About Western Summit
The Western Summit is a family-friendly overlook with panoramic scenic views of the Berkshires. Visitors can see west toward North Adams, Williamstown, and New York. The outlook also provides an excellent vista of Mount Greylock: the tallest mountain in Massachusetts. When cool weather arrives, these mountains erupt with the yellows and oranges of fall foliage. Then, since the outlook faces toward the west, there is a fantastic view of the sun when it sets over the Taconic Crest.
This vista also serves as a trailhead for the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. On its way west, the hiking trail leads down a steep slope toward Route 2. This section of the path is overall strenuous and leafy, making it a great challenge for experienced hikers.
Going east, on the other hand, hikers will arrive at the Hoosic Trail Trailhead. This well-established path travels through a dense forest toward numerous scenic overlooks. Visitors can go backpacking and camping along this section of the Mahican-Mohawk Trail, which continues east to Charlemont.
Visitors should park in a small lot on the side of Route 2, just before it descends to the Hairpin Turn. Picnic tables rest at the vista, supplying ample space to relax and eat while looking over Western Massachusetts.