Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mount 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

on Mount Norwottuck

hiking
2 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!

hiking
3 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
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing view, the way down is at first a bit steep, but then levels out (and is a bit boring).

Trail is dog friendly but there's a rod and gun club nearby with a range. You can easily hear the gun shots from the rec hunters and if your dog is skittish from thunder or fireworks, it may take some work to get your pup on the trails. Good hike overall though.

Easy hike. There was a lot of bugs in July as mentioned in another comment. Looked like the spring had a lot of decent sized fish.

hiking
4 months ago

Parking lot at the Notch Visitor Center fills up quickly, got there about 9:30 am and was already almost full. Did the hike with my 11 year old lab, who scrambled a little on some of the last stretch up. Definitely a well trafficked trail so if you are looking for more solo quiet time maybe not the best choice. Agree with some other reviews that it's not super well marked, many markers have faded and not been renewed for a while. I got a little sidetracked on the way down, but always set my GPS when I start a hike so wasn't too difficult to get back on right trail. A decent Sunday morning workout!

Loved the view, but the directions were a little unclear

on Mount Norwottuck

hiking
5 months ago

When we were on the actual trail, it was super nice. Kids didn't complain. Then, about 2 miles into it, we somehow got off the trail. Between the 4 of us, we still aren't sure how it happened because we were clearly following the markings until we weren't. There are quite a few marked trails out there that we could not locate on the map so it was a bit of a pain to find our way back. We hiked an extra 1.1 miles due to all of this. Not sure I would venture out this way again just due to poor markings.

hiking
7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

Great workout. beautiful views.

hiking
8 months 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

walking
Friday, October 27, 2017

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!

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Loved this trail, there aren't any signs, just trail markers, so without using this as my guide I may have been a little bit off track. Beautiful reservoir and great for dogs to come too also.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beautiful view of the Pioneer Valley. Nice and quiet on our Monday AM trip.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The hike itself is nice but I think overrated given what else there is in the area. Good views at the top, we walked down to the horse 'caves' which were a cool rock formation. The 3 star rating is due to the horrible trail markings and map. There exist a significant number of trails that arent listed on the map, and the intersections arent clearly marked. For such a popular hike, they could put some effort in on a decent map and trail marking system. Only saving grace were the numbered location markers at some trail intersections, which are actually on the map.

nature trips
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Exactly as I expected. The tips to follow the yellow markers to the water and that there was not a lot of signage also really helped. I went with my 5 and 7 year old nephews and we all enjoyed this trail, and the people we met along the way!
Lots of dogs, most not on leashes, so be prepared if you are not a dog person!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Easy trail to lovely reservoir. Could use more markers and trail signs, but it wasn't hard to follow.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great day hike from Boston

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Really enjoyed this hike. We took the white marked trail to the summit and down to the horse caves, then the orange trail back to the visitor center. The views are awesome and it's a good workout.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice hike...TONS of bugs though.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

good moderate challenge..stunning view, cant wait to do rest of the range eventually

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Good season starter moderate hike with a moderate amount of elevation gain spread out over a couple miles. Trails are marked pretty well, however look around you as the marking may be behind you. As always be prepared, saw a few different groups of people who did not have enough water.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It is a great trail but views aren't as great as some other mountains close by (mount tom, even sugarloaf) and finding your way can be very confusing. I have climbed it several times and still occasionally get lost.

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