Monument Mountain & Devil’s Pulpit

Monument Mountain is one of the Berkshires’ most beloved landmarks.

Hike Length: 2.6 miles (4.18 km)

Total Ascent: 680ft (207m)

Intensity: Moderate Hike

Route Type: Loop

Includes: Blazed Trail, Rock Scrambles

Parent Monument Mountain

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View of Devil’s Pulpit from Monument Mountain

View of Devil’s Pulpit

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 A short rugged loop with epic views.

Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, MA, is one of the Berkshires’ most beloved landmarks. Its knife-edge summit offers spectacular views of the Housatonic River Valley below, as well as the Devil’s Pulpit, The Taconics, and The Catskills.

This route begins at the base, and leads in you in a loop through dense forests and rocky trails that reveal glimpses of the region’s vibrant past. The trail takes you over the summit of Peeskawso Peak, named to honor the area’s Mohican heritage, where sweeping views of the Berkshires and beyond unfold in breathtaking fashion.

From the summit of Peeskawso Peak, the trail descends along the cold northern ridge. Here, a hidden waterfall stands as a tranquil highlight on your hike out.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker seeking a new challenge or a nature enthusiast looking to connect with the Berkshires’ natural beauty, this hike offers an unforgettable day in the mountains.

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Monument Mountain Hiking Trail

The Monument Mountain hiking trail includes…

  • A nice easy warm-up mile
  • A short, steep, rugged and rocky ascent to the summit
  • A spur trail to view the Devil’s Pulpit
  • An epic unofficial view I’m calling the Devil’s Parapet
  • Multiple banger views from the summit ridge
  • Gorgeous trails throughout
  • A sweet waterfall

A full breakdown is provided in the hike notes below, with 14 sensational photos.

Monument Mountain Hike Time

Allow 1½-2 hours for this hike.

Momument Mountain Elevation Gain

The elevation gain for this hike is 670 feet (apx 200 meters).

Monument Mountain Trail Notes & Gallery

This is easily one of the loveliest hikes I’ve done in a long time. Especially around sunset or sunrise (if you’re properly prepared), the summit ridge of Peeskawso Peak offers gorgeous views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Note: parking for non-members is currently $6, payable by machine/credit card.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Large lot, small fee for non-members.

Google Maps Location: 42.243145, -73.335229

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Good cell service throughout. My network is Verizon. YMMV.