Mount Norwottuck

MODERATE 103 reviews

Mount Norwottuck is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
688 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Highest peak in the Holyoke range, has commanding views of the entire pioneer valley. The loop for Mt. Norwottuck combines the Robert Frost trail (orange) and the M&M trail (white). Start from the Visitor's Center on the combined Robert Frost trail and M&M Trail (orange & white). Stay left on the Robert Frost (orange) when the M&M splits off. Eventually you will reconnect with the M&M, and there you will stay right on go onto the M&M Trail (white). You will then begin an ascent to the summit through ledges. From the summit continue to follow the M&M trail (white) down and eventually you will rejoin the Robert Frost trail (orange) where you split off on the way up. Stay left on the combined Robert Frost (orange) and M&M trail (white) to get back to the visitor center.

11 days ago

Great workout. beautiful views.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Great day hike from Boston

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

My Grandson & I enjoyed this pet friendly hike that traversed Mt. Norwottuck, the Horse Caves & Rattlesnake Knob. Although this hike is registered under Mt. Norwottuck, it extended well beyond that covering many unnamed trails. (See Recording) DCR has Location Signs(see uploaded photos) at all intersections that make it easy for you to identify your position. Matching the Location Number on the available maps (available at Notch Visitor Center)make navigating the many intersecting trails simple.

This moderate hike will have you huffing on your way to the top of Mt. Norwottuck. A little cardio workout but moderate at best. No scrambling on this hike.

I would highly recommend bug repellent for hikers. The mosquitoes were horrendous. Normally we pick a spot midway through the hike to stop and have lunch. Not on this hike though. The minute you stopped moving, the mosquitoes attacked. It was a great incentive to finish the hike early.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A moderate hike in the amherst area with a variety of views

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great thanksgiving day morning hike! Great views from the top and horse caves very cool. Dogs were challenged to slip through the cave area. Now to some turkey!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Great trail. the only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it can get confusing if it's your first time. The blazing can be done better. I didn't run into major issues but I can see that being one for inexperienced hikers.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Overall great hike, with beautiful views. Well marked. White trail gave an aerobic up with fairly easy bouldering, orange portion of the trail was nice and easy.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Beautiful views, but be careful and keep your eye on the trail markers. We got off track and had to call 911 for assistance. They were extremely helpful, but we wish we hadn't had to trouble them.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I used to hike this every day. it's a great hike.

Monday, September 12, 2016

more than expected as far as the view.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Great hike. We took our daughter and her 2 friends along with our dog and had a great time. I found the hike quite easy. The views were amazing

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Was such a great workout for me and my dogs, there's so much incline! The struggle to the top was worth it, the view is breath taking!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Beautiful hike!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great! Happy to see the horse caves along this trail.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Love this trail. I am not an incredibly experienced hiker but not a total newbie either. I've followed the M-M trail through Mt Norwottuck and Long Mountain previously. It's a fairly rigorous hike but not too crazy, and there are lots of different side trails you can follow.

Today I followed to white blazes to the top of Mt Norwottuck, took about 40 minutes at an easy pace. Had a nice lunch there then continued to the horse caves. Detoured to the Rattlesnake Knob (low elevation vista with a nice view of surroundings) before heading back on the Robert Frost trail (orange blazes). All in all the trip took 2 hours and 40 minutes, with several breaks and stops to take in the view and surrounding area. Definitely recommend this route, the way back is fairly easy and a welcome respite from the ups and downs of the way up. Be sure to grab a map from the visitors center - there is much to explore and can get easy to get lost without one. There is some loose rock and steep inclines in places so would refrain from taking small children.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A predawn hike to watch the sunrise from the top is a great and recommended journey.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Great work out! Steep rocky climbs at times. Well worth the adventure!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Beautiful hike! This 4.2 mile hike took us just about two hours including lunch at the summit. Some of my absolute favorite views of the valley, including a clear shot of Long Mountain on one side. Quite challenging at times, particularly through the horse caves, if you aren't experienced with rock hiking. The trail is well maintained but not easy to follow.
From the Notch, head out on the Orange white and blue trail (robert frost, m&m and loop trails converge here). You'll come to an intersection where the trail continues forward or veers off to the side, marked identically. Take the side, AWAY from the power lines. A few miles later, the Orange and white trails split--take the Orange! It'll bring you to the horse caves (which you don't want to miss) and make a nice loop around the summit. This route is about 3 mi to the summit, which means the way down is pretty steep.
Overall one of my favorites in the area.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Great hike

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Great vistas!

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