DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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4 months ago

A nice hike and a steep one. A fair amount of incline and the distance from Mountain Road up the New England trail is deceptive. Park on the gravel Mountain Road. There is plenty of parking. The trail starting point is well marked. Follow the white blazes trail markers. You will pass the Mount Holyoke College Cabin on your left. You will then shortly after come up to a trail marker, (ID 101) on the New New England Trail (Massachusetts Trail Map, New England Trail North and Tully Trail and Mt. Tom State Reservation Mt Holyoke Range available at REI) and to Summit House (left) 1.3 miles and to the right The Dry Brook Trail, Taylor’s Notch 1.5. Miles. The Summit House trail has nice views on the way up and some sections that are pretty steep. Nothing crazy, just be aware the incline will be a little challenging for a few short sections. I wear hiking boots (not shoes) for this trail for more stability. A good hiking stick or poles is a must. It may seem like it takes a while (1 hour) to get to the Summit House, but when it comes into view at the top you’ll see another New England Trail sign. For those wanting to go past the Summit House and over to the Notch Visitor Center (Rte 116) you will see the sign indicating Seven Sisters 4.5 Miles. Some nice spots to have lunch up at the Summit House with small State Park type grills. BTW - easier to hike down the paved road back to Mountain Road where you parked. Another lunch option or just an interesting thing to check out is the old Tram Wheel at the Half Way House. Look for it on the left (if you take the paved road down) just past the House. Enjoy