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The Holyoke Range is Massachusetts' underrated gem. Sure it can get crowded, but for the amount of trails in such a small tract of land, you can get a little bit of everything. Scrambles, views, and long days can be had with a little bit of planning. We were able to get a solid 9ish miles with a little creativity.

The loop we took was excellent and I would highly recommend. It starts out at the Lower/Upper Access Trailhead in Granby which is a popular mountain biking area that I hope to explore sometime. It's also a longer approach to hike Norwottuck, which has one of the best views in the Holyoke Range.

The first section of trail is quite moderate, and we got creative with it to make the loop as long as we could, utilizing the Pond Trail and Southside Trail.






We looped up to the summit, which was quite crowded. We looked for a nice nook to ourselves and got a fantastic view of the Pioneer Valley.



From here, we headed down toward the Horse Caves, which is always a fun spot to explore. It's one of the most unique formations in the range.


When we gained the New England Trail/M&M Trail/Robert Frost Trail, we hiked two miles over to Long Mountain for some solitude. We saw a couple people on the way over, but had the view just below the summit to ourselves.




From here, we retraced our steps and used the Upper Access Trail on the way back, passing through some cool pink foliage (which I heard was an invasive species) and a car stranded in the woods.




Total Time: 3 hrs 50 minsTotal Distance: ~8.82 miles (Garmin Fenix 5x Plus)Total Elevation Gain: ~2050 vertical gain