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Beautiful Fall Hikes on the Mount Greylock Reservation

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Heading north on the Bradley Farm Trail around 11 a.m. on Oct. 9, the way was foggy, following a night of rain. It would later clear up into a beautiful partly cloudy day in the low 70s.
 
 
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At just one spot on the Northrup Trail, one can see Rounds Rock through the trees to the Northeast.

 

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Beautiful fall colors on Rounds Rock. From here it is just a short hike east to cross Rockwell Road and pick up the Woodason Spring Trail south 3 mi. back to the Visitors Center.

 

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Jones Nose, 4 miles north of the Visitors Center. On Oct. 9 it took me about 2:30 to hike to here. Then I enjoyed lunch on what had turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.

 

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Here is the sign, southeast of the Jones Nose parking lot, where the Woodason Spring Trail heads south, 4 miles from the Visitors Center. The hike back takes about as long as the hike up on the Northrup Trail.

 

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I was struck by these flourishing mushrooms on the lower Woodason Spring Trail on my Oct. 4 hike. 


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This neat wooden bridge over a stream on the Northrup Trail is a real landmark for hikers. You can hike the Northrup Trail to either Rounds Rock, 3 miles from the Visitors Center, or to Jones Nose, 4 miles from the Visitors Center. I took this photo on my Oct. 9 hike to Jones Nose.
 
 
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There are two great lookouts on Rounds Rock. Here is a view of  Pontosuc Lake in Lanesborough and Pittsfield and Onota Lake in Pittsfield. I took this on my Oct. 4 hike.

 

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If one hikes north on the Northrup Trail past the spur to Rounds Rock, as I did Oct. 9, then one soon comes to this big rock formation along the trail. It looks a lot bigger "in person" than it does in this photo.

 

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Here is the view south from where I had lunch on Jones Nose. I sat on this rock, which is acutally in the middle of the trail. I was totally undisturbed here, something unheard of when the roads are open. In fact, I hiked for more than four hours before I ran into anyone on this hike on Thursday, Oct. 9.

 

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A pleasant view while hiking south down the Woodason Spring Trail on Oct. 4.
 
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