Monument Mountain, Great Barrington

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Monument Mountain is the name of a popular 503acre open space reservation located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on the southeast side of Monument Mountain. The reservation is centered on the 1642ft subordinate summit of Squaw Peak. It is managed by The Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit conservation organization and is notable for its expansive views of the Housatonic River Valley, The Berkshires, the Taconic Mountains, and the Catskill Mountains of New York from the knife-edge summit of Squaw Peak. Monument Mountain, composed of erosion resistant quartzite, is of The Berkshires geology. The reservation receives over 20,000 visitors a year.HistoryMonument Mountain has been the subject of art and literature since as early as 1815 when the poet William Cullen Bryant penned "Monument Mountain," an account of the story of a Mohican woman who allegedly leapt from what is now called Squaw Peak. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville picnicked on the mountain; a thunderstorm forced them to seek cover in a boulder cave where they engaged in a lengthy discussion which inspired some of Melville's ideas for his novel Moby Dick.
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  • Just off highway with ample parking adjacent to trailhead. Trek to the peak for energetic exprienced hikers. Parts of trail are tricky and steep. Easier walks are available for the less adveturesome a...  more »
  • Hike to the top might not be for the elderly, many rocks,some climbing, some parts of the trail may be on cliff edges.  more »

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