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Mount Tom Professional Review and Guide
"Mount Tom’s rugged traprock cliffs provide the most dramatic views in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. Its long ridgeline, a popular destination for hawk migration enthusiasts, drops precipitously toward the setting sun. To the east, the 2082-acre Mount Tom State Reservation contains subtler mountain slopes draped in the shadows of tall, distinguished trees. Home to 75 percent of the state’s reptile and amphibian species, the reservation offers more than 20 miles of diverse trails available for year-round exploration. This challenging 5.8-mile excursion visits many of the area’s most scenic spots and includes the ridge’s highest point. However, you could turn around near Deadtop’s summit, reduce the trek by 2 miles, and still feel sufficiently invigorated."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
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