Mount Holyoke/Skinner State Park Trail

Hadley, Massachusetts 1035

Mount Holyoke/Skinner State Park Trail

Mount Holyoke/Skinner State Park Trail Professional Review and Guide

"“Nobody knows we’re out here! It’s all about Boston, Cape Cod, and the Berkshires," complained a local innkeeper. ’Tis true, alas. This area of the state doesn’t get a lot of attention. It is better known for local colleges (UMass—Amherst, Amherst College, and Hampshire College among them) than it is as a hot destination for outdoor pursuits.

Most people who discover it have a “Who knew?" reaction. So, we’ll let you in on a little secret; The Mount Holyoke range is great for hiking and snowshoeing. Most of the land around the peaks is protected as part of 390-acre Skinner State Park, Holyoke Range State Park, and town conservation lands. The western part of the range has three summits; Mount Holyoke (940 feet), Mount Hitchcock (1002 feet), and Bare Mountain (1014 feet). The white-blazed long-distance Metacomet-Monadnock Trail winds around the ridgelines of the Holyoke Range for about 9 miles, adding to its enticements. The dense forests and wide-open ledges make this an inviting place for summer hikers."

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1/19/2008
It's definitely a beautiful area, but the town they have listed is in-correct. The correct town should be Hadley, MA.
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Trail Information

Hadley
Nearby City
1.6
Distance
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Winter
Season
J.A. Skinner State Park
Local Contacts
AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide, Map 6
Local Maps

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Jul 2018