Hike to Laura's Tower and Ice Glen

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Climb Laura's Tower for panoramic view of the middle Berkshires, including Mount Greylock the highest point in Massachusetts.

You will park at the end of Park Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  From the parking are you will cross a beautiful bridge over the Housatonic River.  The trail crosses railroad tracks and immediately begins to climb into the woods. 

You will reach a split in the trail, a left will take you steeply up the slopes of the hillside.  After less than a mile of climbing, you will see the 30 foot tower.  The tower sits upon one of the many small peaks of Beartown Mountain at an elevation of 1465 feet.   Once atop the tower, the views are to the west and decent views north and east while views south are obscured by the treeline.

After a short walk back down the trail from Laura's Tower, you again reach the earlier split in the trail. Turn left at the fork and proceed on the Ice Glen Trail.  It is a fairly short walk to the base of this amazing spot.  Each side of the trail is flanked with enormous boulders.  Continue on the disarranged trail through the large boulders.  Deep crevices can be seen all along the trail between the boulders.  The glen itself is only about a quarter mile long.  

Once you are ready retrace your steps back to your vehicle.

Not part of the mileage mentioned you can also add a 1.2 mile round trip on the Mary V Flynn Trail along the Housatonic River. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks 
  • Camera
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RT Distance 2.58 Miles
Elevation Gain 600 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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