Thunderbolt Trail

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Thunderbolt Trail

Submitted By: Killingcokes on January 15, 2013

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These are tree runs.  There are a couple of different options, the further back towards the ski area you go along the ridge the steeper it gets (I have heard woomphing and all sorts of sketchiness over on these shots before).  The further towards the top of the pass you go the mellower it gets.  Pick your line and ski down to the open meadow which provides a pretty great regrouping point.  After this next meadow ski tight trees down to the road.  From here I usually take my skis off, cross the road and drop down the next section and into the Loveland Valley ski area.  From there you can catch the free shuttle back to the area and either go do it again or go ski something inbounds.



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

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