Peaked Mountain Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Monson, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The reservation lies amid one of the most pristine, undeveloped areas of the state, with broad views of rural and forested landscapes in every direction. 1,227-foot summit. The ascent from the main entrance to the summit of Peaked Mountain is a 467-foot gain in elevation that is strenuous in places. At a moderate pace, allow 45 minutes each way. The summit reveals spectacular views of undisturbed rural and forested landscapes in every direction: Connecticut's Shenipsit State Forest to the south, Mount Monadnock to the north, and Mount Wachusett to the northeast. In between lies a sweep of rolling New England countryside with valley farms and small villages. The Valley View overlook provides views of nearby Boulder Hill and the City of Springfield to the west.
Great place to walk the dogs! Not usually busy and the pond is great for my lab!!
Oh almost forgot, it has a moderate rock climbing section and while walking the trail it becomes a bit steep...come ready with water and some good shoes that won't hurt your feet. It's a great place to also bring a lunch basket and sit with your loved ones. Enjoy.
It was an amazing trail, I didn't place all the pictures since it's a must see on your own. It will leave you with an impression you'll never forget. Relaxing and beautiful views, and it even has a small box where you can write a memo. Come ready and enjoy the journey.
Although we've done many easy walks, we just started moderate hikes. Surprised how quickly we hit the uphill climb. Fairly steep without many flat areas. Take a break and stop by the small pond on the right side of the trail. Saw many tiny toads on the trail. Nice photo ops & plenty of bugs. Suggest using a deet product. 2 beautiful scenic stops. Lots of roots & rocks. Some rock scrambling at the summit, but not too difficult. Take yellow trail to red trail summit loop. Lots of signs & trails well marked, except up at summit in a few spots - just keep looking for the red dots on rocks & trees. Intersecting trails are marked with numbers. Careful when coming off summit - we took the wrong yellow trail, thinking it was back to the car, but after 10 minutes, discovered we had not paid attention to the intersection number and took the yellow trail the wrong way. (Our fault - looking at foliage and birds.) Simply retraced steps back to the red trail and eventually found the correct yellow trail.