Distance: 3.2 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Map: Massachusetts Trail Guide (The book comes with a map which includes this area. Unfortunately the map is on thin fragile paper, but I haven't found better quality MA maps). It looks like sometimes there are maps at the trailhead kiosk, but it was empty when I was there. The DCR maps are less detailed than the AMC map, but are on much more sturdy paper.
Parking: Notch Visitor Center, Route 116, Amherst, MA. The parking lot can fit around 50 cars. That sounds like a lot, but it was nearly full on a Friday evening.
Restrooms: Visitor Center was closed when I was there. There was a Portapotty however.
Post hike dinner: Chipotle, Hadley, MA
Directions: From the parking area, head up the steps towards the visitor center. There is a kiosk to the right of the visitor center. Pass the kiosk and head towards to woods. Look for the sign for the Robert Frost Trail. Follow the white blazes for the M-M trail.
Notes: This is a very popular hiking area. We came across many students, including group of around 40. Nice view at the summit, moderate difficulty. The "horse caves" are just beyond the summit, but I decided not to see them because I wanted to get back before dark. The hike is near both a shooting range (so you may hear gunfire) and what I believe is a quarry (thus you will see no tresspassing signs near the beginning of the trail.
|Sign for parking area|
|Kiosk above parking area|
|Trailhead. There are both orange and white blazes. Follow the white blazes.|
|Hike description at the trailhead|
|In general the hike is well marked with white blazes.|
|On occasion you will see white triangular blazes for the M-M trail.|
|Prayer flags on the summit|
|One of the signs alongside the trail.|
I believe the business next door is a quarry - there were huge mountains of rocks.