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Pocumtuck Mountain
Colrain, MA, Heath, MA, and Charlemont, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Trail near Pocumtuck Mountain summit

Catamount was once a part of the ever growing metropolis of Colrain, Massachusetts. While somewhat booming in the 1800s and early 1900s, the area died out. Not much remains today other than a memorial to the schoolhouse (first public school in the country to fly the stars and stripes) and some cellarholes. With much of this interesting mountaintop topography being in state forest land, the adventures are abundant.

Pocumtuck Mountain is one of the highest peaks in all of Franklin County. While the view from the cliff is worth the hike, one of the best aspects is how relatively remote the location is - there is no nearby access for cars or nearby houses - rather, there are hundreds of acres of undisturbed forest.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: McLeod Pond
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pocumtuck Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 9, 2006
Hike Commenced: 11:56 AM
Parking Elevation: 1165'
Destination: Catamount - McLeod Pond
Ascent Commenced: 11:59 AM at East Catamount Hill Road trailhead
Pond Reached: 12:34 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:35
Trailhead Elevation: 1175'
Pond Elevation: 1100'
Vertical Gain: 205'
Destination: Pocumtuck Mountain
Summit Reached: 1:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:19
Summit Elevation: 1,872'
Vertical Gain: 918'
Hike Ended: 3:45 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,353'



East Catamount Hill Road trailhead


Pocumtuck Mountain summit (south-southwest into the Deerfield River valley)




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 to Adamsville Road, take a left before the cemetary, bear left and go up the hill until you hit the parking area at the gate.

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