Hike of Mt. Holyoke

Hadley, MA

September 20, 2009

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View of UMass Two years ago we hiked the western part of the Mt. Holyoke Range to the summit of Mt. Norwottuck and had an amazing adventure. This time we returned to tackle Mt. Holyoke at the range's eastern end. Needless to say, we had another great day! Our roundabout route up the mountain on the Dry Brook, Black Rock, and Metacomet-Monadnock Trails afforded some really nice views to the southeast and north as we ascended. Here's one of them... a birds-eye view of UMass Amherst.
Kritt, Beverlie, Rachel, Solynka and Jenny Living on the edge... Kritt, Beverlie, Rachel, Solynka and Jenny enjoy the view of the Connecticut River from a vista on the Metacomet-Monadnock trail where we stopped for a while.

Kritt (left) and Ray, Max and Nate (right) check out the landscape in the valley below.

Kritt Ray, Max and Nate
Max and Nate Metacomet-Monadnock Trail After Max and Nate catch some rest we continue on our way, descending into Taylor's Notch and then up again to the Mt. Holyoke summit.
View of Mt. Tom You can't see Russia from the front porch of the Mt. Holyoke Summit House, but you can see Mt. Tom across the river.
View from summit Two views of the Connecticut River from the decks of the Summit House.
View from summit
Group on rocks Nate, Kritt, Beverlie, Max, Solynka, Jenny and Ray on the rocks next to the summit house.

Below, our whole group on the Mt. Holyoke summit. At right, the final act: Brenna, Ray, Max and Jenny descend the Metacomet-Monadnock trail back to our starting point.
Brenna, Ray, Max and Jenny
Group on summit

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