Stoney Ledge via Haley Farm Trail and/or Hopper Trail
Stoney Ledge is a popular and beautiful alternative to a trek to the summit of Mt Greylock, Massachusetts' highest peak. The views from this overlook offer something a bit more wild and untamed than the spotted farmland and towns seen from the top. Particularly stunning in the fall, Stoney Ledge looks down into The Hopper, a bowl carved out of the mountains by glaciers, and across to the summit of Greylock. When the leaves are down, March Cataract Falls can sometimes be spotted across the way. Even though this trail isn't a summit trek, areas of steep and rocky terrain give it a ranking of moderate. Round out your trip by ascending via the Hopper Trail, following Sperry Road east through the campsites, and descend via Haley Farm for an approximately 4-4.5 mile journey and an elevation gain of approximately 1,500 feet. The woodlands change from dark Hemlock and Balsam stands along the river, to a classic New England hardwood mix as you gain elevation. Greylock Reservation Topo Map
The ample, albeit seasonally muddy, parking area for the Hopper trails is located 2 miles east on Hopper Road off of rte 43 in Williamstown. In the spring, the dirt section of Hopper Road can be closed due to mud, so you may need to hike in to the trail head from where the pavement ends. There is an active dairy farm at the parking area, so be prepared for friendly and curious cows. Also, your dog will need to be leashed through the farm section at least, but refer to the Greylock Reservation regulations for official doggy business. Both the Hopper Trail and Haley Farm trail are accessed by walking east out of the parking area, through the gates, and down a cool old cobble-stoned road next to the pastures. Haley Farm trail will split off to your right first, continue straight to pick up the Hopper trail. In the spring, keep your eyes peeled for plentiful Trillium and Lady Slipper in the understory.
Stoney Ledge is exactly what it sounds like: it's a ledge with steep drop offs and jagged stones. There are no fences, ropes, or other restraints/guards at the top. There are also some steep and rocky sections, including a set of stone steps that get super slippery when wet. That being said, this is a favorite hike for families and you will see many children at the top and along the trail (both those who hiked up, and those who are staying in the campground).
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