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Mount Tom Traverse via Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

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Holyoke, Massachusetts

Mount Tom Traverse via Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Holyoke, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,597 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Tips

Please note access to the park is $5 for MA residents; $10 for non-residents.

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Reviews (275)
Photos (820)
Recordings (196)
Completed (860)
Heather Wrona
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Hiking

Pretty good, got a little off track but found out way

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Paola Tineo
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Hiking

I thought it would be worst after a storm but it had dried out and was as clear as ever.

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Jennifer Atwood Kanaitis
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HikingRocky

This was a beautiful hike with many scenic views. I only went out 2 miles before heading back, turning where the trail began to descend.

Jaime Lyons
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HikingRocky
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John Mankowsky
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HikingRocky

good short steep hike w great views. Watch out for T-storms!

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Henry Conkey
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HikingRockyScramble
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Jordan Belfort
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Hiking

View is steep, if you don’t like heights don’t go. At some points during the trail it felt like you could potentially fall of a cliff

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John Taveras
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HikingRockyScramble
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Kevin Freyer
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HikingRocky

A bit rocky but not too bad. Views are really great! Not the greatest entrance or markings in the beginning but later on follow the white marking and you’re good.

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Katie Methe
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HikingRocky

I really enjoy this trail. One of my favs. The vista views are some of the most rewarding in the area. As an avid, but by no means professional hiker, a few FYIs: 1. If you start from the parking lot near Mt. Joe/Log Cabin, the initial ascent is a tough one. It will tire you out; approx 700ft elev gain over a 3/4 mile and the pitch is tough with rocky terrain. It also makes coming down a bit precarious. 2. The entire traverse is scattered with large loose rocks. They are a pain to walk on after a while. Lace up your boots tight. :)

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Alex Linson
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Rocky
Marc Winer
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Angelica Maria
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HikingRocky
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Carlos Flores
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Love this hike! Follow these directions closely. Came in off Route 5 entrance of park. off Interstate 91 to 98 Clark street(address for gps) entrance/ parking. It takes you into the M/M (white marked) trail which is really steep for "base camp" but you must power through it. The trail for the first 1/4mile is not marked as well as one would like but it gets easier and better marked throughout. Visualize heading towards the right and towards the right side of a mountain view. The hike quickly starts to payoff with views almost immediately . As you work your way up you start to have a mountainside hike that is safe but slightly thrilling if a little scared of heights. You will come across a few landmarks such as a windmill and a couple towers. The trail becomes mostly mountain side and more challenging but not actual climbing but 2 or 3 ft incline rock lunges . Nothing any average /novice can not do. At that point it's more stamina than strenuous. Finally you get to the top of the summit with the main tower and the end of a paved service road .Cool view with a few places to look out . Just an old railing or 2 on old concrete but it's a mountain hike not a resort lol. Some graffiti on tower / rocks but hey its not patrolled heavy. ***** IMPORTANT*****. IF you descend down aforementioned paved service road from the summit/ tower you will come across b17 crash from 1946 Memorial. It was pristine and immaculate. For all the complaints about graffiti on the towers people do have a conscious and refrain from vandalizing the Memorial and I was overjoyed to see that! Kudos visitors and Western Mass and Connecticut folks! If you are still reading this a bit of comedy and please learn from my mistake. After the B17 memorial a friend of mine followed the service road down and realized we were on the opposite side of the mountain and it truly was an EPIC FAIL. DEFINITELY GO BACK THE WAY YOU CAME FROM AND BACK DOWN THE WHITE TRAIL to your parking. Buddy and I had to go down and left to rock quarry trail and across the reserve back to parking. what was a 2 hour trip turned into 3 due to our mistake. Finally we were locked in the park due to our tardiness and had to have the kind Folks at the Mass State troopers let us out. A true adventure. Cant wait to go again lol. Time your trip accordingly as of May 20 the park closes at 6pm but I believe it is 8pm in summer. You can park outside the gate but it's a longer walk. Be healthy my friends ! Hope this helps.

Amy Bither
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This was a fun hike! It is extremely steep at the beginning, as almost all of the elevation takes place in the first half mile. However, it is so worth it and then it is so fun to spend the rest of the hike along the ridgeline. There were a lot of large hawks flying around and makes for a good bird watching. Once you get past that first summit with the graffiti rocks, there are few people hiking along the rest of the trail.

H B
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The cliffs and views are impressive.

Shane Diaz
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Hiking

Fun and exciting trail! My wife and I were both rewarded with beautiful, scenic lookouts over western Mass. No doubt, this was one of the best picturesque hikes in the local area.

Randy Galetta
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HikingBugsMuddy

great hike. too many people on trail for saturday.

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Lauren Chadwell
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Hiking

Well marked wide trails. We didn’t see too many people on the harder trails, just on the carriage. Watch out for steep inclines & declines. Enjoy every minute!

Rachel S.
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing hike, beautiful views! A must see!

Matthew Preste
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Hiking

Nice, easy trail. Took about 2 hours of fairly easy hiking. Good views from summit.

Hillary Lannon
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is a great hike! Steep for about the first mile but starts to level out. There are a few short scrambles going up and coming down on the way to the final look out, but nothing too difficult. The view is beautiful through out, gaining a wider range of sight as you go. Following the white blazes it’s a very manageable hike. With covid-19 I would suggest going earlier in the day. I started around 11 and wished I had been earlier, but still enjoyed myself.

Brooke Cunningham
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HikingRocky

Going up at first is steep, then there are Some rocks you climb up of that are sketchy! Once you get past that is 4 miles of cliff side trails! It’s super windy so bring a jacket and some water!

Nikki Molina
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Tara Jacob
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HikingScramble

Steep start, then a nice ramble on top the mountain. Loose rocks on the ascent/descent, and some narrow rock climbing parts I had to go around with my dog.

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