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The summit of Mount Greylock seen from the east from near the top of Ragged Mountain.



The photos and text on the pages linked here recount my explorations of the Mount Greylock State Reservation in northern Berkshire County, Mass., over the past three and a half years. This includes two years when the access roads were closed for improvements. The trails up the mountain and the mountaintop are great, but there is much more to the park than that. If you are unfamiliar with the Mount Greylock State Reservation, I hope these pages give you a better idea what it is about.

The Greylock Reservation Project

II. Natural History & Topography

III. Industry & Majesty

IV. On the Reservation

V. What's Here

VI. My Backyard/Road Work/Sources

VII. Road Work Moves Ahead

VIII. Two Great Hikes

Roads to Mount Greylock Now Open

John Bascom and Mount Greylock


Mount Prospect, right, and Mount Williams, seen from the Harriman Airport in North Adams, mark the northern end of the Mount Greylock State Reservation. They might look like little hills, but they are not. The Appalachian Trail runs up the spine of Mount Prospect, down into the "Notch," and then up to the top of Mount Williams. Then the trail turns south toward the summit of Mount Greylock. From Pattison Road, near the reservoir in North Adams, it takes about 2 strenuous hours of hiking to get to the top of Mount Williams. But well worth the effort!


Clouds cover the Mount Greylock ridgeline in the Hopper on the west side of the Mount Greylock State Reservation in Williamstown. This field is kept free of trees to preserve meadow-like flora and fauna in the park. This photo was taken in October of 2007.