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Mt. Greylock: Does it count if you can drive to the summit?
posted by John : August 30, 2015


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Heck of a summit marker


After our epic climb of Connecticut's high point earlier in the day we still had another few hours to drive north to Vermont. But driving for hours is boring. Hey... what's this? We can drive to the high point of Massachusetts?

Yes. You can actually drive to the high point of Massachusetts, Mt. Greylock. And not a potholed, going-to-void-the-warranty-on-the-rental-car kind of road. The road to the summit is a well maintained ribbon of black that only threatens if you get distracted by the views.

At the summit we parked, dropped a few bucks in the donation bucket, and hiked the grueling/paved Appalachian Trail to the summit marker. In Connecticut the state high point was marked with a modest green metal stake perhaps six inches high.

But Massachusetts is a commonwealth and they do things a wee bit bigger. The Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower marks the summit and stands a whopping 93 feet in height. (It makes sense it's so massive since it honors more than a simple accident of nature.)

The views from the summit area were great and the sky was bluer (and less hazy) than earlier in the day on Mt. Frissell so we spent a fair amount of time looking across the rolling hills.

Clearly, this is a more appealing type of high point for some of the family, but I think we all enjoyed it nonetheless. What it made clear for me was the fact that it's the journey rather than the "accomplishment" of standing higher than everyone else in the state. I'd rather hike up a smaller hill than drive to the summit of a higher one.

But maybe I'm just weird. I've been told that form time to time.

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