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    Mount Toby Trail

    South Deerfield, Massachusetts

    Mount Toby Trail

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    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "lf you’re looking for a good day hike that really delivers in terms of scenery, summits, and a solid workout, you won’t do better than this Pioneer Valley favorite. In the summer, Mount Toby State Reservation, owned by the University of Massachusetts, is fringed with forty-plus varieties of ferns and dazzling orchids.

    Wintertime offers less color but more solitude, with rewarding views of distant peaks and the Connecticut River Valley in shades of white and blue. This hike includes a portion of the Robert Frost Trail, begun in 1982 as a way to link Amherst conservation properties. More than 40 miles long, the Robert Frost Trail takes in some pretty country, including the 1000-acre Lawrence Swamp."

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    Chestnut Ridge, NY
    Adventurer | 391 pts
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    Not a very challenging park for hikes but a beautiful place to explore. Lots of wildlife, forests and creeks plus waterfalls. There's also an area with caves and a fire tower with some nice views. Some of the trails aren't well marked.
    Hampden, MA
    Trailblazer | 687 pts
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    Mount Toby was a pretty easy hike if you take Tower Rd. It's basically a logging road that leads to the Tower at the top. I hiked it in about 3hr 30min in the winter. No snow had fallen but water runoff made some spots very icy. I'll go back to hike the other trails but all in all it was pretty good. You can see Mt Monadnock off to the distance from the top on a clear day. The area has 5 waterfalls which may be pretty fun to see during the fall or early spring.
    Bernardsville, NJ
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    The ground was still quite moist after a rain the previous night so some parts of the trail were muddy or still flowing with water. Those parts were very easy to walk beside.

    The biggest issue was the trails were very poorly marked. At one point the trail itself just disappeared and because there were no marks we decided to not push on but to go back to another trail. Eventually we got to the road and figured out the simplest way to the top. We decided to come down the same way as well - down the powerline to the road and then out to the Reservation Rd. trailhead. The top of Mt. Toby is worth the climb. The climb up the firetower was particularly good because we were very sweaty after a afternoon hike and the cool breeze at near the top of the firetower refreshed us tremendously.

    I would strongly suggest taking the topo map if you go. We did not and that might have helped us out.
    Roswell, GA
    Adventurer | 366 pts
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    Great trail, well maintained, beautiful ferns and trees. Very tranquil hike and not very populated with other hikers
    Orange, MA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    The hiking trip was much better the second time. The trails are not clearly marked. So the first time we were off track by 2 miles. The second time, thanks to, we were able to find our way much better. The "falls" are fantastic and the fire tower is in pretty good shape, nice views.

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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
    "The strenuous hike to the summit of Mount Toby is best suited for older children who have an appreciation of geology and botany. (A trip to the library for appropriate field guides is a prerequisite for the trip.) The mountain’s rugged slopes are punctuated with outcroppings of coarse conglomerate called “puddingstone.” The area is also known for its wide variety of plants, most notably ferns and orchids. Local botanists claim that Mount Toby nurtures a greater diversity of plant life than any other spot in New England of equal acreage." Read more

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    1,040 feet
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    4-5 hours
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