From the parking lot on Harris Mountain Rd., get on the Metacomet and Monadnock Trail and walk east. At the top of the first steep section a newly constructed home is visible through the trees to the west. The trail wind through another relatively flat section to the second steep part with a wooden staircase. At the top of the hill the trail will wind through some minor up and downs until you reach an excellent westerly view. Visible from here is Amherst with U-Mass and Amherst College, off in the distance is Northampton.
The parking lot on Harris Mountain Rd can be reached from either Bay Rd in Amherst or Bachelor St in Granby.
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Posted By: sturkel
- Sun Apr 12 19:19:41 EDT 2009
UpsideBeautiful hike and the view from the top is breath taking with some scattered viewing along the way. Also, on the way back the down hill walking is always fun.
Downsideuphill in the beginning of the hike is strenuous and difficult. I went into this hike not having run or hiked or done anything physical for about a month or two and in the beginning i was having trouble. It gets much better as you get used to it.
CommentOver all a great hike. The uphill bits might qualify it as moderate-difficult on a strictly fitness level. Actually maneuvering over the terrain is not very difficult at all.