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Mt. Norwottock
Amherst, MA, Granby, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Metacomet-Monadnock Trail near sunset
Metacomet-Monadnock Trail near sunset

Part two of my Amherst area winter hiking day was at Mt. Norwottock. After having initially planned to hike this a week earlier, I finally had the chance late afternoon.

Having broken the trail at Mt. Lincoln, the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to Mt. Norwottock was vastly different - well packed, slipperly in some places, slushy in others. Certain parts in the shade had set up well enough to make conditions somewhat icy - and perfect for my first experience on Stabilicers.

The views from the summit were surprisingly strong - Mt. Greylock, Haystack, Mt. Snow, and Mt. Toby were all visible.

After reaching the summit, I decided to look around for the horse caves. I'm not quite sure I found them - apparently they aren't actually caves, but rather a series of cliffs that lean out a bit.

Not having much free time remaining, I wasn't able to stick around for the sunset (though, with the direction of the views, it likely wouldn't have been that great on the summit of Norwottock).

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Norwottock
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Hike Commenced: 2:48 PM
Parking Elevation: 523'
Destination: Mt. Norwottock
Ascent Commenced: 3:50 PM
Summit Reached: 4:22 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 518'
Summit Elevation: 1,106'
Distance: 1.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 688'
Hike Ended: 5:18 PM
Hike Distance: 3.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 898'

Beginning of the hiking trails near the Visitors Center
Beginning of the hiking trails near the Visitors Center

Looking north at UMass and Mt. Toby - Click to enlarge
Looking north at UMass and Mt. Toby

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

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