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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Crag Mountain
Northfield, MA

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

Route: New England Trail, unnamed trail

The Metacomet-Monadnock (aka New England Trail) used to traverse over this peak, but I'm not sure what's going on at the moment. There are blue blazes leading up from Mountain Road, however they stop prior to reaching the steeps and have been painted over thereafter. It appears the New England Trail now follows a roadwalk to the east, missing this nice peak altogether. I followed the now unmarked trail to the summit and never encountered any posted signs (plenty of footprints indicating it's still hiked).

Trail had generally 1-2" of snow on it, but nothing too too slippery.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Crag Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,260'
Destination: Crag Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:08
Trailhead Elevation: 1,260'
Summit Elevation: 1,503'
Vertical Gain: 243'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 258'

The start of the driveway/trail
The start of the driveway/trail

Looking northeast at Mt. Grace and Mt. Monadnock from Crag Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast at Mt. Grace and Mt. Monadnock from Crag Mountain

Topographic map of Crag Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Route 63 in Northfield, take South Mountain Road past the high tension lines and Wendell Road intersection. The Metacomet-Monadnock trail will soon emerge on the right side of the road (blazes will be visible on trees and utility poles. There should be room to park on the side of the road on the top of the hill. The trail goes partway up a driveway on the left side of the road.

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