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20 hours ago

Very beautiful scenery! Hard hike but sooooo worth the view and a great adventure to explore the outdoors! Love this trail! It’s challenging!

Such a beautiful hike. I climbed up to the peak and it was definitely rewarding. I say “climbed” because I am short and it was rocky which meant I had to crawl up some rocky surfaces.

3 months ago

Love this trail! We started at Notch Visitor’s Center and went up to Mt Hitchcock before turning back. Lots of ups and downs, plus a tall staircase that seemingly appears out of nowhere. There are parts of the trail that seem almost enchanted. Bring plenty of water. Beautiful views.

Easy hike. There was a lot of bugs in July as mentioned in another comment. Looked like the spring had a lot of decent sized fish.

4 months ago

This is a nice and scenic trail with a lot of ups and downs as you traverse the ridges once you summit Mount Holyoke (if you start in the west) and head east. The proximity of major roads means you hardly ever don't hear cars and the gun range near the Notch means a substantial portion of the hike may feature ongoing gunfire, which sort of detracts from the experience of being in nature. Still, it's a nice hike and the portion between Mount Holyoke and Bare Mountain is far less busy than the trails heading to those summits from Route 47 and Route 116, respectively.

A nice hike and a steep one. A fair amount of incline and the distance from Mountain Road up the New England trail is deceptive. Park on the gravel Mountain Road. There is plenty of parking. The trail starting point is well marked. Follow the white blazes trail markers. You will pass the Mount Holyoke College Cabin on your left. You will then shortly after come up to a trail marker, (ID 101) on the New New England Trail (Massachusetts Trail Map, New England Trail North and Tully Trail and Mt. Tom State Reservation Mt Holyoke Range available at REI) and to Summit House (left) 1.3 miles and to the right The Dry Brook Trail, Taylor’s Notch 1.5. Miles. The Summit House trail has nice views on the way up and some sections that are pretty steep. Nothing crazy, just be aware the incline will be a little challenging for a few short sections. I wear hiking boots (not shoes) for this trail for more stability. A good hiking stick or poles is a must. It may seem like it takes a while (1 hour) to get to the Summit House, but when it comes into view at the top you’ll see another New England Trail sign. For those wanting to go past the Summit House and over to the Notch Visitor Center (Rte 116) you will see the sign indicating Seven Sisters 4.5 Miles. Some nice spots to have lunch up at the Summit House with small State Park type grills. BTW - easier to hike down the paved road back to Mountain Road where you parked. Another lunch option or just an interesting thing to check out is the old Tram Wheel at the Half Way House. Look for it on the left (if you take the paved road down) just past the House. Enjoy

7 months ago

A really nice hike. A few things to consider. Parking is very limited on Lithia Springs Road. A variety of “No parking between signs”, “Parking in front of gate will result in tow”, etc. An option for parking is to drive past Gagne’s Package store on Rte 116. A short distance on left you will see a sign indicating “Hikers Parking”, and this is where it gets weird. The lot where you are allowed to park for Hiking is loaded with “No Trespassing” signs. Seems to be sending two messages here, ok to park if your a hiker., but others? I’m told the signs remain from the days when you were not allowed to hike in this area, before it was part of the State Park. Once parked in the lot, just walk around the gate and hike for about 5 minutes and you will see a trail that goes to the left. (If you come up to some blue drainage pipe and some old fire extinguishers, you went too far) BTW - at the trail head is a blue and white sign, you guessed it, it says “No Trespassing” but take the trail for a little ways and a small jog to the right at the end of the trail and you will see some houses and you will be right at Lithia Springs Road. From there you will see the trail markers for the Lithia Springs Trail. (Time from the “Hikers parking on 116 is about 10M) Much easier than worrying about your car being towed. For those looking to go farther than the Reservoir, you will see on the way to the reservoir a trail marker leading you to the Summit House on the Mount Holyoke Range. Enjoy

This is really underrated in quality as well as difficulty. I expected a relatively easy day and thought it was a flatter ridge once on top but it has a ton of steep ups and downs - made very challenging with rocks and a ton of leaves (this time of year) making it slippery and technical. Quite a challenge and some great views at intermittent points. Lot of fun. Knees and ankles will be suffering tomorrow.

11 months ago

I love lithia but I just found out about the section of trails from the pond up the mountain I have only ever been as far out as the pond. Today the dog and I took a jaunt up the trail but could not map out where it lead to there is a brown and a red trail the brown has two trail markers I saw one on the yellow trail before the pond and then another after you rejoin yellow across the pond. I would love to see anyone’s map or recording or the further portion of the trails. My suspicion is that they all lead to the mt holyoke range trails but I did not have the time to accurately record and explore. Someone please record or mark the rest of the trails so I can walk without getting lost because I’m dumb!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful as advertised. Great view of pond at end.
Stay on yellow trail. Look for Todd Andrew Bristol memorial along the way. Sad.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Loved this trail, there aren't any signs, just trail markers, so without using this as my guide I may have been a little bit off track. Beautiful reservoir and great for dogs to come too also.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This trail is no joke. Lots of ups and downs and technical in spots. My legs are definitely feeling it now. Keep a close eye on the markers because it's easy to get turned around. Also, there's no official "end", as in a proper peak, so mark your distance. Got to mile 6 and turned back around. Did 11.6 miles total.

nature trips
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Exactly as I expected. The tips to follow the yellow markers to the water and that there was not a lot of signage also really helped. I went with my 5 and 7 year old nephews and we all enjoyed this trail, and the people we met along the way!
Lots of dogs, most not on leashes, so be prepared if you are not a dog person!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Easy trail to lovely reservoir. Could use more markers and trail signs, but it wasn't hard to follow.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Grueling hills, make sure you bring enough water and elecrolytes if you intend to do the full loop.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice hike...TONS of bugs though.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

started on bare mt side...followed the white trail until i hit another trail...the blue trail took me to Lithia springs. the blue trail does follow a creek only got feet wet once could of been avoided. walked out to Lithia Springs road called for a ride back

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Done this hike many times. A beautiful hike, a moderately steep climb with some nice flats and down hill breaks. Pretty crowed but not too bad. Takes only a couple hours max and is well worth it.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Nice little hike along a woods road leading to the reservoir. Easy trailhead access. Could use more blazes. We pulled the kids up in sleds and had a blast coming back down the last stretch. Ran into hunters, so make sure to wear orange if it's hunting season.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Very easy trail to hike. Plenty of spots on the water to sit back and take in the nature.

on Lithia Springs

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy trail. Can't wait to go back to fish! Water looks really clean.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rugged 90% up hill hard but rewarding view peak

This a small adventure!!! Great leg workout! Beautiful & easy trail to follow!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Not very well marked. Follow the yellow marks if you can. It's weird that it says no swimming on the sign by where you park on Lithia Springs rd.

trail running
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Ran this as part of Seven Sisters trail race. Very technical in parts, with some hand-over-hand climbing to get up and down the steepest pitches. Couldn't see anything due to the fog and rain, but was told the views really are great from the peaks.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dog friendly! For some reason Skinner Park isn't showing up or Section 7 of M-M Trail which is where we started today. We took M-M -> Dry Brook -> Lithia Springs -> Lithia Bypass -> Lithia Springs -> Lithia Outlook. We then felt we could continue on and did Black Rock -> M-M -> cheated and took the road to the summit house then M-M back down the mountain. It was a great hike and not as busy as I thought it would be

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Incredible views !Lots of challenging terrain!Planf for half a day hiking

Thursday, October 08, 2015

This was always one of my favorite hikes as a kid, which I've completed several times with my family, my scout troop, and once or twice with friends. It's a tough hike, with lots of steep climbs and descents, but you always feel a sense of satisfaction when you reach the visitor center. No longer living in Massachusetts, I miss this trail.

My favorite memory of this trail was when my troop hiked it in early March, 1992 as a trailing hike for a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch that several of us were going on that summer. The goal was to carry as much weight as we'd be carrying on the trip, but I hadn't bought a good pack at this point, so I loaded my cheap Academy Broadway frame pack that I got at Caldor when I first became a scout with sandbox sand and started out. The trail was still quite icy, which made it more difficult, especially when going down hill. At one point, I started to slip and, as my balance shifted, both shoulder straps of my pack came undone. The pack, now only attached to me by the hipbelt, flopped down and knocked me over, and I proceeded to slide down the hill, basically using the pack as a sled.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

This section, though referred to on this site by many names and markers, and improperly identified as other segments, is defined by the AMC as the white-blazed section of the M-M trail which starts at the bottom of Mt. Holyoke in the Skinner State Park, and finishes at the bottom of Bare Mtn. at the Granby Notch Visitor Center, about 7 miles in length. I would rate it mostly Class 1, with a few sections of Class 2 or 3. I have uploaded a track of a recent traverse.
There is a unique satisfaction in completing a mountain range (well, technically we left out Norwottuck and Long Mtn...). We started at Bare (Rt. 116) at around 6 AM. We chose that route to save our knees, as the trail requires scrambling and can be treacherous on the way down. Reached the summit 20 minutes later. Next was Hitchcock, another 40 minutes, mostly flat. Breathtaking views at both summits, though Hitchcock is limited. Then came the seven sisters-- a seemingly neverending up-and-down. None of the elevation gains or losses were particularly great, but the constant shift in gears is exhausting. The toughest part was the Taylor Notch, a deep rivet in the ridgeline that descends and ascends very sharply, right before the arrival at the top. Finally, we reach the summit of Mt. Holyoke, which is truly a sight to beheld. No view comes close.
We walked down the summit road to save our legs and had parked a car at both ends-- a very good idea. The whole trip took the five of us just under 4 hours with many breaks and extended gazing at summits.
This hike was my goal for the summer and I felt very accomplished having done it all! Now I just have to go back and do it in the fall.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Amazing and kinda hard.

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