We started our hike up towards the Thunderbolt trail via Greylock Glen area on Gould and Thiel Road. From the start the Thunderbolt trail is not marked until you find the trial in a ways, then there are a few signs. Finding the trail if you have never been there before can be a challange, even if you have a map, as there are trails not on the map that will turn you around. I imagine in the winter there will be skin tracks up which will make finding this gem a little easier.
We found the trail and headed up, my excitment level increased with every step, "this is going to be SWEET this winter" - I have to admit I did not expect such a nice trail, I thought it would be more overgrown and require alot of cleanup, which is does not.
This is where we parked, although this was taken at the end of our trip
The start of the Thunderbolt near the bottom
As we made our way up, the trail got steeper -- YIPPIE !!
This is one of my favorite sections of the trail
Looking outwards, this is the view you are treated with
At the top of the trail you have the ultimate view
Around the bend there was a nice suprise, a warming shelter with several wood stoves !! (no overnight camping allowed, unless it is an emergency)
Looking out of the shelter
And just through the woods headed to the lodge and past the warming hut you find this.....
On the shelter there are several signs
This one was inside
The Greylock tower built by the CCC
It was open so we went up, cool tunnels up to the staircase
The view from the top of the tower
We decided to take a peak inside the lodge only to find a nice fireplace and a warm chair where you see the children in this picture
We had a seat by the fire, I ate my trailmix and drank some water, 10mins later we were on our way back down
Fantastic hike, not to difficult, I can see making two runs without too much trouble during the winter, I didnt see any campsites near by, I would like to stay overnight off trail some place if allowed. I will have to do further research on that topic.