Monument’s lesser known cousin
April 5, 2016
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Resting on the backside of Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, Flag Rock provides a bit of variety compared to the usual hikes of the Berkshires, and a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the village of Housatonic and the surrounding mountains. There are two routes up to the lookout, a short-but-steep goat path leading up from behind Berkshire Pulse and a long, gradual walk that starts near Taft Farms. If you are looking for a 20 minute, intense hike, start near Berkshire Pulse, but if you’d rather take a leisurely nature walk, start by Taft Farms. The namesake of the hiking spot, a large boulder with a flagpole that has weathered many different flags brought up by hikers and travelers alike, is a great place to relax after the hike and draw, sunbathe, or eat a picnic. Frank Piasecki, a senior at MMRHS, stated that, “Flag Rock is a short but rewarding experience, with one of my favorite views in the Berkshires.” So, if you’re looking for a new hike to do on your day off or after school, grab some hiking boots, a water bottle, and maybe your camera to experience Flag Rock.