Blue trail: 2.8 miles roundtrip, 1.75 hours
Red trail: 2.4 miles roundtrip, 1.5 hours
Green trail: 1.4 miles roundtrip, 1 hour
Healthy Heart Loop: 0.5 miles
Special features: Miles of excellent trails, beautiful tall trees, and the natural slides at The Boulders
To the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton: take routes 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue, passing Craneville School. Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail.
GPS: 42.4816, -73.1783 (trailhead parking on Gulf Road)
Follow an old wood road to the Boulders summit.
Walk through diverse forests, stopping mid-way at the pond, on this trail with moderate elevation changes.
Explore wetlands, large trees and a fern-filled forest floor on this hike with little elevation changes.
Healthy Heart Loop:
This easy loop winds you through hemlock forest with no elevation changes.
The 645-acre property that is The Boulders has always been one of the better kept secrets in the Berkshires. Despite excellent management by Crane and Co., The Boulders was essentially a neighborhood park; even savvy outsiders didn’t know where the property was – this despite The Boulders lying partially within Pittsfield City limits!
The original Boulders Reserve was formed formally when MassWildlife bought a conservation restriction and affirmative right to public access in 2004. Crane continued to own and manage the property until 2015 when the Company donated The Boulders and 50 acres of adjacent, unconserved land to Berkshire Natural Resources Council. MassWildlife purchased a CR over the unrestricted land in 2016 and BNRC has begun upgrades to the trails and signage. For 2016, access is best from Gulf Road in Dalton; look for parking improvements soon.