October Mountain State Forest

Lee, Massachusetts

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This hike follows the long-distance Appalachian Trail over Becket (2,200 feet) and Walling (2,220 feet) Mountains, then drops down to the shore of Finerty Pond, illustrating the variety of this enormous forest. It then tracks the Cordonier Trail southward through low-lying forest lands, looping back to the Appalachian Trail for a short backtrack to your car. October Mountain stands between the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains, and this altitude and distance inland combine to present a very different ecosystem from coastal Massachusetts. One sign of this is the Mountain Maple, which covers the slopes of Becket Mountain. The familiar five-lobed maple leaf appears to have just three lobes on this small tree, although the remaining pieces are visible if you look closely. Hop Hornbeam also grows here on the mountain slopes, with hemlock dominating in the low lands. In the lower, swampy land, puddles on the trail are filled with frogs in the spring, and toads can be found traveling between water sources.
Hiking Massachusetts

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Hiking Massachusetts

by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)

This hike follows the long-distance Appalachian Trail over Becket (2,200 feet) and Walling (2,220 feet) Mountains, then drops down to the shore of Finerty Pond, illustrating the variety of this enormous forest. It then tracks the Cordonier Trail southward through low-lying forest lands, looping back to the Appalachian Trail for a short backtrack to your car.

October Mountain stands between the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains, and this altitude and distance inland combine to present a very different ecosystem from coastal Massachusetts. One sign of this is the Mountain Maple, which covers the slopes of Becket Mountain. The familiar five-lobed maple leaf appears to have just three lobes on this small tree, although the remaining pieces are visible if you look closely. Hop Hornbeam also grows here on the mountain slopes, with hemlock dominating in the low lands. In the lower, swampy land, puddles on the trail are filled with frogs in the spring, and toads can be found traveling between water sources.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Lee
Distance: 6.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: October Mountain State Forest Headquarters, Lee; (413) 243-1778
Local Maps: USGS East Lee, MA
Driving Directions: Directions to October Mountain State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2009
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First 1/3 of trail on A.T. was okay, saw a scarlet tanager. Okay up to Finerty Pond trail, but was basically a logging road on Cordonier Trail. Straight, unexciting and poorly marked from Beckett Road back to A.T. I would hike to Finerty Pond and back same route if I ever did this trail again, which is unlikely. Seems a loop trail was made when it shouldn't have been.


3/7/2009
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This was my first hike in a really long time. The views and trails were very difficult. Make sure you are ready for a straight up hike. My friend and I only made it about a mile. Would try it again when I am back in hiking shape


9/27/2007
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There are mountain views- off of one of the dirt roads there is a magnificent view of mt. Greylock and the surrounding area. There is also a small gorge on the "gorge trail." Also, a reservoir that is a great place to take your dog and yourself for a swim. I highly reccomend getting a trail map from dcr to find all these excellant spots.


9/16/2007
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Wildlife! We saw a bear and a porcupine! Well I think it was a porcupine.....and very close up. The bear was almost too close, but luckily it was scared and ran away. No mountain views. Maybe when there are no leaves on the trees there may be a few. Still well worth the hike due to the wildlife experience.



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