Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Holyoke, Bare Mountain, MA
Trails: Metacomet Monadnock Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: None 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Bring plenty of water 
Bugs: Zero! Wind probably helped. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Seven Sisters
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.  
Name: crowboggs 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-14 
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