The Bare Mountain Trail is a difficult 1.1-mile out-and-back trail on the Mount Holyoke Range with a lookout that sits 1,014 feet above sea level. From the top, you get sweeping views of Amherst, Hadley, Sunderland, Deerfield, and parts of Belchertown and Pelham.
The trail is moderate to hard, but it can be more difficult for some people. There are various sections that are steep and require hiking up and down rock scrambles.
If you wish to continue exploring the top of the Holyoke Range, you can hike the entire 7 Sisters Trail (due-west to Mount Holyoke) once atop Bare Mountain or continue for just over one mile due-west to the top of Mount Hitchcock along the Mt Hitchcock Trail. Follow the white blazes until you reach your first mountain summit. Follow the trail north until you find a rock edge with the overlook.
Parking: Parking can be found at the Notch Visitor Center and there's a crosswalk that connects the parking lot to the trailhead for the M & M trail / Bare Mountain Trail / 7 Sisters Trail.
Alternative Route: For a different hike up Bare Mountain, check out the Bare Mountain - Old Mill Lane Trail.
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