|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Holyoke, Bare Mountain, MA|
||Metacomet Monadnock Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 13, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Bring plenty of water |
||Zero! Wind probably helped. |
|Lost and Found:
Two Forest up to M & M (Mt Holyoke to Bare Mtn, out and back)
If you are on here, then you probably don't need the hopefully helpful heads up. The Mountain House is currently/temporarily closed. While this is a bummer from a recreational standpoint, it was always a good place to get water on a hike that rarely provides any along the way (there are port-o-lets, though). The heads-up is that even though this hike isn't the longest and doesn't have the most elevation gain in New England, it is a challenging hike even if you are comfortable with 8-9 miles and a few thousand feet of gain. It is because of the repeated climbs and descents that don't offer much rest from working progress. I only mention it today because while I encountered many very friendly and experienced hikers, a handful of whom said they were doing the out and back as well did not make a second appearance along the trail. That is to say, if they had completed the out and back given the places where I saw them and where they said they started, I should have seen them on the trail again (i.e. they must have decided to bail via side trails to paved roads to catch rides... unless they were off trail pooping, playing hide-and-seek, etc.). This is a fun and beautiful hike, especially on a bluebird Spring day with warm temps and a very steady breeze, but it is a kick in the behind, too, even when your fitness level can get you to and from most peaks in New England. I am no exception and always impressed by trail runners who leave me in the dust.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.