Yokun Ridge and Connecting Trails

Pittsfield | Richmond | Lenox

The Yokun Ridge Trail and connecting trails comprise 10+ miles of High Road routes through recreation and conservation lands along picturesque Yokun Ridge. Hikers can explore the trails with outstanding vistas and diverse habitats that link Pittsfield to Lenox. The entire route is open to hiking. It crosses properties of several different owners and the allowed uses vary on those segments. Please read the information below for details.

This land, and all of the present-day Berkshires, is the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, who were forcefully displaced to Wisconsin by European colonization. These lands continue to be of great significance to the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today. To learn more, visit mohican.com.


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TRAIL USES

Enjoy this trail, which is best suited for hiking. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Please refer to the trail map for more detailed trail uses. 

Dogs and bikes are only allowed on portions of the route; through-hikers from Bousquet to Lenox may not bring dogs or bikes. Where dogs are allowed, they MUST be leashed and all waste removed. Please respect these landowners who have opened this trail for your enjoyment!

Protect the trails, wildlife, and land. Carry out what you bring in, take only photos, and leave everything else just as you found it.

Appreciate that this land provides a home, food, and shelter to wildlife and protection for clean drinking water. Respect wildlife and keep your distance.


ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS (click below for details)

Heading South on The High Road: Yokun Ridge and Connecting Trails: From Mahanna Cobble Trailhead at Bousquet Mountain

All route options are considered difficult due to length and/or elevation change

Each mileage below is from the Mahanna Cobble Trailhead at Bousquet Mountain to that destination. All route mileage is one-way.

Mahanna Cobble Vista: 1.6 miles
Lenox Mountain Summit: 3.7 miles
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: 4.9 miles
Kennedy Park Trailhead at the Arcadian Shop: 7 miles
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health: 8.5 miles
Lenox Village: Via Kennedy Park 8.25 miles; or Kripalu Center 10 miles.

The first section of the trail follows a route on Bousquet Mountain property. Use CAUTION when crossing active ski slopes in winter. Hiker signs direct you to the woodland start of the trail. From here, the Mahanna Cobble Trail is single-track with switchback turns and stone steps to the spectacular view and stone bench at the top. The bench is dedicated to Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s founding Executive Director, George Wislocki. If continuing south, please no dogs or bikes, due to sensitive habitats.

Continue on the Yokun Ridge Trail to the expansive western facing view at Yokun Seat. This section encompasses open ridgeline as well as woodland trail and stone features. From Yokun Seat, continue the ridgeline experience with a moderate climb to the Lenox Mountain Summit.

Lenox Mountain offers hikers two route choices:

Option 1: Venture down the Overbrook Trail and Bluebird Trails into Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. From here you can connect to Kennedy Park and the Lenox Village by road and trail (please note that this route does not have High Road signage on trail or road).

Option 2: From Lenox Mountain, continue south along the Yokun Ridge Trail through the Lenox Watershed toward Reservoir Road and BNRC’s Yokun Ridge South Reserve. The designated High Road route is Old Baldhead Road. This connection takes you past Monks Pond to the Brothers Trailhead. The Burbank Trail[There is an extra space here on the kiosk pdf. ]offers an alternative route to Monks Pond and a connection to Olivia’s Overlook, a popular scenic vista.

Connections south into Lenox:

From Old Baldhead Road (Brothers Trailhead), hikers should carefully cross Richmond Mountain Road to the Brothers Trail. After 0.1 mile, continue on the trail to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. There is parking for High Road hikers here. From Kripalu, hikers can follow a signed High Road route into Lenox Village by following West Street along a sidewalk. The Brothers Trail offers a diversion from the main High Road route, with water and stone features.

High Road routes within BNRC reserves, Pleasant Valley, Lenox Watershed, and Kripalu include wayfinding signage along the trails.

Heading North on The High Road: Yokun Ridge and Connecting Trails: From the Brothers Trailhead at Yokun Ridge South

Each mileage below is from the Brothers Trailhead at Yokun Ridge South to that destination. All route mileage is one-way.

Hiking North:

Unless otherwise noted, all route options are considered difficult due to length and/or elevation change

Lenox Mountain Summit: 4.4 miles
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: 5.6 miles
Kennedy Park Trailhead at the Arcadian Shop: 7.7 miles
Lenox Village: Via Kennedy Park 9 miles
Mahanna Cobble Vista: 6.5 miles
Bousquet Mountain Trailhead: 8.1 miles

Hiking South:

These routes are considered moderate due to length and/or elevation change

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health: 0.4 miles
Lenox Village: Via Kripalu Center 1.9 miles

Hiking North:

The first section takes hikers gradually up Old Baldhead Road passing Monks Pond and connecting to the Yokun Ridge Trail. The Burbank Trail at Monks Pond offers an alternative route to the Yokun Ridge Trail or Olivia’s Overlook, a popular scenic vista. The Yokun Ridge Trail leads to the Lenox Watershed and encompasses a moderate climb to the Lenox Mountain Summit. If continuing north or to Pleasant Valley Visitor Center, please no dogs or bikes, due to sensitive habitats.

Lenox Mountain offers hikers two route choices:

Option 1: Venture down the Overbrook Trail and Bluebird Trails into Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. From here hikers can connect to Kennedy Park and the Lenox Villageby road and trail (please note that this route does not have High Road signage on trail or road).

Option 2: From Lenox Mountain, hikers may also continue north along the Yokun Ridge Trail. This section encompasses a short, wooded ridgeline experience to the expansive western facing view at Yokun Seat. From Yokun Seat, continue along the ridge with a moderate descent with stone features to the Mahanna Cobble vista.

Follow the single-track trail with switchback turns and stone steps down to Bousquet Mountain property. From there, hiker signs and blue blazes direct you across a couple ski slopes and to the trailhead at Bousquet Mountain. Use CAUTION when crossing active ski slopes in winter.

Hiking South:

From Old Baldhead Road (Brothers Trailhead), hikers should carefully cross Richmond Mountain Road to the Brothers Trail. After 0.1 mile continue on the trail to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. From Kripalu, hikers follow a signed High Road route through the beautiful campus. High Road hiker parking is located at Kripalu or venture further on foot into Lenox Village by following West Street along a sidewalk. The Brothers Trail offers a diversion from the main High Road route, featuring water and stone features along the trail.

High Road routes within BNRC reserves, Pleasant Valley, Lenox Watershed and Kripalu include wayfinding signage along the trails .


ABOUT THE HIGH ROAD

The High Road is a long-term, major conservation initiative of BNRC, made possible by generous donors and land partners. The High Road will make connections from towns to trails and along clusters of conservation land, allowing hikers to explore the scenic Berkshires. Through linked conservation lands along trails and walking paths, the High Road will connect pastures, fields, hillsides, and rocky crags with the places where we live and gather.

This is the first High Road Route to open. For current route information visit bnrc.org/the-high-road.

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