NORTH ADAMS -- Hike the historic route of American naturalist and writer Henry David Thoreau to the summit of Mount Greylock on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. The event is free. Participants should meet at the Mount Greylock State Reservation, in the Notch Road gate parking lot, 300 feet up from the intersections of Reservoir and Notch Roads, off Route 2.
Recommended for teens and adults.
In July of 1844, the year before Thoreau wrote about his experience at Walden Pond - his famous account of rugged individualism and living simply - he sauntered from Concord to Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. Local scholar and environmentalist Lauren Stevens guides this program retracing Thoreau’s ascent of the mountain. The hike is enlivened with visits to actual locations, and includes insights into Thoreau’s experience, based on excerpts in the account of this event, which is recorded in his book "A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers."
Hikers can choose between a four-mile and 11-mile route. Upper sections of the Bellows Pipe Trail are strenuous. Participants should be prepared for the trail and weather conditions. Sturdy hiking footwear is recommended. Bring your own lunch, snack and adequate water. Drinking water and restrooms are available only at the summit. Trail maps and resource materials are provided.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Hoosic River Watershed Association.