Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Holyoke Range

South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Five miles north of South Hadley. This fragment of the long-distance Metacomet-Monadnock(M-M) Trail offers a rolling ridge tour, with both challenging and comfortable stretches. It tags bald summits, rocky knobs, and outcrops for vistas and passes Horse Caves, an interesting area of overhangs and rock jumbles. Special attractions: Vistas, varied woods, Summit House, Notch Visitor Center, fall foliage. Flight path for the spring-fall hawk migration passes over the western extent of the range.

Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Holyoke Range Professional Review and Guide

"Five miles north of South Hadley. This fragment of the long-distance Metacomet-Monadnock(M-M) Trail offers a rolling ridge tour, with both challenging and comfortable stretches. It tags bald summits, rocky knobs, and outcrops for vistas and passes Horse Caves, an interesting area of overhangs and rock jumbles.

Special attractions: Vistas, varied woods, Summit House, Notch Visitor Center, fall foliage. Flight path for the spring-fall hawk migration passes over the western extent of the range."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Hadley
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 721 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring through fall for hiking. Gates close 7PM.
Local Contacts: Skinner State Park, 413-586-0350
Local Maps: Holyoke Range / Skinner State Parks trail map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Holyoke Range

Recent Trail Reviews

5/2/2009
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This was the second time on this trail this year. First time was a one way from the notch to the summit. This was a round trip from the Notch visitor center. This is a great training hike. the continuous up and down each hill really gets you in shape. The hard part is that there was no water available at the summit house. There is lots of poison ivy along the trail edge, so be aware and stay on the trail. Great views!


10/9/2007
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Great trip, fantastic changes of scenery. We went west (as apposed to the trail writeup) which made for a nice ending at the Summit House on Mnt. Holyoke. Overall nice trail, great views, highly recomended!


5/29/2007
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This section of the M-M trail remains in very good condition with surprisingly little traffic for a holiday weekend. The rapid onset of spring brings plants, including healthy growths of poison ivy, very close to trailside. While the trail is a constant reminder of what the bear sees when he goes over the mountain, (another mountain), the journey is well worth the effort.


3/18/2006
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It is really neat trail with many elevation gains!



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