|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Stony Ledge, Saddle Ball Mountain, Mt. Greylock, MA|
||Haley Farm Trail, Sperry Road, CCC Dynamite Trail, Jones Nose Trail, Appalachian Trail, Overlook Trail, Hopper Trail, Money Brook Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, October 6, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||At the end of Hopper Road there is a kiosk and a parking area. Only a total of four cars this day. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Bridges were swell |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails clear and well blazed. Signs are lacking distance information. Even the trailhead kiosk maps do not have any distances noted. |
||well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome |
|Lost and Found:
|| As I drove up Hopper Road a big fat bear crossed in front of me and I watched it run across the field. Met up with friends and we headed up to Stony Ledge, the mountains/Hopper were lovely with trees beginning to near peak. Not much blue sky until the end of the day but enough to be happy on the trail|
From Stony Ledge I dashed off and jogged down Sperry Road--felt all downhill until I got to the auto road and the CCC Dynamite Trail, no idea why this is the name I saw no evidence of a blast. Moved along on the nearly level trail until I hit the intersection with the Jones Nose Trail, only sign I saw with mileage "3 miles to Summit". Yikes is that Saddle Ball or Greylock, better be Greylock. I skipped descending to the Jones Nose since I worried my friends would be waiting too long for me
Poor Saddle Ball, the only other 3k Peak in Mass and it doesn't even get recognized with a summit sign on its wooded highpoint. I liked the AT rolling over the bumps of Saddle Ball every col was wet and tad muddy.
Followed the white blazes to Greylock where there were quite a few people for a week day. Mask madness prevails, guess there isn't enough free air outside. Vista hazy, so okay. Found Carey and Fran sitting at a little table eating their lunches near next to the closed Lodge. Strolled around the moment one more time before descending the Overlook Trail, disappointing there isn't any views of note, why this is called the overlook trail maybe it needs serious chainsaw work. Hopper down and then Money Brook Trail. This was a highlight of the day, the crystal clear water rushing down the rocky streambed was delightful. Fun time , my tracker said I went 15 miles. coming back for winter soon.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.