Monument Mountain, Great Barrington

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Monument Mountain is the name of a popular 503acre open space reservation located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on the southeast side of Monument Mountain. The reservation is centered on the 1642ft subordinate summit of Squaw Peak. It is managed by The Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit conservation organization and is notable for its expansive views of the Housatonic River Valley, The Berkshires, the Taconic Mountains, and the Catskill Mountains of New York from the knife-edge summit of Squaw Peak. Monument Mountain, composed of erosion resistant quartzite, is of The Berkshires geology. The reservation receives over 20,000 visitors a year.HistoryMonument Mountain has been the subject of art and literature since as early as 1815 when the poet William Cullen Bryant penned "Monument Mountain," an account of the story of a Mohican woman who allegedly leapt from what is now called Squaw Peak. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville picnicked on the mountain; a thunderstorm forced them to seek cover in a boulder cave where they engaged in a lengthy discussion which inspired some of Melville's ideas for his novel Moby Dick.
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  • My husband and I swapped in a hike at Monument Mountain for our usual gym workout. This is not an easy hike on a hot day! You will get a good outdoor workout, but be prepared for a steep climb up the ...  more »
  • This hike took us 1 hour round trip (total of 2.75 miles according to our GPS). We even enjoyed the views on a foggy/drizzly day and I’m sure they’re even better on a clear day!  more »
  • After years of passing by Monument Mountain, it became our destination. Lifelong avid hikers, we love to explore these local treasures. The hike to the top has two options...one is strenuous and the o...  more »
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