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Bare Mountain
Mt. Hitchcock

Amherst, MA and Hadley, MA

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

Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to Mt. Hitchcock summit

Bare Mountain is a brief, rocky hike from the Notch Visitor Center on Route 116. There are views in nearly every direction from Bare Mountain due to its...well...bare summit.

Mt. Hitchcock has a nice view to the north and west. The ascent to it from Bare Mountain is filled with rolling topography and rocky trails.

Both legs of the hike require some very minor climbing on small rocky ledges.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Bare Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Hitchcock
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Hike Commenced: 4:23 PM
Parking Elevation: 523'
Destination: Bare Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:24 PM at Metacomet-Monadnock trailhead
Summit Reached: 4:38 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 530'
Summit Elevation: 1,010'
Vertical Gain: 510'
Destination: Mt. Hitchcock
Ascent Commenced: 4:40 PM at Bare Mountain summit
Summit Reached: 5:03 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 1,010'
Summit Elevation: 1,010'
Vertical Gain: 420'
Hike Ended: 6:06 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,380'



Metacomet-Monadnock trailhead


Metacomet-Monadnock trail to Bare Mountain


Looking northeast from the Bare Mountain summit


Looking north at UMass Amherst from the Mt. Hitchcock summit




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 116 South from Amherst to the Notch Visitors Center parking area.

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