Peaked Mountain Trail

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Monson, Massachusetts

Peaked Mountain Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Monson, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 475 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

The reservation lies amid one of the most pristine, undeveloped areas of the state, with broad views of rural and forested landscapes in every direction. 1,227-foot summit. The ascent from the main entrance to the summit of Peaked Mountain is a 467-foot gain in elevation that is strenuous in places. The summit reveals spectacular views of undisturbed rural and forested landscapes in every direction: Connecticut's Shenipsit State Forest to the south, Mount Monadnock to the north, and Mount Wachusett to the northeast. In between lies a sweep of rolling New England countryside with valley farms and small villages. The Valley View overlook provides views of nearby Boulder Hill and the City of Springfield to the west.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked the loop, doubled back on the loop. Beautiful day!

hiking
bugs
5 days ago

Great trail, fairly short but continual incline up to the summit, but nothing too hard! Also, the trail is now open!!

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

Good, easy trail. Surprisingly nice views for the quick hike up.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

This is closed right now- not sure why.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. This place has a bit of everything. Hilly trails, rocks if you want to climb, pond and an amazing view Once you reach the top.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

This is my favorite trail in the area. The views are amazing, especially at the second highest lookout point. There’s some scrambling near the top peak, while a little challenging it’s great practice! I love that there’s a few lookout points along the way up to stop and enjoy.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

This was our favorite hike we have done this fall. It is great for families and dogs. Our almost 3 year old hiked the whole loop by himself, including the steeper, rocky portions. I wore our 7 month old in a structured carrier on my front and we did fine on the more challenging portions too. We saw many other groups with children, all navigating the trail just fine. We have a small 7lb dog that loved every moment. There were a lot of other dogs. People were good about keeping their dogs on leash or putting them on leash when we came into view, which we really appreciate. The trail is well marked and beautifully maintained, with maps posted at various locations. The views were beautiful, even with the leaves already off the trees. We can’t wait to do this loop again in different seasons. The trailhead is super easy to find as it has signs, a fairly large un-paved parking lot, large field and picnic tables.

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rocky
6 months ago

Starts off at a steady incline for about half a mile. Great cardio. Then it evens out more but is very rocky and with the leaf cover on the ground, would be easy to twist an ankle. Took it slow and walked more towards the edges of the trails and didn't have any issues. The view at top is breathtaking.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this hike! Incredible views from the summit on either side

hiking
bugs
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

nice view at the top

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
8 months ago

Great views at the summit and overlooks heading up valley view trail. Trails were well marked and easy to navigate. Terrain was a bit rocky and vertical at times. There was a small frog pond that the kids really liked. Overall worth it.

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bugs
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

More easy than moderate IMO. Some of the trails shown on the on-site maps are closed now, but there's still a few miles in there if you do both loops. Most of the trail is in the woods so pretty but not highly varied terrain. Trails are well-marked, well-maintained, easy to follow. Some long uphill stretches but not super strenuous for the most part. Nice views from the top plus a bonus "guestbook" and wind chimes. Bugs were pretty bad although not intolerable. Bring your bug spray.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was mostly uphill with nice offshoots without getting lost. Map was really easy to use and understand. The views were nice lush green trees; valley views. Lush vegetation and wildlife, a pond and little waterways. Wear bugspray. I had no issues with poison ivy in mid July.

rocky
washed out
11 months ago

tough run, washed out and rocky

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