Mount Tom Traverse via the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Holyoke, MA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
This trail was a solid pre work exercise on a beautiful fall day. Gorgeous views from the top of mount tom! Will be hiking this trail again very soon!
great hike with lots of options to take different trails. near the top there were a lot of loose rocks, but it was manageable. we did a 4.6 mile loop from the base to the summit. the dog loved it as well!
Not a hard hike but the loose rock and be challenging to walk on. Watch your step! Great day hike with beautiful views. I love climbing the cliffs at night to watch the stars (just don't go alone).
Tough trail, but the view was worth it!
Love this trail, it's one of my favorites. The views are amazing, didn't know there was so many parts of Mt.Ton until hiking this trail.
OK but has a lot of loose rocks
Great trail, a lot of loose rock, wouldn't recommend going after a rainy day - might be a bit slippery. Beautiful view from up top! Would definitely do this trail again!
Did this trail today. It's a stunning vista with a lot of really awesome views. Be prepared for a strenuous hike. My only beef was that the trail was hard to follow and we kept diverging from the path. I never saw the visitor center. It was definitely a fun hike.
Sign at road says 2.2 miles. Fit bit said 8 miles. Can get hot on the summit trail in the afternoon sun. Bring extra water and energy snack. Nice trail. It's what we go out in the woods for.
I redid this section after completing it two years ago when I was a newbie! After gaining some experience and hiking a lot of miles this is not a tough hike at all. Coming up Mt. Tom is somewhat steep with loose rock (when we went this past time it looked like the rock was pushed aside for a dirt path). The views are beautiful and there are sections where you can choose to continue through the woods, farther from the edge, or walk along the cliffs. I'd recommend walking along the cliffs. It's beautiful. After dipping past the cliffs, you'll go through a wooded section and come out to the road near the visitor center. Take a minute to go inside, it's really interesting. Then you'll continue on through decent terrain to Goat Peak. Take time to go behind the benches up to the Goat Peak Tower for great views. Back on the trail past Goat Peak, after some ups and downs you'll come to Dry Knoll then onto Nonotuck Road. Turn right to head to the Eyrie House Ruins (which isn't on the M&M) or follow the signs to finish the section. Past Nonotuck Road, the trail descends towards Rte 5 and it is a simple wooded path, no views.
Did this part of the trail today. Started on what we thought was the trail and ended up rock scrambling to the ledges. Not recommended. The trail overall is great, but be ready to work!
Note: My review is on the M and M, Mt. Tom section, not on the trail mapped out on this page, which is only a portion of the M and M. This is a white blazed trail with spectacular views as a large portion of it traverses the cliffs. It starts along Rt 141 across from the Holyoke Animal Hospital and goes to the Oxbow in Northampton. I've uploaded some photos showing the trip during the summer and fall. It is one you for sure want to bring your camera on. The one negative concerning the trail is the natural beauty of the cliffs is sadly riddled with graffiti by pathetic delinquents, but if you look past that, the views are great. I am frequently on this mountain living about 10 minutes away and there are so many beautiful picture opportunities.
In the first mile of the trip, there is a red blazed trail to the right that detours you around the other side of the mountain to a site where a B-17 plane crashed on it's way home with soldiers during WWII (pics uploaded). It's a nice memorial and if you go behind the memorial there is a path that leads you back to the M and M.
Also, during the last mile or so you come across an old road. The trail takes you down that road to the left, but if you make a right and follow that road a ways you'll come to a turnaround with a lookout of the Oxbow and just past that on the right you'll see a path leading a short ways to the Eyrie House ruins (pics also included). I'd say it's about 3/4 mile round trip back to the trail and well worth the detour.
This has been one of my favorite hikes on the Metacomet-Mondanock trail. (My husband and I are section hiking it and have completed 6 sections of it). The ascent up Mt. Tom from the 141 side has alot of loose rock, take your time. The views from the top are quite nice. There is some rock scrambling and a short distance of ledge walking. This section of trail offers a variety of terrain and difficulty. There is a nice picnic area/park at a good midpoint at the visitor center to stop for lunch. The section between the roadway and Goat Peak is very rocky, take your time again. The view from Goat Peak is decent, but not spectacular. There are benches here. Continuing straight on the trail, following the white blazes, you'll come to another lookout point that is far better than Goat Peak. Continuing on, you'll come to a roadway that you'll have to descend a bit to get to the continuation of the trail. I say extend your hike by checking out the Eyrie House Ruins up the road to your right before finishing the section down the roadway to Rt. 5. It's worth it. This last portion of this section is quite pretty. We were there in early September, caught in a rainstorm (torrential downpour) and the colors were spectacular. Very wooded and feels isolated. I'd highly recommend this hike as well as the Mt. Tom State Reservation in general as there are many great trails in this park. It's one of our favorite places to go even though we live 2 hours away.