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hiking
16 hours ago

The route I took was a little different but the hike was great and the mountain house was very cool. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.
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I'd give it 3.5 starts if I could. Did this hike today with my dog, it's a beautiful spring day and the hike was nice. Overall it was ok, the walk along the river is pleasant and you get a decent view at the top. I'd say it's more of an 'easy to moderate' difficulty though, there is some incline scrambling up to Mount Orient.
**Warning to Hikers that have dogs** The beginning part of this trail is open to dogs without leashes before 10am. There are ALOT of dogs roaming freely around here. So if your dog is dog aggressive, I would avoid this trailhead and catch another part of the Robert Frost Trail. I brought my dog on a leash, and was surprised when I saw a group of 10 people conversing further on the trail and 10 leash-less dogs run at me and my dog full speed, one of which had all teeth bearing and growling. I was jumped on and had to keep my dog, a German Shepherd from ripping apart the dog that was trying to nip at her. I called out to the group of people twice to call their dogs away and NOT ONE PERSON attempted to call their dog back and off of me. VERY RUDE Dog owners here. I know this isn't the case for most people with dogs, but I wanted to let other hikers know about this area just so they aren't caught by surprise.

We arrived at the Notch on a Saturday early afternoon and the place was packed with cars. We hiked to the top of Bare mountain in decent time and continued to hike to the next peak called Hitchcock mountain in about 40 minutes.It had good outcrops for viewing.Then we hiked the red trail southward off the back side of Hitchcock mountain to the yellow trail heading east which lead to the main road back to the parking lot . All and all I figure it was just under 5 miles .I recommend this hike because it goes in a loop and it’s not so short as climbing to the top of Bare mountain then back down

Awesome quick hike to a nice view. Strenuous at some points but fairly easy. When you get to the top veer off to side path to see awesome views from cliffs. Check out the trail log!

April 14, 2018 - The trail was not closed and didn't need any repair. No snow, well marked, good trail condition, this was overall a nice trail. However, this trail isn't really "hard", more like a moderate. The gain is spread throughout the whole hike so there is no particularly hard segment. As for the view, maybe it was too early in the season but nothing spectacular. I'm sure it's much nicer when the trees have more foliage. With that being said, it's probably one of the nicest trail around.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail with diverse scenery!

April 13, 2018 we hiked the trail probably a quarter way there was a sign saying the trail is closed past a certain point didn’t want to continue since they closed it for repair. Not very difficult for beginners

Hiked this in October 2017 with my dad who is in good physical shape in his 60s. It was a 60-degree day but felt a bit colder as much as of this trail is shaded. We parked one car on Old Mountain Road off Route 40, then drove to the Notch Visitors Center on Route 116 to park the other car. We crossed 116 and headed east. My dad had no problems doing a 6.2-mile point-to-point of the Seven Sisters with me. He wore jeans and brought poles but didn't really need them. For the first mile or so, we passed lots of people without water or bags, in yoga pants, with their dogs. Eventually, we stopped seeing "those kind" of people and actually would only pass other people every quarter- to half-mile or so. There were lots of steep climbs and descents, a few rock scrambles, several fallen trees, a cool wooden staircase, and about a zillion ladybugs. Once we got to Taylor Notch and the auto road up to the summit, we started seeing more casual walkers again, but this part of the hike wasn't terribly easy. The summit was crowded and covered in bugs, and we still had a long way to go (over 1.5 miles) to our second car so we didn't linger long but the views were amazing. I remember coming here as a kid by car, and this view was much more rewarding having already hiked 4+ miles of somewhat challenging terrain. The last 1.5ish miles - the portion east of the summit house back to where we parked on Old Mountain Road - were much easier but still not something I would do with small kids or anyone not in good shape. Once we left the "woods" and found ourselves on the dirt road, it was almost exactly 0.4 miles back to where we parked. All in all, a great 4.5 hours for two people who only hike 1-2 times a year but are in otherwise good to excellent shape.

Enjoyed it a lot!

Not attractive at all

Great workout. beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun winter hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Not marked well. Lots of hills and rocks. Not as easy as everyone says.

I was going to praise the trail for its beauty, but when I was almost finished with the loop, the trail came abruptly to an end and I had to turn around and hike the whole way back at the end of the day when it was getting dark and I was out of energy. Plus the second half of the loop is not marked at all. The parts that are marked are not all on this map and I had to constantly refer to this app to figure out where I was. That didn’t help a lot and almost got me lost!

hiking
1 month ago

A really nice hike. A few things to consider. Parking is very limited on Lithia Springs Road. A variety of “No parking between signs”, “Parking in front of gate will result in tow”, etc. An option for parking is to drive past Gagne’s Package store on Rte 116. A short distance on left you will see a sign indicating “Hikers Parking”, and this is where it gets weird. The lot where you are allowed to park for Hiking is loaded with “No Trespassing” signs. Seems to be sending two messages here, ok to park if your a hiker., but others? I’m told the signs remain from the days when you were not allowed to hike in this area, before it was part of the State Park. Once parked in the lot, just walk around the gate and hike for about 5 minutes and you will see a trail that goes to the left. (If you come up to some blue drainage pipe and some old fire extinguishers, you went too far) BTW - at the trail head is a blue and white sign, you guessed it, it says “No Trespassing” but take the trail for a little ways and a small jog to the right at the end of the trail and you will see some houses and you will be right at Lithia Springs Road. From there you will see the trail markers for the Lithia Springs Trail. (Time from the “Hikers parking on 116 is about 10M) Much easier than worrying about your car being towed. For those looking to go farther than the Reservoir, you will see on the way to the reservoir a trail marker leading you to the Summit House on the Mount Holyoke Range. Enjoy

hiking
2 months ago

Great, beautiful, peaceful trail. I just wish there was a better place to park closer to the trail head; its somewhat dangerous to walk around that curvy road, especially if you have a dog with you trying to wander in the road (we had to put ours in a backpack we got to the head) but we also went in winter and there was some snow that made the road even narrower. Either way we will definitely be back, the brook is just too gorgeous to pass up!

Snoeshoeing 1/6/18. First part of trail had tracks so snow was only avg 6” deep after that ranged from 10”-24” deep. Overall good marked trail and good winter hike. Frigid from 2-7 deg w/ windchill -14 to -16. Look forward to doing it again in the spring.

Good strenuous hike! The Seven Sisters part of the trail (approx 12 miles) was a calf/thigh buster...step inclines/declines with lots of rock hopping. Starts off will a steep slope which is pretty much what your in for for the rest of the hike. Approx. 2 - 4” of packed snow and ice throughout the trail (12/15/2017). Take good traction. I did the M&M trail part and then had problems finding the loop at the end...before you approach the stairs headed up to Skinner State Park lookout bare to the right. I also did a few easy trails by the parking area at Holyoke Range State Park parking area...total 17 miles. Overall great workout and awesome hike!

4 months ago

Love this trail for quick walk. Mostly flat and well traveled. Peaceful with nice view of river. Also when I measured it is actually 4.7 miles round trip not 3.7.

hiking
4 months ago

We checked out this trail as this is where the Seven sisters trail race is held. It's tough with lots of ups and downs. Impressive for anyone who runs it. We had a late start and only went out a little over 3.5 miles and back. Very busy the first half mile which is all uphill with lots of people going up to the only view point of the trail. But it gets quieter further out. Other limited views later are only possible from leave-less trees. Fallen leaves made some downhill quite slippery. Overall a nice decent wooded trail that provides lots of hill work out. But very limited view. I also didn't like hearing constant gunshots in the early part of the trail from a nearby shooting range.

This is really underrated in quality as well as difficulty. I expected a relatively easy day and thought it was a flatter ridge once on top but it has a ton of steep ups and downs - made very challenging with rocks and a ton of leaves (this time of year) making it slippery and technical. Quite a challenge and some great views at intermittent points. Lot of fun. Knees and ankles will be suffering tomorrow.

Beautiful and tough.

beautiful views!

This is a great place to get a good, vigorous hike. It is a moderate to strenuous trail in a mixed deciduous forest in central Massachusetts. There are many side trails and they are true to the map you can get at the park headquarters near the entrance from Rte. 116. There are some beautiful, expansive views from the summit.

5 months ago

Actually it’s 4.7 miles in and out from parking lot to end and back. Very peaceful and scenic.

walking
5 months ago

I love lithia but I just found out about the section of trails from the pond up the mountain I have only ever been as far out as the pond. Today the dog and I took a jaunt up the trail but could not map out where it lead to there is a brown and a red trail the brown has two trail markers I saw one on the yellow trail before the pond and then another after you rejoin yellow across the pond. I would love to see anyone’s map or recording or the further portion of the trails. My suspicion is that they all lead to the mt holyoke range trails but I did not have the time to accurately record and explore. Someone please record or mark the rest of the trails so I can walk without getting lost because I’m dumb!

Beautiful quiet trail with an easy slope. Just a lovely walk on a fall day.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great hike because of it's short distance, combined with steep terrain. Its a doable "after work hike", and experienced hikers can make the round trip in less than 45 minutes. Nevertheless the steep climb will get your lungs and legs burning in no time, you'll really feel like you've accomplished something!

A great hike that is challenging enough to be rewarding, but simple enough to do without spending all day on a mountain. Much better than an hour at the gym!

If you're feeling ambitious, its also a nice sunrise hike. Since the ascent is headed west, the sun will be at your back and you'll have a great view from the top

I love this trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful as advertised. Great view of pond at end.
Stay on yellow trail. Look for Todd Andrew Bristol memorial along the way. Sad.

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