Monument Mountain, Great Barrington
Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Monument Mountain is a 2.5mi long quartzite ridgeline located in Great Barrington and Stockbridge, Massachusetts in the Berkshires geology. Beside the high point, 1739ft, the mountain has several other distinct peaks, most notably the open, knife-edge Squaw Peak, 1642ft located on the southeast side of the mountain within the 503acre Monument Mountain reservation managed by The Trustees of Reservations. The mountain receives over 20,000 visitors per year.Devil's Pulpit, part of Squaw Peak, is a free-standing pillar of stone. Flag Rock, located on the southwest side of the mountain, is an open ledge overlooking the village of Housatonic. The only official trails on the mountain ascend Squaw Peak from a parking lot on Massachusetts Route 7 north of Great Barrington center. There is no fee for members of The Trustees and a parking fee of $5 for non-members. An unnamed waterfall is located to the northeast of Squaw Peak along the Hickey Trail.Views from Squaw Peak include the Housatonic River Valley, The Berkshires, the Taconic Mountains, and the Catskill Mountains of New York.The west side of Monument Mountain drains into the Housatonic River thence into Long Island Sound. The east side of Monument Mountain drains into Konkapot Brook thence into the Housatonic River.Plan your visit to Monument Mountain and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Great Barrington trip itinerary builder.
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While visiting family in Connecticut, we decided to take a trip west towards Route 7 which brought us through a bucolic area of Connecticut and Massachusetts. We took a couple of days to visit western... read more »
Start with the yellow track go on the red one for the lookout which is amazing during indian summer. And go back on the blue track. If you have the possibility look at the sunset from the lookout.
need good walking shoes and a bit of care on a rocky ascent but well worth it.recommend going up on the steeper rote ,squaw trail and down on the yellow marked trail ..much easier descent.
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