Venture into the Mohawk Trail State Forest for a 7.4-mile loop hike in some of the most beautiful terrain Massachusetts has to offer, summiting 2 peaks and gaining 2,100 ft of elevation. One goal of this WHP hike is to prepare for the White Mountains in winter, so we plan to move at a moderate pace.
Our hike is bordered by the Cold and Deerfield rivers within the largest area of old-growth forest in Massachusetts, some 560 acres that include trees up to 500 years old. Close to a dozen species of trees exceed 300 years in age to include a 334-year old black birch, the seventh oldest known of its species. There are at least 135 Mohawk pines that surpass 150 feet.
To address unforeseen challenges such as: adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.
Elizabeth Ryan is a four-season hiking and backpacking leader with the AMC's Boston Chapter and Adventure Travel. She has completed the New Hampshire 4000 footers, hiked in the Baxter park area and explored some of the glaciated North-west peaks. International trips include hiking in the Scottish Highlands, Newfoundland, Iceland and New Zealand.
Eric has found the trail after 30 years as a marine navigator and uses the peak-bagging lists as destination guides. He is working on the NE67 and NH highest but enjoys all trails high and low, and tries to get the most out of nature by backpacking the peaks when able.