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."