What's in this Area?
Submitted By: Killingcokes on January 15, 2013
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One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options. You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side.
You can also ski the Northeast face. Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure.
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down.
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions. It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**
The lat long above is the winter trailhead point at the intersection of Gould Rd and Theil Road. Follow Theil Road to its end and the beginning of the Thunderbolt Trail proper. This trail wends it's way up the mountain in true New England fashion. There are a few intersections that you should be looking for around .5 miles in. These are well marked and easy to figure out. The first one you will take a right and follow the trail above the stream. You will then take a left and traverse across the mountain going away from the river. After a short distance you will come to another right that will switchback into the main Thunderbolt trail again. Follow this to the top.
At the top there is a cool old warming hut. Past this you can go to the actual summit of Mt Greylock. This is south of the warming hut at the observation tower.
The descent is mostly rolling terrain with a few steep sections to keep you paying attention. The trees below the summit plateau open up a bit and you can easily keep the main trail in sight so you don't get lost. This was a really fun line with soft new snow. There's great history here as well. The CCC cut this trail back in the 30s.
Go get some and ski the highest peak in Massachusetts
How to Get There
Measuring from the junction of 116 and 8 in the center of Adams, MA drive south .2 miles to River St and turn right. This road turns into Harmony stree after crossing the bridge over the river. At the .5 mark you will come to a fork. Take the left fork onto Fisk St. Follow this on to a T intersection at the 1 mile mark. Turn right here onto W St. At the 1.3 mile mark turn left onto Gould Rd. Follow this to the 1.6 mile mark and continue straight onto Theil Rd. The road is blocked by barricades. Park here, this is the trailhead