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Distance:
2.5 Miles / 4.0 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Hard
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~15 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Minnechaug Mountain
Town:
Hampden, Massachusetts
Directions:
42.05754, -72.414147
Added:
June 08, 2020
Updated:
June 09, 2020
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473 '

Total Change
691 '

Ascent
684 '

Descent

Minnechaug Mountain via the 'Rat Trail' at Minnechaug Mountain in Hampden, Massachusetts is a difficult 2.5-mile loop hike that features views from the top of Minnechaug Mountain.

Trails
The hike follows four officially-named trails: Kathy's Trail, Algonquin Trail, Wood Trail, and the North Trail. However, I've unofficially-named this hike the 'Rat Trail' as the shape of this loop looks like a rat.

Trail Description
Relatively moderate to hard hike to the top of Minnechaug Mountain. Follows Kathy's Trail to an unnamed trail, as a portion of Kathy's trail is unkempt, then continues on Kathy's Trail up to meet the Algonquin Trail up to the summit and a vista with a great view. The hike then leads down the Algonquin Trail to the bottom of the other side of the mountain to connect with the North Trail, which heads back east toward parking. Hike the North Trail heading east back around to the other side of the mountain connecting to the Woods Trail. From the Woods Trail, hike south to reach Kathy's Trail and then hike back to your car!

All the trails together form the shape of a rat around the mountain, so I've coined it The Rat Trail!

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed.

Explore 184 trails near Hampden, MA
  1. Parking

    42.05754, -72.414147
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.05752, -72.414251
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Hazards

Ticks - Lyme Disease More Info (CDC)

Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall

Photo Albums

1 Trip Report

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Trail Guide By:
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2.5 miles / 4.0 km
Trail added
June 08, 2020
Hiked on
June 08, 2020
Updated on
June 09, 2020

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