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Mount Hitchcock, Summit House via Net/M&M and Dry Brook Trail

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Mount Hitchcock, Summit House via Net/M&M and Dry Brook Trail is a 11.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,296 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

Beautiful day for a beautiful trail! Slippery with the leaves. Some difficult footwork required but definitely worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the tougher hikes in the area. The views on top of most of the peaks after Bare were minimal at best. The second half that goes past Lithia springs allows you to make good time back. That last push up 116 isn’t fun with cars flying bye at 50mph

A little slippery in spots due to the leaves, but awesome overall! Great views and weather!

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scramble
3 months ago

good hike with good elevation gain.

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bugs
private property
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Great first time trail it kicked my ass It's very difficult and took me a long time to complete (6hrs) but had a great time doing so The scenery is outta this world

The first half of the hike is nice with lots of ups and downs with nice views The second half, if you’re going counterclockwise is buggy , flat , following what looks like a path for off-road quads then drops you on a busy road with a narrow shoulder to walk up hill with cars speeding past

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rocky
5 months ago

This was great! The summit house was perfectly spaced for us to have lunch after a relaxed 9:15 start, and we finished the loop around just before 4. All in all a satisfying day. The beginning section is definitely most of the elevation, but it’s made up for by being fresh in the day and bug free. Towards the last 3 miles there’s a spot to swim and cool off, and afterwards things are relatively flat. Last 6 miles were a bit buggy, but we made it out mostly unbitten

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over grown
rocky
5 months ago

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bugs
5 months ago

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scramble
5 months ago

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5 months ago

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scramble
6 months ago

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scramble
6 months ago

Starting from Notch Center, we took the the M-M Trail (aka New England Trail) west over Bare Mountain, Seven Sister, Hitchcock Mountain, and Mount Holyoke, until reaching Skinner State Park. This is an exhausting part of the hike but the views are spectacular. Every peak provides vistas of lush green fields, forests and the Connecticut River. Summit House is located at this State Park. Here there are restrooms and a porch that circles the house where great pictures can be taken of the valley below. There is also a nice picnic area there. You will be ready to rest and enjoy a trail lunch once you reach this point . If you doubt your stamina and don't want to tackle those 7 Sisters again, I would recommend following the M-M Trail around the park until reaching the Dry Brook Trail to the Black Rock Trail, to Lithia Springs Trail. The well marked trails are more moderate and there are different things to see . It makes a real loop trail out of this hike. This hike is not for the novice hiker. It is a heavy duty 11.3 mile hike that is exhausting but very satisfying. A good mosquito repellent is a must.... Trail maps are available at Notch Center. Make sure you have one before setting out on this hike.

hiking
7 months ago

The route I took was a little different but the hike was great and the mountain house was very cool. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/holyoke/

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bugs
7 months ago

You cannot use the fire tower at Mount Lincoln. Heavy tick infestation at some parts of the northern side of the mountain on some of the powerline trails...also watch for trails that terminate into private Property. On the map they look like roads instead of trails they are just service roads for the power lines.

hiking
7 months ago

The mosquitoes were like a hiking the Everglades. We turned around.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

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