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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  • We were visiting the Berkshires area for the first time and I came across Monument Mountain as an option for a nice hike. We were not disappointed. We took the gentler ascent from the car park, turnin...  more »
  • We took the easy trail to the ridge trail, then down the steeper trail. The perfect amount of exercise, not too strenuous but enough to feel a workout. It was great to see so many people out hiking. T...  more »
  • Challenging and Scenic....Took Hickey Trail to summit. It took two of us with our dog about 35 min to reach inscription rock and another 10 to reach the summit. It is a workout with rocks, boulders an...  more »
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