Chester-Blandford State Forest

Springfield, Massachusetts

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This hike explores Mount Holyoke, an early tourist mecca offering an exceptional panorama from the Summit House, an 1800s mountaintop hotel. On your way up, pass the Devil’s Football, a geological formation. Stop at Halfway House to view the engine of New England’s first mountain tram. Next, steeply climb to the restored Summit House. Break off from the crowds. Pass more vistas and then trace a mountain stream en route to the trailhead.

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"This hike explores Mount Holyoke, an early tourist mecca offering an exceptional panorama from the Summit House, an 1800s mountaintop hotel. On your way up, pass the Devil’s Football, a geological formation.

Stop at Halfway House to view the engine of New England’s first mountain tram. Next, steeply climb to the restored Summit House. Break off from the crowds. Pass more vistas and then trace a mountain stream en route to the trailhead."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springfield
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Chester-Blandford State Forest
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May 2018