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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


South Sugarloaf Mountain
North Sugarloaf Mountain
South Deerfield, MA

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

Pocumtuck Ridge Trail to Sugarloaf Mountain summit

Sugarloaf is a tiny but nonetheless scenic little 'mountain' in South Deerfield, MA. While only a few hundred vertical feet, it is a challenging short hike if the Pocumtuck trail is taken from base to summit.

North Sugarloaf is a very challenging short hike if pursued from the south side. The trail itself is somewhat hard to find, as it isn't consistantly marked. Technically, it appears to be the Pocumtuck trail, however I think the direct route I took bypassed a significant portion of it. The ascent is steep and narrow and the footing is very poor - the descent is hair-raising in places (or toupee raising, whichever you possess). While the views from North Sugarloaf are decent, the views are just as good from the southern peak - yet much easier to access.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Sugarloaf Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate to Heavy
Destination: North Sugarloaf Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 6, 2006
Hike Commenced: 3:22 PM
Parking Elevation: 189'
Destination: Sugarloaf Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:23 PM at Pocumtuck Ridge trailhead
Summit Reached: 3:33 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 225'
Summit Elevation: 652'
Vertical Gain: 427'
Destination: North Sugarloaf Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:02 PM
Summit Reached: 4:15 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 315'
Summit Elevation: 743'
Vertical Gain: 428'
Hike Ended: 4:56 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 855'

Pocumtuck Ridge Trail trailhead (to Sugarloaf Mountain Summit)

Sugarloaf Mountain summit (looking south)

North Sugarloaf Mountain trailhead (Pocumtuck Ridge Trail)

Steep, dangerous ascent to North Sugarloaf Mountain summit

The view from the lookout near the North Sugarloaf Mountain summit (looking west)

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 116 to South Deerfield - first set of lights west of Connecticut River (or first set of lights east of the Route 5/Route 116 junction near Exit 24).

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