With native stone steps, placed by nationally renowned trail builder Peter Jensen, Ice Glen inspires a sense of awe. Blue blazes here and there, follow the natural course of rocks. Nature’s air conditioning is at work here since the canyon between steep walls and evergreens sourround you. There is ice here, even in summer. It was at least 15 degrees cooler here. The Glen is less than 0.25 mile long, but some bouldering and watching your foot placement makes for a longer hike about 30 minutes in and back, if you don’t stop. The tallest pine in Massachusetts is here, also the inscribed donor boulder. Don’t forget to look up at the massive walls surrounding you. Parking on Ice Glenn Road for a direct route.

Also located at the end of Park Street in Stockbridge is the trailhead for three outstanding trails: Laura’s Tower, Ice Glen and the wheelchair accessible Mary V. Flynn Trail. I have seen bald eagle here flying over the Housatonic River while on the bridge. Additional parking behind Stockbridge Town Hall follow the trails thru Laurel Hill Park as these connect.

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