Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Holyoke Range State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

10 days ago

Nice easy walk with my daughter.

hiking
19 days ago

I couldn't find the trial head, likley because I didn't have this app then. I parked on bay st. and walked up a long dirt road that had no tresspassing signs every 15 feet, trail head was on the right a half mile up. it was a really great short hike,I saw tons of snakes!

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

There’s no scenery at the top and it’s a pretty easy loop. The trails aren’t marked well and my phone died and I thought I was completely lost for 2 minutes. I was terrified. First world problems. It’s away from any houses though so it’s a good trail for dogs off leash.

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.

beautiful views!

hiking
7 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

Nicely settled trail, not as great a workout as I thought it would be. Trail was also not marked well at all and being there were side trails
Off the main one we were on, it got confusing. Other then that, was a pretty easy walk. Trail took about 40 minutes.

Planning on doing it again!

first time using the "all trails" app so still figuring out how to get the most of it. Map from the site and from the actual spot was a little unclear where to go. Felt like we walked in circles and definitely not 4miles. Also didn't see any caves. Will have to return when more seasoned with the app.

9 months ago

Nice, short, and steep.

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike, fairly steep and rocky. Decent views at the top. This was my first hike since a knee replacement and it was a little challenging but quite manageable.

10 months ago

Super short hike, moderately steep at some parts. Very rewarding view for such a small effort! I saw many different types of butterflies and birds on the way. Only complaint is that you constantly hear noise from all the trucks at the work site across from the mountain.

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great thanksgiving morning hike with family and 3 dogs. Great view from 1st summit and over the other side the Horse Caves were very cool. Now I'm ready to eat some turkey!

A good 1 hour hike around the roller coaster loop trail. A lot of good mountain biking trails we could see and many divergent trails. But using this app made it no problem. Dogs liked it.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

This is an easy day hike with decent views. :)

This area is part of the Mt. Holyoke Range. Most people use it for mountain biking, but there are all sorts of ways to hike it. There are no vistas, but there are some nice sights. Mountain bikers enjoy the technical challenges many of the trails offer. There is a map at the trail head. I usually take my dogs there.

I've never used a map or GPS to find my way around because the mountains run east to west and the main area is bounded on the west by power lines. The main trail forks maybe 1000 feet in. The left fork takes you up to a pond. This pond is fed by and empties into a brook. There are at least three bike-accommodating bridges across it: one to the north of the pond; two to the south. This is an easy walk, maybe 20 minutes up. If you take the first left, 250-500 feet in, you get more of a hike. You'll come across the remains of a stone cabin built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the Depression. Keep working your way north and the power lines will be on your right. This trail will eventually loop back.

These trails are very popular, especially in the fall. They connect to the Notch, if you take the right paths, but they aren't overcrowded as the Notch area often is at this time of year.

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I travel this v often and LOVE the terrain and views. Bring water & a camera or iPhone to snap a pic at the top!

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

I didn't think it was a hard hike, but it definitely was rocky. Fell a couple of times so I would suggest wearing sneakers or hiking boots with a good grip on the bottom. Took my friend and I about 20 minutes to get to the top and the view is simply amazing!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

So much fun!! Tons of rocks! Please wear proper hiking shoe!!

trail running
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ran this trail with a pup one evening after work -- not too heavy with traffic and well marked. The lookout at Rattlesnake Knob is stunning on a clear day... I'll definitely cruise this route again. Oh, and there's a nice stream about .75mi in for the pup to cool off (especially on the way back down).

Friday, April 22, 2016

it was easy

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Took a strange way to get to the top of the mountain. I created a odd little 4 mile loop out of it. Great view.

Super easy trail as far as physical ability goes... But completely unmarked past the starting point, and not at all tended. Very messy, which made it hard to stay on the trail. Good for a nice walk in the woods, though.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Shorter hike that is pretty Steep at points but has an incredible view.

hiking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

This is a great 15-20 minute hike suitable for small children (less than a mile), and on a nice weekend day you will pass many families. The trail does not venture far from the visitors' center, and you won't see much wildlife or mountain views.

There are some steep (for kids) hills if you follow the blue blazed Laurel Loop trail the whole way (see my June 6 tracks for that route). You can also take a shortcut to avoid those hills by taking a right fork down a gradual hill (instead of the blue blazed trail up to the left), Take a left on the main trail at the blasting-warning signs. See my Nov 8 track for this route with the shortcut.

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Rattlesnake Knob can be reached by many trails or combinations of trails (Ken Cuddeback, Metacomet Monadnock, Robert Frost, Brookbank, and several others). Many of these trails are not on Alltrails. The Skinner & Mt Holyoke Range State Park trail map from DCR (available at the Notch) works fine.
It can be easily accessed by hiking mostly on the Robert Frost trail from the Notch, by the Metacomet Monadnock trail (via Mt Norwottuck and the Horse Caves) from the Notch, or can be an easy one hour 3 mile loop hike from several trailheads on Bay Road. The most straightforward route is the Ken Cuddeback trail (blue blazes) from Bay Road.

There is a view to the East of Long Mountain and a view to the North, but nothing remarkable. It's very buggy!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It was a nice peaceful hike!

hiking
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wish I saw Matt Kline's comment in time. I followed the directions on the site and ended up staring at some marshland wondering where the trail was . . .

hiking
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Came via the M&M to RK. Small area beautiful view of Long Mtn. I think if I simply came here to hike to RK I would have been disappointed simply because of how small the lookout area is. My husband and I are section hiking the M&M so this a quick stop on the way back to notch visitor center.

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