Hike Hancock Shaker Mountain

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

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1491094

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!


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  • Tim J.

    Super hike with an awesome group. Thanks Dorothy, Betsy, and everyone for a great day!

    May 25

  • Carl L.

    Great people and hike! Thank you!

    May 24

  • Gail

    Thanks Maryanne for the photos-they are great

    1 · May 24

  • Wan

    Thank you for the wonderful hike.

    May 24

  • Joe H.

    Joe Hart on May 24,[masked]:29 PM
    Dorothy Thanks to you and Betsy for another fine outing! Looks like the wildflower we saw so much of, and appears in Mary Anne's photo, is "foamflower." Joe

    May 24

  • Lisa

    It was so good to see everyone again! Thank you for good times as always !!.

    1 · May 24

  • Lauren

    Thank you Betsy & Dorothy for the great hike and cupcakes :-)

    May 24

  • Gail

    Thanks to Betsy & Dorothy for another wonderful adventure with llbean - looking forward to Monday.

    1 · May 24

  • Gusti

    Good morning friends. I was up all night with a stomach bug. Am in no shape for a hike. I'm so sorry to have to cancel last minute . . .

    May 24

  • Gail

    I've been to the Shaker Hancock Village but never did the hike - looking forward.

    May 23

  • Blanche N.

    I am sorry to cancel as I love this hike but I am going to Bennington to Mayfest and the open studios instead. It seems that I either have nothing to do or many things on one day. Even when one is retired it's a weekend world. Enjoy the hike.

    May 23

  • Rose B.

    I also need to cancel. I hope someone can use my spot. I have to put some time into my garden...we need to make a dent by June 1st (it's a community garden and there are rules) and that means weekends for me! Enjoy all!

    May 23

  • Beth

    I have a stomach bug today, so I don't think I'll be ready for a hike tomorrow. Sorry to miss this. Hope you all enjoy it.

    May 23

  • Carl L.

    Hi Betsy, Will you cancel if the rain continues? Thank You

    May 22

    • Mary A.

      No such thing as bad weather- just bad clothing! ;)

      May 22

    • Carl L.

      I like that!

      May 22

  • Blanche N.

    At this point, I am a maybe depending on the weather Saturday morning.

    May 22

  • Blanche N.

    Are we meeting at the trail head parking lot on the left of Rt. 20 as you drive towards Pittsfield or in the Village parking lot on the right? I plan on being at the trail head parking unles I hear otherwise. See you Saturday!

    May 21

    • Betsy

      We will be meeting on the trail head side of rte 20, across the street from the museum parking lot

      May 22

  • Bob R.

    I have a conflict and will not be able to attend. Hope to see you on a future hike

    May 21

  • Rebecca R.

    Please notify that a spot opened up for someone to attend. I will not be able to make the trip. Have a super day!

    May 21

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