Hike: Greylock: The Hopper (Intermediate)

  • April 13, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Hike: Greylock in the Round: The Hopper (Intermediate)

It's mud season in the Whites, so come south and join me in my favorite Greylock hike, around the Hopper. Mount Greylock is the highest natural point in Massachusetts at 3,489 feet (1,063 m). The Hopper, a cirque, also located on the west side of Greylock, is the southernmost such glacial feature in New England.

Experience the breadth of the Greylock range. Climb the Hopper valley past Money Brook Falls and across the ridge to the Mt. Greylock summit and on to Stony Ledge. Beautiful terrain and scenery the whole way as we circle the Hopper ravine. Worth the effort, but be prepared for a long day. Along the way we will tag 4 peaks including Mt. Prospect, Mt. Fitch, Mt. Williams and Mt. Greylock. On Greylock you can ascend the War Memorial tower for fantastic views. Bascom Lodge and the Thunderbolt Ski Shelter are also in the summit area.

This hike is rated intermediate because of the extended distance of about 14 miles with an elevation gain of about 2600' total. I would like to move at a 2 mph average pace, which is moderately fast. Ideally we will have lunch on the Greylock summit. Participants should have previous experience with hikes of this duration, as it is unfair to the group if you cannot maintain a reasonable pace for this distance. As is always the case, we will hike as a group.

My expectation is that snow will be long gone, and mud pretty much dried up on this route, much of which is on a ridge, including several miles of the Appalachian Trail. No dogs and no guests on this hike please, mainly because of the distance.

 

 

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  • sandy

    Thanks Ted, I'm all set!

    April 12, 2013

  • Ted B.

    I wouldn't mind carpooling. I am leaving from Boston and probably going via Rte 2, but I'm flexible.

    April 12, 2013

  • sandy

    Any1 interested in carpooling from metro west area?

    April 11, 2013

  • Jeffrey D.

    Winter is hanging tough this spring. I spoke with the ranger at the Greylock visitor center today, and he indicated that there is still snow up on the mountain, though it is well consolidated and travel should be easy. Micro spikes (best) or other traction will be needed for this hike. There is also a chance of flurries or a passing shower, so you should also pack a shell or rain jacket. That said, conditions are looking OK, and at this point the hike is on! I think we'll have a nice hike under reasonable if not ideal conditions, and it will sure beat sitting at home on the couch.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I found out I have to work from home this weekend but will look forward to joining you all soon!

    April 10, 2013

  • naturegirl

    Might see you on the trail!

    April 10, 2013

  • Jeffrey D.

    BTW, If anyone IS interested in rock climbing, join us the next day (Sunday) at Rose Ledge in Erving. Excellent top roping crag, suitable for all skill levels, beginners welcome! Check the calendar.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    About how long is the hike so I can prepare?

    April 9, 2013

    • Jeffrey D.

      I think that we will be most of the day, finishing around 4-5pm, depending on the pace of the slowest participants. At a respectable 2 mph, allowing for some time for lunch at the summit this will be a 7 1/2 hour hike, which would be 4pm. Realistically we might be a little longer. Glad to have you aboard ;-).

      April 9, 2013

  • Dana

    I gotta cancel I need a break. 7 weekends in the mountains in a row. I Can't do 8.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to come Saturday and I love to hike but don't have a lot of experience rock climbing..so is there going to be a lot rock climbing??

    April 8, 2013

    • Jeffrey D.

      No, there is no climbing, this is strictly on hiking trails, nothing technical. The only thing is it is about 14 miles in total distance, starting with about 3 miles mostly up hill, 7-8 mostly flat along the ridge, then 3-4 miles mostly downhill back to where we started.

      April 8, 2013

  • sandy

    I'm a maybe , will update next week

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to a conference that weekend now - I'll catch you next time!

    March 26, 2013

  • Dana

    Tha Hahppah? (Prepare for fake Southie accent...)

    March 26, 2013

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