Robinson's Point Loop via Appalachian Trail
This route follows the Appalachian Trail (AT) from the Wilbur's Clearing Trailhead on Rockwell Road approximately 3 miles to the summit of Mt. Greylock, the tallest peak in Massachusetts (3,489'). Named after Jeremiah Wilbur, a farmer who cleared 1,600 acres on the northern flank of the mountain for pasture land, the trail begins in a thick stand of red spruce. Follow the trail uphill, past an old stone fireplace, to intersect with the AT. Follow the AT south (right) along a ridge line that allows views of the valley floor in late fall and early spring before leaf-out. The AT intersects with Thunderbolt Trail, still used seasonally for backcountry skiing, and climbs steadily. A set of stone stairs leads hikers to a crossing with Rockwell Road, and then back into the forest to the memorial tower and parking area at the summit. Overnight accommodations are available seasonally at Bascom Lodge and Sperry Campground.
The Wilbur's Clearing trailhead has a large and well-marked parking area off of Rockwell Road, the paved summit road on Mt Greylock. Heading up from the North Adams access, the trailhead will be on your lefthand side. Please note: Rockwell Road is closed from mid-October until June. During this time, use lower elevation AT access.
Although long in duration, this is one of the easier and more family-friendly ascents. With the additional option of being picked up by vehicle at the top (parking fees might apply), this is a great introductory hike for children or those new to hiking.