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Mahican - Mohawk Trail Section 4: Charlemont - Cold River

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This is a difficult section that traverses over the mountain tops.


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10.9

Miles

17.6

KM

Point to Point

1,895' 578 m

High

580' 177 m

Low

1,846' 563 m

Up

1,237' 377 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This section of the Mahican - Mohawk Trail runs from the Shunpike Rest Area to the Cold River, in Savoy Mountain State Forest. It runs westerly to pass by the Hail to the Sunrise Memorial. The trail them follows along Route 2 until you come to the bridge to Mohawk Trail State Forest (on the right). Check with the office for camping availabilities.

The trail turns right to follow Cold River Road then turns left (off the road) into the woods. It ascends slightly as it rises up towards Thumper Mountain. After, the trail skirts around the base of Thumper Mountain and re-connects to Cold River Road.

Near Wheeler's Cemetery, the trail turns left then right towards the meadow. The trail skirts around the ridgeline of Mount Todd, then angles its way upwards. This section is steep, especially nearer to the top. When you reach the top of the ridgeline, you can catch some excellent views if you take a left along the Indian Trail.

The trail turns right to traverse the top of the ridge and is rough (in places) through this stretch. It continues over both humps of Clark Mountain and begins its descent to Route 2. The trail crosses over Route 2 to the guardrail on the opposite side. It follows along a narrow strip of land between a property and Route 2, then descends steeply to the Cold River. Section 4 of this trail ends here at the Cold River.

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David Smith

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#14

in Massachusetts

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Hail to the Sunrise.
Jun 25, 2019 near Charlemont, MA
Trail junction
Nov 21, 2019 near Charlemont, MA

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