Uphill from the Hoosic River, a trail climbs up gradually to the top of the ridge and an open stretch of rock with a wide view over Williamstown to the west and North Adams to the east. The trail rises continually, often gently byt steep in places, and you’ll find one rocky scramble toward the top. The climb takes me at least two and a half hours to cover about two miles, so the whole walk will fill an afternoon, and the view is well worth it.
On the way up, you’ll meet the class of ’98 Trail, and at the top you can follow a path along the ridge and across an open stretch of cobbles to meet up with the Appalachian Trail.
The trail begins on Pine Cobble Road. Coming from Williamstown, you’ll turn left off North Hoosac Road, and you’ll see a pull-off a few hundred yards up on the left, and the trail head across the road on the right.