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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