It’s not always necessary to summit the mountain. After only a few feet on the Haley Farm Trail, for instance, you can sit to enjoy an uplifting expanse of hayfields and the steep, forested sides of the Hopper. Or you can follow the trail 2.2 strenuous miles up those steep sides to the awe-inspiring view from Stony Ledge.
Lauren R. Stevens is author of “50 Hikes in the Berkshire Hills,” Countryman Press/W.W. Norton, 2016.