Picking up the Taconic Crest Trail just north of Route 2 at the Petersburg Pass, one enters Hopkins Forest, which is
owned by Williams College.
About 3/4 of a mile in, before you reach the Birch Brook Trail down to the valley, and the Hopkins Forest environmental
center, the forest thins out to younger, thinner trees. Unmarked, on a rise a few yards to the east is Jim Smith Hill, a clearing
from which you can see Greylock.
Taken with the zoom at the north end of the Mount Greylock State Reservation are Mount Williams in the back and Mount
Prospect in front of it. Unseen, Notch Road runs through the high valley between these two peaks. The white dot on the top
of Mount Prospect, very near the top of the slope, is the clearing where the Appalachian Trail turns east toward Mount Williams,
and where the Mount Prospect Trail runs south across the top of Prospect.
Looking back toward the pass from the first clearing. The trail heading south from the pass takes the steep route
back up to the crest that runs from the white spot by the road up over the top of the bush in the foreground and then turns
south toward Berlin Mountain.
The late afternoon sun casts shadows on the snow.
Taconic Crest Trail Two
The Greylock Reservation Project
IV. On the Reservation
Mark Rondeau - Writer, Editor, Photographer