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Distance:
1.4 Miles / 2.3 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~42 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Town:
Hadley, Massachusetts
Directions:
42.315234, -72.550819
Added:
October 09, 2018
Updated:
April 05, 2019

The Glenna Bell Trail is an easy 1.4 mile loop hike located in Hadley, Massachusetts on Chmura Rd. The road ends with a large turn around/parking area with several unmarked trailheads leading up to the Holyoke Range. The road itself appears to turn into a dirt road leading towards Hadley Reservoir. 

Simply put, the trail system here is a mess and should only be explored with maps from sites with some trail data. There are more twists, turns and offshoots, its very easy to get lost or turned around even with a map. While exploring I only saw a handful of blazes whiles coming down the College Road Trail and they were inconsistent at best.  

This recording takes the first right after entering the dirt road Chmura Road turns into. The trail follows upward along a wide trail to a junction 0.15 miles in. From here, the Glenna Bell Trail crosses the intersection left to right - take the right-hand turn and follow the trail as it skirts the side of a small valley with a brook. The valley provides a wonderful view of the opposite ridge to take in the full effect of the drainage. After roughly 0.15 miles from the junction, there is a small bridge over the brook where the trail cuts across the ridge opposite the one you entered on. According to maps, there is a left turn trail out of this valley before the bridge but there is no indication of one along the slope and is frankly too steep to blaze one. The true trail splits at the bridge and turns left heading back the way you came at a sharp angle. This trail is called the Margin Call Trail and provides a wide switchback back up the ridge and out of the valley. 

After 0.25 miles the Margin Call Trail spits you out onto the College Road Trail and according to some maps, another portion of the Glenna Bell Trail. From here, turn left and head north down the College Road Trail. The College road trail merges in and out with several other trails including the Tinker Toy and the Glenna Bell Trail. The trail head is roughly 0.5 miles down the hill. There are several left and right turn trails, some of which lead right back to the main trail, others are much wider loops. My best advice is to keep as straight as possible, any trail the begins to turn drastically should be ignored.

Upon looking at several maps, the least confusing route would be to cross the College Road Trail at the end of the Margin Call Trail and continue on to the Tinker Trail for 0.1 miles. From there turn left (north) down the Tricky Turn Trail. Continue on the Tricky Turn Trail for 0.2 miles until a another left turn appears, this will be a wide very straight trail heading north down the hill, this will spit you out to the trailhead.

Dogs and biking are both allowed on this trail.

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  1. Parking

    42.315234, -72.550819
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.315234, -72.550819
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270 '

Total Change
290 '

Ascent
280 '

Descent

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1.4 miles / 2.3 km
Trail added
October 09, 2018
Hiked on
October 09, 2018
Updated on
April 05, 2019

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