Looking for great year-round outdoor activities? Look no further than the hiking trails that wind their way through the beautiful Berkshires in western Massachusetts! The trails and woods are coming alive and there’s a whole world of outdoor exploration, discovery, and family adventures to be had this year.
Whether you’re after some entry level hiking, or a weekend family excursion, the following list offers a variety of local hiking opportunities, starting with one that’s right here in Bousquet’s own backyard.
Known for its fall foliage, there is still so much to enjoy in the spring and summer. Come to the mountain and hike the Mahanna Cobble trail, with its panoramic views of Pittsfield and the northern Berkshires, and then test your legs on one of these local hikes:
With its woodland forests, an impressive cellar foundation, and expansive views in every direction, Spruce Hill is a hike that has it all! On 10,200 sprawling acres for year-round recreation.
There are too many great hikes here to choose just one, so the DCR has put out this handy list of suggested excursions for all ages and abilities. Here you will find the highest point in Massachusetts, where you can see up to 90 miles away.
Rich in literary history, Monument Mountain is perfect for all ages. Walk in the footsteps of Hawthorne and Melville, and explore the boulders, cliffs and ledges at the summit. You may even see a bald eagle across the Housatonic River Valley from the 1,642-foot summit.
Olivia’s Overlook is at the center of the 734-acre Yokun Ridge reserve. This popular overlook is also the trailhead for 6 miles of trails. The BNRC has produced this helpful trail map to help guide your next adventure. These lands are of great significance to the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today.
Transport yourself back to the 1800s on one of the hikes along the Shaker Trail, beginning at Hancock Shaker Village. Discover the remains of a former Shaker religious settlement and sacred site. Enjoy a moderate-strenuous ability hike.
This gentle 1.5 mile out and back trail follows the east branch of the Housatonic River, includes mill ruins, and offers .7 miles of accessible trail. This trail connects the communities of Dalton and Hinsdale and combines nature’s beauty with a rich local history.
If you’re still on the lookout for great outdoor experiences this spring, fall and summer, the Berkshires has so much more to offer, so be sure to explore these local Berkshire trails, or go big and check out the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.
Amanda started at Bousquet in September, 2022.
She was born and raised in the Berkshires and currently resides in Pittsfield. She loves to be outside in the summer months hiking the various trails we have to enjoy, biking on the Rail Trail or kayaking anywhere there is water. Although she enjoys the warm weather over the cold, she is excited to appreciate the winter beauty on a whole other level and brush up on her skiing skills!
When Amanda is not working, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family (mainly her 5 nephews and 1 sweet little niece 😊)
Yaron’s been in the Snowsports industry for 20 years, starting out as an instructor at Hunter Mountain. He leveled up with his Level 3 PSIA certification, then headed out west for a bit. Now he’s back east and has been our Operations Manager since the summer of 2023! He’s all about sharing his passion for the sport and making sure everyone enjoys their time on the snow.
Originally from Westchester County, NY, he’s now hanging out in the Berkshires, and if he’s not on the slopes, he’s probably biking around the hills (especially in the summer).
Eliza, a native of Canaan, NY, has been skiing since she could stand on two feet, and deeply loves the outdoors. After getting her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2023, she joined the Bousquet team filled with passion for skiing, enthusiasm, and curiosity.
Her investment in Bousquet extends beyond the slopes, recognizing it as a gathering place that fosters community connections, promotes healthy living, and plays a significant role in sustaining the vibrant culture of Berkshire County.
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Cindy first started skiing at Bousquet when she was 7 years old and began teaching at the age of 14. She is a Level 2 certified PSIA instructor, and received her 40-year pin from PSIA-AASI two years ago. Cindy also met her husband at the mountain and has two kids who both learned to ski at Bousquet as well. 👨👩👧👦 Her passion is simply contagious as she continues to teach the next generation and share her love of skiing with all today.
Beyond Bousquet, Cindy is a volunteer and board member at Berkshire Humane Society 🐾 and rides horses. 🐴
🏔 Favorite trail: Roberto’s Chute
❤️ Favorite memory at Bousquet: a clinic with Court (a legendary Bousquet ski school instructor) when he told the boys, “Ski it like Cindy!”
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Kevin started at Bousquet in April of 2020. He brings 30 years of experience in the outdoor industry, along with a knack for creative problem solving and mad people skills.
He lives in Plainfield, and is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder.