Monument Mountain, Great Barrington

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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.
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  • August 9, 2017
    We visit regularly. Love the hiking. Paths are well marked and signage at the bottom lets you choose your difficulty. Free parking, picnicking and pets welcome. Great family fun.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    I chose the blue Monument trail and was surprised a bit by how rocky it was (since I'd heard how it was a former carriage road), but that was just the first .4, after that it was fantastic! A nice smo...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    There is adequate parking in the lot right off the road. You have to pay $5.00 to park and get the ticket at a machine. There are no bathroom facilities on the property that we saw. We took the Blue t...  more »

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