Trail Mix

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"Trail Mix" is a hiking column written by Alan Cordova '06 for the Williams Record. Some recommendations from the author:

Hikes for "non-hikers": Lower Linear Park Loop, Four Walks and The Cascades.

Non-hikes: (biking) North by Northeast, R.A.M.G.O.D. (Ride Around Mount Greylock in One Day) and Two Rides; (rafting) The Hoosic River; (skiing) Jiminy Peak.

Route 7 and Route 2 divide the area around Williamstown into four quadrants.

North[edit]

These hikes are north of campus, east of Route 7, in the southern extent of the Green Mountains. They are organized roughly north to south by their trailheads.

The Dome[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 5 miles
  • Vertical gain: Approximately 1,700 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: Approximately 3 hours
  • Trailhead (3.5 miles)

Broad Brook and Part II[edit]

Lower Broad Brook[edit]

  • Roundtrip Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Vertical Gain: 178 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Upper Broad Brook[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 5.2 Miles
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Vertical Gain: 945 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult

North by Northeast[edit]

  • Length: 21 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Total Vertical Rise: 2,100 feet
  • Roundtrip Biking Time: 5 hours

Pine Cobble[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 3.2 miles
  • Vertical gain: Approximately 1,200 feet
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: Approximately 2 hours
  • Trailhead within Walking Distance of Campus

AT to Pine Cobble[edit]

  • One-Way Length: 3.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Vertical Rise: 1,420 feet
  • Hiking Time: 2 hours

The Hoosic River from Ashton Avenue to the Williamstown Waste Transfer Station[edit]

  • Distance: 3.9 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

Lower Linear Park Loop[edit]

  • Length: 1.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 45 minutes

Two Rides[edit]

South[edit]

These hikes are south of Route 2. They are organized west to east by their trailheads.

Berlin Pass[edit]

Lower Loop[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 1.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Vertical Rise: 650 feet
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 1.5 hours

Stone Hill[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 0.7-4.0 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 30 minutes – 120 minutes
  • Trailhead within Walking Distance of Campus

Jiminy Peak[edit]

East[edit]

Primarily in and around Mt. Greylock, organized north to south by trailhead.

The Cascades[edit]

  • Roundtrip Distance: 1 Mile
  • Vertical: 300 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead within Biking Distance

AT to Mount Prospect[edit]

  • Roundtrip distance: 5 miles
  • Vertical: 1520 feet
  • Trailhead within biking distance

Hopper Trail to Stony Ledge[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 6.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Vertical Rise: 1,358 feet
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 3 hours

Greylock Summit Loop[edit]

  • Length: 3.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Vertical Rise: 1,100 feet
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 2 hours

R.A.M.G.O.D. (Ride Around Mount Greylock in One Day)[edit]

  • Distance: 33 miles
  • Time: 4 hours for a leisurely ride

West[edit]

North of Route 2 and west of Route 7, these are all in and around Hopkins Forest.

Triple Point Trail[edit]

Hopkins Forest Tour[edit]

  • Length: 7.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Vertical Rise: 1,500 feet
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 4 hours

Snowshoe Hot Spots[edit]

Northwest Hill Road[edit]

  • Length (from campus): 4 miles
  • Vertical Gain: 430 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking time: 2 hours

Hopkins Forest[edit]

Lower Loop[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 1.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Vertical Rise: 250 feet
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 1 hour

Both Loops[edit]

  • Roundtrip Length: 4.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Vertical Rise: 530 feet
  • Roundtrip Hiking Time: 2 hours
  • Trailhead within Walking Distance of Campus

Petersburg Road[edit]

1 Type Distance Time Difficulty Vertical
2 Road 4.6 miles 1 hour Easy 532 feet
3 Road and Trail 7 miles 3 hours Medium-Difficult 827 feet

Four Walks[edit]