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Did more than loop. Challenging following markers and elevation landed up being more than I thought.

Did this in early March with plenty of snow and ice on the northern slopes. Stunning views of the basalt outcroppings and Easthampton beyond. Lots of history for those interested. The ghost of a ski mountain, a plane crash, and a botched horse cremation are just the beginning! Easy hike for the whole family, a waterbottle each. Steep at each end but mostly flat up along the ridge.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice property for sure! A cold day so started with a trail run down the RF Trail, that was nice! Then went up to Rattlesnake Knob to catch some epic views! Descended there into the valley then came upon a path diverging...so took the one that appeared less traveled! That took me back up to the Horse Caves where I met a nice gent, his wife and dogs. We discussed Shay's Rebellion and the cool geology there. Ascended via bushwack, a really less traveled approach, to the Norwottuck summit. That was pleasant, and scary at times, as was the quick trek out from there, back to the visitor center with patches of rock solid ice hither. Do this hike NOW!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! Parked at Mt Joe then went straight up being careful not to step on a rattlesnake. Cool basalt rock everywhere. Found myself at the para-sailing jump-off point and watched one dude sail away...very cool. Then went to search for WWII B-17 crash site and memorial and found that down paved road that was once the cable car railway. Great history but unfortunate end for 25 American servicemen. Came around the southeastern side on my descent to catch a nice sunset. So excellent!

If your looking for a workout look no further. Started at Holyoke range state park and trekked to mt. Holyoke in Skinner state park across Seven sisters ect. Did hike early Nov. found the trail to be quiet and challenging with leaves and wet terrain. I loved it. I’m a hiker who likes to make good time. My poles were a true asset. Took me 5 hrs for the 11.5. Trails are marked well. Views are mediocre to be honest. But the challenge is worth it.

1 month ago

Very beautiful scenery! Hard hike but sooooo worth the view and a great adventure to explore the outdoors! Love this trail! It’s challenging!

Super nice hike. Well marked trails. Most people are really dog friendly.

A hidden gem of a trail!

Great hike with the kids.

Pretty hike with a nice view from the fire tower. Detour to Roaring Falls is well marked, plus a fun scramble on some impressive rock formations. The detour to the pond is worth it as well.

Very good. Reading the history of the arches really helps to understand the walk

Difficult to follow after the peak going white to orange. Started down to the right after the viewpoint but was able to correct with the app. I met a couple who didn’t have the app and they didn’t make it to the horse cave. Great view at the top. Lots of downed beech trees along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

It took us about an hour to reach the outlook. The system of way finding is a little bit confusing but a gentleman working in the rec area let us know to follow the white blocks that are spray painted on the trees. This is a nice space for a leisurely hike, there are places that are a bit steep but become more level. It was raining and therefore not busy but we saw lots of frogs! This is a great space for active dogs. Overall hour trip was about 2 hours. We chose to come back down the way we went up instead of taking the longer loop around.

There were some steep parts of the trail, by the horse caves, but overall a very nice hike. Some very nice views of Hadley and Belchertown.

hiking
2 months ago

It was hard to complete the full circle to the Robert Frost trail and horse caves due to insufficient trail markings on the other side of the mountain

Easy breezy

hiking
3 months ago

I wish I was able to see the view. But due to the heat and very steep incline we were not able to complete this hike. If you are going clockwise I would rate this trail as hard for sure.

I had heard about the arches for years but never got around to seeing what the whole deal was. Got out of work today and decided to head over and glad I did. The trail is nothing special, follows a dirt/stone road for a while then goes up into the woods and kinda follows the road as you see it at times just down the hill. Due to the live tracks in the area, it is necessary to use the trail but at points you can still use, what I'm guessing was an access or fire road at one time, not really sure. Stay on the path and you'll be fine getting there. It does have some interesting point like the steel girder walking bridge you have to go over. Eventually, you get back to the "road" and it ascends a bit. You reach a point where it's left or right and don't worry, there is one of those glass enclosures which has the history of the arches so you'll know you're where you want to be. To the left is one of the arches, hard to tell even as you're standing on top of it but be careful and look over and you'll see the thing, it is pretty cool. I went across the arch then climbed down the embankment a bit to take some shots and then went back up and back to the trail sign. I read the history and it has a map of what you might see near it. At this point, you can leave and go right back to the trailhead or continue on straight, which I did. Until you actually realize that you're on an old railroad trail, you're thinking you're just on a hike but while walking this way, you can see the stone retaining wall and up further, look at the sides, they blew out this area with black powder to swath a path for the train. It's really pretty cool what they did. Continue a little further and you've reached the second arch. Just be careful, no railings and steep, you slip you're gone. Anyway, just cross the bridge and on the left you'll see a dirt walkway down. It's a little steep but worth it to catch some of the awesomeness of the arch, just amazing. One arch is 65 feet, the other 70 I believe. The second one I think is the tallest but not positive. Take some pictures and remember when this was actually made and where it is!

Fun hike that can be out and back (if you spot cars) or a loop. I’ve done both and the change in elevation gain gets old around the 7th or 8th mile. I prefer to start from the Summit House and hike east. I think it’s a little easier on the knees that way. No legal place to camp, but it’s great to finish the hike under the stars. Just be careful heading down Bare mountain. For the ambitious you can add on Norwottuck to make it a longer hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike in Hampshire county. I’ve done this hike dozens of times and it never gets old. You can do an in and out or a loop, and there not much apart in mileage. Trail is typical New England where you have some ups and downs and ups again. Horse caves are fun although you can go around. Only time of year I’d avoid is when the trail is mostly ice. A few inches of snow (or more) is good and any of the warmer months are great.

Fun day hike in the Amherst area. Decent views from the top. Not all parts are well blazed so keep an eye out for the trail.

Couldn't find anything on AllTrails for section 5 only of the New England Trail/Metacomet Monadnock trail and was luckily able to record my trip with the Mt. Tom traverse section. I got off trail about a mile in. Had my head down I guess and kept going when I should have veered slightly left. You'll see around the 1 mile mark in my map where I went down and decided to come back instead of choosing a shorter route to get back on it. Still, my total distance said 5.6 miles. The sign for this section at the beginning said 5.7 miles total so I don't know if that is wrong or the AllTrails app. At this one mile mark, it goes down the hill and on top of loose stone, a section which you need to be sure where you're stepping and if you have any sort of walking issues, I suggest don't go down but keep going straight at the "Y" where you can go left and then left again which at this point is an old fire road I think. It is much easier and it will bring you to the MM trail once again. You can see the blue dotted line on my map. It's at the beginning of the Hellgate Trail and you could go up that back to the MM trail but you'd be missing a lot. There are some nice views from the cliffs you are walking across in this section. The trail as a whole is not that difficult. There are a few spots where you have to go up but nothing crazy. I suggest starting on the Rt. 202 trailhead entrance which is the southern end of this section. A nice day overall, sunny but not crazy hot. It'll take a few hours if you're just taking your time like I normally do. I am not out here to rush but instead enjoy the outdoors.

Great hike. Fairly well marked, though some of the trees with marks on them have fallen. The waterfall is not part of the loop, but is easy to find. The trails are well maintained but tend to be buggy and muddy so I reccomend wearing appropriate footwear.

on Mount Norwottuck

hiking
3 months ago

For the most part, this trail is well marked. I followed the directions on the app and periodically checked to make sure I was still on trail. The view at the summit was breath taking! There is one portion where you need to climb up some rocks and pass through a small space in between two rocks (near the horse caves). It's easy to miss the white marks that direct you to climb the rocks, and to keep going to the right in what appears to be a trail going up the ledges. We had to backtrack when we realized we went off trail. If you're nervous about climbing the rocks, there was plenty of good footing to work with. Great trail!

I hiked this with my mom. Both of us are experienced hikers, but we had trouble getting oriented from the Quarry Trail to the M&M ( go right or left?) There was no signage to help, just laminated maps. The money taker in the welcome kiosk admitted he never hiked there, so he was no help. We finally figured it out ourselves.
The views were great. The rock ledges and outcroppings were cool. I was completely disappointed in the "summit". It was covered in graffiti. The cell towers, chain link fences and power sheds totally took away the pleasure of the climb. (I will admit that the old ski lift support and wind mill a little before the summit were cool. )
Also we didn't know where the B 17 memorial was ( Again, the guy in the kiosk was NO help)...so we were not able to visit it and I had REALLY wanted to.

Wonderful trail to take your energetic pup for a long walk he’s wiped. Beautiful flowers there are a lot of mountain bikers so if you do take your dog off leash make sure the pups well behaved, we didn’t have any issues. Wasn’t too hard but was a lot longer than the expected 8.1 miles. Not good peak views during summer but I bet you will be rewarded with views during winter or end off fall when the leaves are stripped. The plus not too many bugs but I deeted the crap out of life. Not a well marked trail with lots of trail branches which was not confusing if you have a map. I love all the trail options which allow for creative hiking and multiple uses of the switchbacks. Would 100% do it again!

Great hike. So picturesque. It can get a little challenging on the more natural paths on the way out but to me that’s the best part.
So many mushrooms on the trail today. Beautiful and varied.

hiking
4 months ago

The trails are clearly marked on the white trail on the way up until you get close to the top, but you can easily follow the trail to the summit. If you continue down the white trail, following the loop rather than turning back, the markings almost disappear. The trail is still easy to follow but it's much smaller. Once you reach the Orange trail the markings are great.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this on a cloudy, muggy day and loved every minute of it. I took Kay Bee—Keystone—Quarry—MM all the way down to the 141 entrance than back MM—DOC—Knox—Bray Valley to Bray Loop. So much to see! There are some hairy yet fun parts of MM that bring you very close to the edge, but the difficulty lies in endurance. A lot of ups and downs. This hike for me was about 12.5 miles and took six hours. Obviously you can do shorter hikes, there are great views once you hit MM. It was off and on rainy, and I slipped twice on rocks, but even that part was fun :) highly recommend, would rate as hard though based on rocky terrain.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. We went up white and down orange to avoid a long steep downhill. Nice lookout at the peak and nearby. You can climb around the tight squeeze on the way down. Then it is a lovely walk in the woods.

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