Mt Sugarloaf State Reservation

Mt Sugarloaf State Reservation near Sunderland, MA


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
3 miles
4hours
moderate
Hiking, Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Sunderland, MA
User EMS Hadley

Though these are short hikes, I think they offer some of the best unobstructed views in the Pioneer Valley. You can choose to hike South Sugarloaf or North Sugarloaf, or both together as they are connected. South Sugarloaf is a lovely small, steep hike averaging about 1.5 hours. There are many views on the cliffs up as you walk. North Sugarloaf is double the distance and time and is a bit more in the woods. There is a gated paved road up South Sugarloaf that reaches the top with parking, picnic tables, grills, and a lookout house. Usually there are very few people using these amenities, so if you prefer no avoid a paved road, go up North Sugarloaf. If you are a road biker, many will bike up the steep road for training! Descriptions of the trails are in the local guide book, Hiking the Pioneer Valley by Bruce Scofield. I snowshoed South Sugarloaf for the first time last winter and had a blast.

Directions:

South Sugarloaf is 0.5 miles west of the Sunderland bridge on MA-116. Go North on Sugarloaf Street and there is parking on a dirt patch directly on the right of the paved driveway.

North Sugarloaf is off River Road which is off MA-116 at the Sundarland Bridge. Turn left onto Hillside Road off of River Road.


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