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    Mt Greylock - When?

    I've got several free weekends between here and Thanksgiving, and I kind of hatched this idea during my lunch break today of maybe doing a north-to-south and back again double ascent of Mt. Greylock. If the first ascent is too much, I just loop around the mountain back to the start.

    So, my question is should I wait until they close the road to cars? On the one hand, it would be nice to not have to worry about vehicles, but on the other hand, I'm not sure what type of weather I might be facing in early to mid-November.

    Does anyone have any thoughts/opinions?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Last winter he had a huge snowstorm around Halloween... so you can obviously get snow early to mid november... I've biked up greylock both with cars and without cars. if you just get there early, it's not bad and in general, even with cars, it's not NYC... However, it is nice when the gates are closed... If you can go mid october, it would probably be better if you are trying to avoid snow/ice...

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    Thanks Jay. I plan on driving up from Southern RI the night before. I see you're relativelyclose to the area...do you have any recommendations for lodging?

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    Chief Brody, I made this climb in June and we drove up in the morning and had plenty of time to get the climb and a 40 mile ride in, Got back to the car around 6 PM, found a nice brewpub in town for supper and drove back to SE CT, right near the RI border. It was a fairly long day, but doable. The road was open, very little car traffic. Watch out on the descent, the Appachalian Trail crosses the road in several spots and there are grooves cut into the pavement on either side of the crossings. They can catch you off guard if you don't see them in time. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by otg View Post
    Chief Brody, I made this climb in June and we drove up in the morning and had plenty of time to get the climb and a 40 mile ride in, Got back to the car around 6 PM, found a nice brewpub in town for supper and drove back to SE CT, right near the RI border. It was a fairly long day, but doable. The road was open, very little car traffic. Watch out on the descent, the Appachalian Trail crosses the road in several spots and there are grooves cut into the pavement on either side of the crossings. They can catch you off guard if you don't see them in time. Have fun!

    How long ago was this? There used to be a brewpub right in Pittsfield but it is now Baba Louies, a very good sourdough pizza place...

    there is a good brewpub down in great barrington: http://www.barringtonbrewery.net/ as well as a good ice cream place (soco creamery) that has stores in Lenox and Williamstown that scoop it.

    Good call on the grooves, many of them are marked but there is one on the north side that is right at the bottom of a curve (going downhill) that could be potentially dangerous at the worst to annoying at the least...

    I don't recall of the southern approach has them but the % grade is a lot worse on the north than the south.

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    otg - how long was your drive? Mine would be a approaching 3.5 hours. I could swing it, but I'm not sure I'd want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Brody View Post
    Thanks Jay. I plan on driving up from Southern RI the night before. I see you're relativelyclose to the area...do you have any recommendations for lodging?
    What is your timeframe? on a weekend? You can probably either camp in my yard or bring an air mattress (so long as you aren't allergic to cats).. I live in Pittsfield now, I probably haven't updated my profile in like forever..

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    Jay - Thanks for the offer. I'd take you up on it, but my wife and son are going to tag along and I'm sure they are looking for something more. If this turns into a solo mission, I'll be sure to hit you up.

    Thanks again...

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    This was in June of this year, The pub was near downtown North Adams, near some railroad tracks. I don't remember the name, bt we had a nice cheeseburger and some good IPA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Brody View Post
    otg - how long was your drive? Mine would be a approaching 3.5 hours. I could swing it, but I'm not sure I'd want to.
    Probaby about the same, I live in CT, but just over the line from Exeter. We drove to Hartford, then north on 91 through Springfield, then we headed west out to western Mass. I was with my son (33) so no family travel issues. If I was with my wife, I probably would stay for a night and make a relaxing weekend out of it.

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    North Adams has some cool places to eat, but do they actually brew their own beer?

    Chief Brody, there are a few hotels in Lanesborough, though I've never stayed there (why would I? :-)) that are close to the southern approach to Greylock. The Weathervane Motel comes to mind, as it's just north of Pontoosuc Lake and a few flat miles from the southern road, enough to somewhat warm up to it.

    Williamstown has some fancy and nice B&Bs and hotels but they might be very pricey, being close to Williams College. North Adams or Adams is a better bet for cheaper lodging... you could probably even just ride to greylock from either location as opposed to driving to the north gate parking lot.

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    I rode it a couple years ago when the road was closed to traffic. It flurried a bit at the top that day but, by the time I started down, the sun had come out. It was cool, crisp, and the ride down knowing NO cars were on the road was a BLAST! If I make the trip over again I will definitely do it when the road is closed.
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    Finally firmed up my plans...heading up October 25th. I will be staying about 15 miles from the start of the ride up Notch Road. I haven't decided yet if I'll ride to the road or take the car. I will attempt the double on Saturday and maybe do a 40 or 50 mile loop on Sunday.

    Anyone have a nice loop in the area about that length?

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    I climbed Mt. Greylock on Saturday...in a word, epic. I opted to ride from the campground, which turned it into a metric century. By far, the hardest ride I have ever done. 63 miles, over 23 miles of climbing and 6200 feet of elevation...not to mention the weather. 32 degrees with the slightest amount of snow at the summit. I was completely cracked at the end. The ride ended with a 7 or 8 mile decent back into the campground that just killed me. I had cramps in muscles that I didn't even know existed.

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    I'm going to be up there over Thanksgiving weekend and I was thinking of doing it. The weather can be pretty iffy I'm sure. This would be my final climbing test for Mt Haleakala in Maui, 10,000' over 35 miles, all climbing.

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    If you're going to be up there anyway, it might be worth a shot. The views from the top were pretty outrageous. I think the road will be closed to cars at that point, so you'll have the whole place to yourself. If you dress for the climb and have warmer gear that you can throw on for the descent, it might not be that bad.

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    I would have to do it on Friday so I don't have any flexibility with the weather. I would definitely dress for it, and keep a dry layer or two for the descent. When I did Bear Mountain in NY a few weeks ago I got cold on the way down, and it was a warmer day. For that matter, on Sunday I did a ride in NJ and made a quick stop. When I got back on I was damp and cold, and found that it was really downhill from where I was in NJ all the way to the West Side Greenway in Manhattan.

    For Haleakala, you start at sea level on an 80+ degree morning and ascend through the clouds to where it is about 50. The downhill gets cold over the first 10 miles, but you start to warm up. I'm hoping the family meets me up at the top so I don't have to carry everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    I'm going to be up there over Thanksgiving weekend and I was thinking of doing it. The weather can be pretty iffy I'm sure. This would be my final climbing test for Mt Haleakala in Maui, 10,000' over 35 miles, all climbing.
    First off, best of luck with Haleakala! I climbed Mt. Greylock about 1 month ago. If you have time you may want to do Greylock twice (back to back) for a good tune up since it's less than 3k of elevation.

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    Probably getting snow on top this morning.

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    I had some light flurries on my commute through Chicopee this morning around 6am
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    And it is probably gone today.. as it was like 56degs at 6:30am this morning in Pittsfield and raining heavily until now..

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    Go for it. Winds are probably 70 mph on top today.

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    I've heard climbing Greylock is a huge challenge. I've never been there. What are some interesting numbers about it? I'm sure the weather can change quickly there.
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    I climbed it from the north via Notch Road. By my calculations, it was a 9 mile climb from the start of Notch Road that gained 2774 feet. I descended the southern face via Rockwell Road. That was a little less than 9 miles to the exit.

    This is pretty close to the route I followed. My start/stop were a little further into the campground than is shown on this. The summary tab show the course profile. The big lump in the middle is Greylock.

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