Writer and environmentalist Lauren R. Stevens is a regular Eagle contributor.

Hopkins barn

Pass to the left of the Moon Barn as you start up the steeper way in Hopkins Forest.

Likely it will snow again this winter. Fortunately, hikes and walks are a four-season sport in Berkshire, including winter of course. Hopkins Forest, in Williamstown, is a good place to take such a walk. Your choice of the Lower Loop, 1.5 miles; or the Upper Loop, which adds another 1.4


Lauren R. Stevens is author of “50 Hikes in the Berkshires,” Countryman Press/W.W. Norton, 2016.