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Distance:
0.6 Miles / 1.0 km
Type:
One-Way
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~18 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Puffer's Pond Conservation Area
Town:
Amherst, Massachusetts
Directions:
42.41608, -72.514869
Added:
December 31, 2017
Updated:
June 12, 2018
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86 '

Total Change
87 '

Ascent
30 '

Descent

The H. H. Jackson Trail at Puffer's Pond Conservation Area in Amherst, Massachusetts is a short and easy 0.6 mile one-way hike around Puffer's Pond and up the hill to Pulpit Hill Road. This hike technically starts off along the Robert Frost Trail (orange blazes) and then quickly turns into the H. H. Jackson Trail (red blazes) just a couple hundred feet off the road. The trail winds along Puffer's Pond with a couple of different areas for fishing. The trail becomes fairly narrow with rocks and roots, so watch your step while hiking along the pond.

Once you reach the western side of the pond, you can turn right (just before the parking lot) to continue following the trail uphill towards Pulpit Hill Road. Just before you reach Pulpit Hill Road, there's a small spur trail that connects this one with the Robert Frost Trail again (heading back to parking) - in the winter, this trail gives you a little overlook of Puffer's Pond, UMass Amherst, and the Holyoke Range in the background. You cannot see this during months with leaves on the trees though.

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  1. Parking

    42.41608, -72.514869
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.416237, -72.515089
  3. View of Puffer's Pond

    42.418256, -72.518342
    View of Puffer's Pond
  4. View of Puffer's Pond

    42.418036, -72.518836
    View of Puffer's Pond
  5. Map next to 2nd Parking area

    42.416978, -72.520133
    Map next to 2nd Parking area
  6. Obstructed view of UMass and the Holyoke Range in the distance

    42.418433, -72.517525
    Obstructed view of UMass and the Holyoke Range in the distance
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Hazards

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Seasons

All

Blaze Color

Red

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0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Trail added
December 31, 2017
Hiked on
December 27, 2017
Updated on
June 12, 2018
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
December 28, 2017
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