were muddy. Several times it approaches the auto road. The pond just below the summit was nice. The summit was crowded, as expected. The best ground-level view is to the east, from the nice grassy clearing. The war memorial tower was really impressive, with its ornate ceilings and spiral stairs. The views were extensive and amazing. We could see rain showers passing over the southern Green Mountains. We took a lunch break at the summit, admiring the flatlands to the east. As we started to head down, we heard some thunder. There had been no rain in the forecast for this area, but showers started as we descended. We had chosen the Overlook Trail for an alternate route down, and I feared the rain showers might ruin the view. It turned out that the Overlook Trail was deceptively named, and there was only one very limited viewpoint on the entire trail. I would not recommend it, as it is not at all worth the extra distance. The rain got quite heavy, but let up as we made it back to the Hopper Trail, where the muddy areas got much worse. The rain had stopped as we walked along Spurry Road, so we decided to make the side trip to March Cataract Falls. It's a bit of extra elevation gain and loss to get to the cascades, but I thought they were really nice and worth the trip. It rained heavily again as we left the cascades, but the sun came out when we made it back to the road. We decided to continue to Stony Ledge since it was suddenly so nice. It was an easy walk up the road, and the view at the top was very nice; it overlooked the Hopper, which was quite interesting. This was another side trip that was definitely worth it. We descended on Haley Farm Trail, which had lots of switchbacks. It was a mostly pleasant trail, and near the bottom, there was a beautiful open forest with very sparse, large trees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3287 ft / 1001 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3287 ft / 1001 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2487 ft / 758 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2387 ft / 727 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Hopper Tr
    Start Trailhead:Haley Farm  1100 ft / 335 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3187 ft / 971 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2387 ft / 727 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Gain on way out:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    Route:Overlook Tr/Hopper Tr/March Cataract Tr/Sperry Rd/
    End Trailhead:Haley Farm  1100 ft / 335 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt. Greylock

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Greylock2019-06-22 a3287 ft / 1002 m
2Stony Ledge2019-06-22 b 
Total Trip Gain: 3287 ft / 1002 m    Total Trip Loss: 3287 ft / 1002 m
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