Mount Norwottuck is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Amherst, MA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Highest peak in the Holyoke range, has commanding views of the entire pioneer valley. The loop for Mt. Norwottuck combines the Robert Frost trail (orange) and the M&M trail (white). Start from the Visitor's Center on the combined Robert Frost trail and M&M Trail (orange & white). Stay left on the Robert Frost (orange) when the M&M splits off. Eventually you will reconnect with the M&M, and there you will stay right on go onto the M&M Trail (white). You will then begin an ascent to the summit through ledges. From the summit continue to follow the M&M trail (white) down and eventually you will rejoin the Robert Frost trail (orange) where you split off on the way up. Stay left on the combined Robert Frost (orange) and M&M trail (white) to get back to the visitor center.
Great trail. the only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it can get confusing if it's your first time. The blazing can be done better. I didn't run into major issues but I can see that being one for inexperienced hikers.
Overall great hike, with beautiful views. Well marked. White trail gave an aerobic up with fairly easy bouldering, orange portion of the trail was nice and easy.
Beautiful views, but be careful and keep your eye on the trail markers. We got off track and had to call 911 for assistance. They were extremely helpful, but we wish we hadn't had to trouble them.
I used to hike this every day. it's a great hike.
more than expected as far as the view.
Great hike. We took our daughter and her 2 friends along with our dog and had a great time. I found the hike quite easy. The views were amazing
Was such a great workout for me and my dogs, there's so much incline! The struggle to the top was worth it, the view is breath taking!
Great! Happy to see the horse caves along this trail.
Love this trail. I am not an incredibly experienced hiker but not a total newbie either. I've followed the M-M trail through Mt Norwottuck and Long Mountain previously. It's a fairly rigorous hike but not too crazy, and there are lots of different side trails you can follow.
Today I followed to white blazes to the top of Mt Norwottuck, took about 40 minutes at an easy pace. Had a nice lunch there then continued to the horse caves. Detoured to the Rattlesnake Knob (low elevation vista with a nice view of surroundings) before heading back on the Robert Frost trail (orange blazes). All in all the trip took 2 hours and 40 minutes, with several breaks and stops to take in the view and surrounding area. Definitely recommend this route, the way back is fairly easy and a welcome respite from the ups and downs of the way up. Be sure to grab a map from the visitors center - there is much to explore and can get easy to get lost without one. There is some loose rock and steep inclines in places so would refrain from taking small children.
A predawn hike to watch the sunrise from the top is a great and recommended journey.
Great work out! Steep rocky climbs at times. Well worth the adventure!
Beautiful hike! This 4.2 mile hike took us just about two hours including lunch at the summit. Some of my absolute favorite views of the valley, including a clear shot of Long Mountain on one side. Quite challenging at times, particularly through the horse caves, if you aren't experienced with rock hiking. The trail is well maintained but not easy to follow.
From the Notch, head out on the Orange white and blue trail (robert frost, m&m and loop trails converge here). You'll come to an intersection where the trail continues forward or veers off to the side, marked identically. Take the side, AWAY from the power lines. A few miles later, the Orange and white trails split--take the Orange! It'll bring you to the horse caves (which you don't want to miss) and make a nice loop around the summit. This route is about 3 mi to the summit, which means the way down is pretty steep.
Overall one of my favorites in the area.