Snow in April

Peak Summited2019 Mount Greylock
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadHopper Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a dog
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

The day called for rain, but we were determined to head up Mount Greylock. We opted for the slightly longer Hopper Trail up to the top. The parking lot is next to a barn, that at this time of year had several calves present to say ‘Hello.' The Hopper Trail wound around the mountain in old growth forest; the trail cut into the edges of the mountain, and wrapped around a beautiful valley. We could hear a river flowing below. With the recent hot days, there was a lot of water on the trails, and at some points, it seemed like we were walking up a stream, but beauty was abound (and our boots are still waterproof!). When we reached the upper third we encountered snow and ice. Where a blanket of pine needles fell on the ice it was easier to walk, though a few places were hairy. A climbing partner had spikes, and they came in handy. Hoping to invest in those for next year. Near the top was a small pond with an old shack – a great photo opp! The summit was quite windy and cold, but clear, and we could see a future Six-Pack Mountain – Mount Monadnock looming in the distance. Looking forward to our next hike!

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