Hiking The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Connecticut.

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Near Goshen and Litchfield, the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a 117 mile foot path from Connecticut to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire. It is maintained by the Berkshire chapter of the Appalachian Mountain club and other volunteers. The trail follows a corridor of elevated wildland from the basalt ridges of northern Connecticut clear through central Massachusetts to a dramatic finale on the craggy summit of 3,113-foot Mt. Monadnock. It beguiles with quiet rivers and mysterious hemlock ravines, then hurls you onto wind-buffeted, sun-seared mountain balds with Panavision views. Southern portions of the route, especially along the Mt. Tom and Holyoke ranges and the Pelham Hills, are reminiscent of English country walking: You hike a densely wooded ridge punctuated with spill-away vistas of pastoral beauty to each side. In northern Massachusetts, the M&M becomes a wilderness trail, a guise it maintains as the mountains grow taller and road crossings become less frequent.

Overall, Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in Connecticut.


Local Contact(s):  Appalachian Mountain Club

Recommended Book:  "Best Hikes In Connecticut" from Rene Laubach

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  7/31/2016

ID:  12866


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