Total of 6.5 miles... elevation gain is moderate; Type: Loop; Skill Level: Moderate; Season: Spring through fall; Trailhead Elevation: 1,170 feet, Top Elevation: 1,927 feet
At 1,835 feet, Shaker Mountain is a prominent peak in the Taconic Mountains of western Massachusetts. The mountain is located in Pittsfield State Forest and is named after the nearby Hancock Shaker Village, a former Shaker religious colony and now a historic site. The summit is wooded and is traversed by the 5 mi (8.0 km) Shaker Trail, a loop trail that begins at the historic site. The mountain is wooded with northern hardwood tree species. Total mileage will be approximately 6.5.... walking to and from the parking area to the trail.
Shaker Mountain is located within Hancock, Massachusetts. The Taconic ridge line continues north from Shaker Mountain as Doll Mountain and west as Holy Mount. The mountain drains into Shaker Brook and Lily Brook, thence to the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound.
Well-marked trails start on the North side of Route 20, continue past the Shaker Reservoir, the site of the North Family and on to Mt. Sinai, the Shakers’ most spiritual place. This hike takes about 3 hours, up and back. Admission to the Village is not required in order to hike on the North side of Route 20.
Our coordinates are: Lat. [masked], Long. [masked]
For GPS purposes, Hancock Shaker Village is located at:
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock, MA 01237. Or, enter 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 then proceed 1/2 mile further West on Rt. 20 to the parking lot.
Hancock Shaker Village is located on Route 20 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just west of the junction of Routes 20 and 41.
From Albany, New York (approximately 1 hour)
Take Route I-90 east to Exit 11E (Route 20) Nassau
Follow Route 20 east into Massachusetts. The Village’s entrance is on the right, approximately 3 miles from the New York/Massachusetts border.
Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
•please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain or shine
•Dress in layers
•wear appropriate hiking footwear
•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen, rain gear, day pack.
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them
Sorry, but no dogs are allowed on any of our outings
If you have trouble finding us, Dorothy's cell [masked] or Betsy's cell[masked] feel free to call or text. There is good cell phone service in this area. Look for a black Jeep Liberty and a silver Subaru outback!