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Pocumtuck Range
Deerfield, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below. "Summit" photos may in fact not be at the actual summit - but instead at the best nearby vista.

Pocumtuck Ridge Trail heading toward Pocumtuck Rock

Prior to hiking Mt. Toby, I decided to do a quick hike to the top of Pocumtuck Rock in Deerfield. Originally planning to hike the road, I ended up taking the Pocumtuck Ridge trail, which goes over to the summit of the old Deerfield Academy ski area prior to cutting back to the Pocumtuck Rock.

With the exception of a few short pitches around the old Deerfield ski area, the hike is nearly flat. Though the trail is marked, I found the navigation somewhat challenging, as there area areas missing blazes (trees down) as well as four different types of markings. At one point, I wandered down to the base area of the old Deerfield Academy ski area, completely missing the blaze on the side of the dirt road the path had merged with. All in all, however, you can't really get lost, as you can generally either head uphill or downhill and hit the ridge or a road.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Pocumtuck Range (Deerfield ski area summit)
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pocumtuck Range (Pocumtuck Rock)
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 25, 2006
Hike Commenced: 10:43 AM
Parking Elevation: 425'
Destination: Pocumtuck Range (Deerfield ski area summit)
Ascent Commenced: 10:43 AM
Summit Reached: 11:00 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 537'
Summit Elevation: 761'
Vertical Gain: 434'
Destination: Pocumtuck Range (Pocumtuck Rock)
Ascent Commenced: 11:03 AM
Summit Reached: 11:15 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 761'
Summit Elevation: 852'
Vertical Gain: 192'
Hike Ended: 11:32 AM
Hike Vertical Gain: 626'

Pocumtuck Ridge Trail

Pocumtuck Ridge to Deerfield Academy ski area summit

Deerfield Academy ski area summit, looking northwest at Haystack and Mt. Snow

Pocumtuck Rock, looking over Deerfield Academy toward Massaemett Mountain and Mt. Snow

Directions to trailhead: Take Pine Nook Road to the top of the ridge. There are a few places to park near the gate.

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