Drake Mtn. Old Colonies

Drake Mtn. Old Colonies near Southwick, 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
60 miles
Snowshoeing, Mountain Biking, Hiking
Summer, Fall
Southwick, MA
User mtnbguy1107

The trail is best described as old time logging roads that have been washed away in time. And by time I can best guess at least 50 years or so, on the mountain itself. The climb up to the top is a lot of packed dirt, stone, roots and logs. These trails are not maintained by anyone so you may come up on a few surprises. Traveling up you will cross a few mountain streams and gully’s but it’s all apart of the ride. You will also encounter some grades reaching 11-13 degrees in angle making it a tough yet worth while climb. The decent is a little more technical to navigate. There are a lot of exposed rock and crevasses between them. It’s not as steep a decent as the climb but a nice little thrill. The back side of the trails will take you into Granville, MA and the State Park. You will also notice one of the many watersheds that are around and some original stone foundations that have been turned into some reverse table tops. Once on the backside of these trails there are literally hundreds that you could take with countless miles of experiences.


From the MA Pike take Westfield exit to 10-202 south into Southwick. Follow the signs until you come to Rt 57. Take a right onto 57 and follow until you come to an intersection. Turn right onto N. Loomis and follow for app. 3/4 mi. You will see a concrete tank factory on the left. Drive past that and park at the small concrete bridge on the side of the road. Once parked you can either go across the field and follow the trail along the edge of the tree-line to a dirt road splitting two fields and turn right going under a covered bridge. Once past there stay to the left and you will enter the trail. You can go multiple ways so the choice is yours from there.


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