Totem Trail Mohawk Trail State Forest

Charlemont, Massachusetts

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Mohawk Trail State Forest’s 6,800 acres are some of the most scenic woodlands in all of the state. Deep gorges between tall mountains make for some breathtaking scenery. This quick out-and-back takes you to a vista on an unnamed peak that offers great views to the east. The trailhead is on the right, just beyond the Pioneer Valley sign. Start the hike at the Mohawk Trail State Forest Monument. Literally just feet after the start of the trail, the Totem Trail turns to the left below the small brown pump house and quickly crosses over two intermittent streams that run side by side. The trail then begins a switchbacking climb through a great second-growth hardwood forest, following blue trail markers. Some of this area was logged in the 1930s, and in the years since has made a great recovery. The trail flattens out as you continue on the path carved into the hillside, crossing over a couple of intermittent steams that only flow with the winter melt and in times of very heavy rain.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

by Jim Bradley (Falcon Guides)

Mohawk Trail State Forest’s 6,800 acres are some of the most scenic woodlands in all of the state. Deep gorges between tall mountains make for some breathtaking scenery. This quick out-and-back takes you to a vista on an unnamed peak that offers great views to the east.

The trailhead is on the right, just beyond the Pioneer Valley sign. Start the hike at the Mohawk Trail State Forest Monument. Literally just feet after the start of the trail, the Totem Trail turns to the left below the small brown pump house and quickly crosses over two intermittent streams that run side by side. The trail then begins a switchbacking climb
through a great second-growth hardwood forest, following blue trail markers. Some of this area was logged in the 1930s, and in the years since has made a great recovery. The trail flattens out as you continue on the path carved into the hillside, crossing over a couple of intermittent steams that only flow with the winter melt and in times of very heavy rain.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Charlemont
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Fall
Local Contacts: Mohawk Trail State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Rowe; park map also available at Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground and on the park website
Driving Directions: Directions to Totem Trail: Mohawk Trail State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

7/22/2012
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Okay trail,steep in the beginning. Crosses mostly dry streams and the vista at the top is just okay view of the valley. Trail has not been well maintained with trees fallen across path in several places. Found multiple American toads along hike. No birds seen. Nice growth of birch trees 75 percent up trail.



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