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Robert Frost Trail

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Trail

40.2 mile 64.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,360' 1,634 m
Descent: -5,892' -1,796 m
High: 1,380' 421 m
Low: 163' 50 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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A quintessential tour of Pioneer Valley woodlands on a classic trail.

Glenn glenncaffery@gmail.com

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is the complete "RFT" trail, done north to south, that provides an often stunning and constantly changing experience of some of the best trail hiking in Western Massachusetts. It can be easily broken into smaller segments, each of which presents different geology and habitat.

Description

A point-to-point tour of sometimes challenging but delightful terrain in the foothills of Western Massachusetts.

You'll happen upon gems the entire way, including crags, ponds, swamps, and views. This is classic New England forest land that will feel remote but you are often close enough for resupply. Especially recommended is the Cushman Village Market and Cafe at the halfway point.

The trail is easy to follow with orange-blazed navigation, especially the north-most 30 miles. It can also be easily shortened, and extending on the south end with the six-mile Holyoke Range ridge top known as the Seven Sisters would be even more spectacular.

There are occasional road sections between the connecting trail segments.

History & Background

The online trail guide provides excellent trail information including natural history: amherstma.gov/DocumentCente…

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View from one of the many knobs along the RFT.
May 20, 2019 near Montague, MA
Classic New England trail.
May 20, 2019 near Montague, MA

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