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South Sugarloaf Mountain
South Deerfield, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Pocumtuck Ridge Trail near the summit
The Pocumtuck Ridge Trail near the summit

Route: Pocumtuck Ridge Trail

While I had planned to quickly hike South Sugarloaf on my way back up from other peaks in the area, incoming rain clouds persuaded me to hike it sooner.

Starting from the dirt parking area just off Route 116, I headed up the trail, over the auto road, then up the steep Pocumtuck Ridge Trail. Nearing the top, there were good views under cloudy skies, stretching to the Mt. Holyoke Range to the south.

I took my time on the descent, as the steepness of the trail, along with loose dirt, makes for interesting walking.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: South Sugarloaf Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 22, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:17 AM
Parking Elevation: 189'
Destination: South Sugarloaf Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 7:19 AM
Summit Reached: 7:29 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 225'
Summit Elevation: 652'
Vertical Gain: 427'
Hike Ended: 7:44 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:27
Hike Vertical Gain: 463'


The Pocumtuck Ridge Trail trailhead on the Sugarloaf auto road
The Pocumtuck Ridge Trail trailhead on the Sugarloaf auto road

Looking south toward the Mt. Holyoke Range from South Sugarloaf - Click to enlarge
Looking south toward the Mt. Holyoke Range from South Sugarloaf

Topographic map of South Sugarloaf Mountain


Directions to trailhead: The parking lot and trailhead for South Sugarloaf Mountain are located just off Route 116 in South Deerfield.

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