hiking
bugs
1 day ago

I'm comparing this to just about any other segment of the Robert Frost Trail. Here you are crossing roads frequently and walking near roads (so traffic noise and less wildlife). You are walking across mostly tree farm, so there's a lot of logging (either fresh logging or recent regrowth). There are some poorly maintained sections of the trail (trip hazards right above fall hazards, which would be dangerous for kids or elderly hikers). And it's much more crowded than any other part of the Robert Frost Trail that I've seen. Worse, although the less-populated parts of the trail are very wide (logging roads) the more crowded parts are very narrow, and it can be treacherous to try to pass with any safe social distance in covid-times.

hiking
7 days ago

I ascended on the M&M and then turned right to return as a loop. That hike is quite comparable to ascending the steep trail on South Sugarloaf and looping around the gradual descent trail (Pocumtuck Ridge). If you do this as an out-and-back hike, it's quick exercise like Bare Mountain or Mt. Holyoke (on the Taylor's Notch Trail), but much less crowded and the views are more limited (like Rattlesnake Knob).

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

Excellent hike with superb summit views. There were plenty of spaces in the parking lot; even in the middle of a Sunday during quarantine, we found a spot without issue. It was a little buggy, as is the case most places in New England in May; pack bug spray and you'll be fine. I highly recommend starting the loop featured here with the Robert Frost Trail (orange blaze); doing the hike this way means you start your hike with an easy stroll through the woods around the north side of the mountain, leaving the climb and the summit for the tail end of your hike. Hiking this way also means you approach the Horse Caves from the east and climb *up* through the ledges, rather than down, which appeared less precarious. This hike is just a little farther from the Boston area than more popular peaks like Monadnock and Watatic and definitely worth the trip!

hiking
9 days ago

This hike is very nice, There are several trails you could take from the visitor’s center! There a good size parking.

Slower incline, easy terrain. The brook is beautiful, especially in the spring. There’s an abandon car, an incredible lookout, and a pool you can swim in closer to the reservoir towards the end of the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice little Mother’s Day stroll with our 3 year old

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
16 days ago

After so much gray and wet it was finally a nice day. I was worried about parking but I found a spot in the parking lot. There were quite a few people hiking, but not as many as I thought I would see on a day with such great weather. I’ve hiked this trail many times because it’s a great hike with beautiful views of the valley at the top. Even though the bugs were relentless and it was especially muddy on sections of the Robert Frost trail, it was once again a great hike. I took the M-M trail up to the top and the Robert Frost trail back down to the visitors center. The terrain varies...rocks, roots, mud, short steep climbs and one shimmy through a rock crevice. I usually wear hiking boots on this trail because of the rocks, I was glad to have them on this time because of the mud.

hiking
bugs
21 days ago

This trail, while awesome, is NOT EASY. First half mile or so is straight up. Rocky, crumbly path is solid enough if you go slow and steady. All the sweating lead to TONS of bugs, including the first tick bite of the season. One spot at the top has awesome views but most others are blocked. Still all in all a very pretty hike in a great forest.

hiking
bugs
21 days ago

Nice views at the summit. Some parts straight up and down. Some flooding in Spring and BUGS galore. . . gnats, flies, mosquitoes and our first tick bite of the season!

Trail was well marked and cleared. Definitely a challenge with some scrambles. Make sure you bring lots of water and bug protection. Black flies are out with a vengeance! We took a wrong turn at the beginning so the 11.5 turned in to 12.2 in 8 hours.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy stroll on a beautiful weekend day! Now off to Atkins for Cider Donuts :)

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/

hiking
muddy
rocky
29 days ago

Beautiful trail. Love the sound of the brook in the beginning but there is water in several other spots on the way. Muddy and rocky or heavy w/ roots in some areas, but had no issues w/ hiking boots on. Love the view from the ledge on Mt Orient which was just 2 miles from the lot.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
private property
29 days ago

Challenging yet rewarding hike; agree with the CCW suggestion, get the hard part out of the way and enjoy the views before heading down. Well blazed. Great weather helped. Only sour part: to the yahoo who felt compelled to lecture us on trail etiquette - you’re wrong. Uphill hikers have right of way and yield to downhill hikers. Line of sight limitations and courtesy due to energy expenditures make this pretty apparent. Check NPS guidelines. It wouldn’t have mattered if he hadn’t been so strident about it, but he wouldn’t let up; if I wanted a lecture, I’d enroll at UMass.

Showing results 1 - 22 of 1036