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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
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).
Getting To Trailhead:
||Wednesday, February 21, 2007|
|Hike Vertical Gain:
Beginning of the hiking trails near the Visitors Center
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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