All posts by Ben Kimball

Ben Kimball is a New England-based writer, runner, and photographer.

Western Mass, Site 51: Peaked Mountain

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 4.5 Miles for both loops

 

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Typical section of singletrack trail at Peaked Mountain in Monson
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Vista ledge along the Valley View Trail at Peaked Mountain
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The Forest Loop Trail at Peaked Mountain’s Miller Tract
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Lunden Pond at Peaked Mountain’s Miller Tract
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Lunden Pond at Peaked Mountain’s Miller Tract
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Temple Brook Loop trail at Peaked Mountain’s Miller Tract
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Temple Brook Loop trail at Peaked Mountain’s Miller Tract
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The rugged patch along the Valley View Trail just below the summit of Peaked Mountain
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Ruth’s Mountain Road trail on Peaked Mountain
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The West Rock Trail at Peaked Mountain

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon), here (Barnes & Noble), or here (the publisher). Or better yet, pick it up at a locally-owned bookseller!

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 50: Minnechaug Mountain

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 5 Miles

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Southwestern view from Goat Rock
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Along Bob’s Trail at Minnechaug Mountain
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Minnechaug Mountain Conservation Land sign
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West-facing vista at the top of Minnechaug Mountain
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Along Kathy’s Trail at Minnechaug Mountain
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Along Algonquin Trail at Minnechaug Mountain
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Trail sign at Minnechaug Mountain
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Along Bob’s Trail at Minnechaug Mountain

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 49: Robinson State Park

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Typical winding singletrack trail at Robinson State Park in Agawam
Photo by Ben Kimball (copyright 2014)
Trail through dry upland forest on the flat, higher terrace at Robinson State Park
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Playground of trails and bridges by a brook in Robinson State Park
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Swooping singletrack at Robinson State Park
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Afternoon shadows along a trail above the Westfield River at Robinson State Park (East Side) in spring
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Section of trail beneath powerlines at Robinson State Park

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 48: Stanley Park

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 3 Miles

 

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Woodland trails of Stanley Park
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Late afternoon on the winding trails of the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary in Westfield, MA
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On the trails at Stanley Park
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Boardwalk section of trail at Stanley Park
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Riverside trail at Stanley Park
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Along the River at Stanley Park
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Trail bridge at Stanley Park

 


To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 47: East Mountain

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 4.5 Miles

 

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The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (M-M Trail / NET Trail) along the crest of East Mountain in early May
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Trail system entrance sign at Holyoke Community College
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A rare east-facing view along the M-M Trail on East Mountain
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Trolley Trail just west of the Holyoke Community College campus
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Trolley Trail near the intersection with Hellgate Trail
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Ridgetop vista along the Hoco Co Express Trail
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Along the Fraidey Kat Trail
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M-M Trail on East Mountain in Holyoke
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Glacial erratic boulder along the M-M Trail on the crest of East Mountain

Bonus Site (borders the southern end of site 47)
Ashley Pond area (Holyoke/West Springfield)

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 46: Chicopee State Park

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 4.5 Miles

 

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Trail along Cooley Brook at Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Singletrack trail rising along the bank above the brook on the west side of Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Trail along Cooley Brook at Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Pond and beach at Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Singletrack trail through the pines at Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Typical width of the singletrack at Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Typical character of the winding singletrack trail at Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Trail bridge over the upper reaches of Cooley Brook in the northern part of Chicopee Memorial State Park
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“The Desert”; a sandpit in the somewhat remote northern part of Chicopee Memorial State Park
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Entrance sign

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher), or pick up a copy at a local bookseller in the greater western Massachusetts region.

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 45: Quabbin Park

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 3+ Miles

 

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View from the south shore of the Quabbin Reservoir
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Old Enfield Road at Quabbin Park
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Trail along the north side of Quabbin Hill
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Trail along the south shore of the Quabbin Reservoir
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The view from Enfield Lookout at Quabbin Park
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Trail on the east side of Quabbin Hill
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Grassy woods road at Quabbin Park

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 44: Batchelor Street

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 3+ Miles

 

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A hairpin turn along the upper section of Roller Coaster
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Dark forest along the lower section of the Roller Coaster trail at Batchelor Street
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Beneath conifers on the start of Entrance Exam at the Batchelor Street trails
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Swooping singletrack along the lower portion of the Serpentine Trail at Batchelor Street
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At the Lower Access / Upper Access trail split, about a quarter mile north of the parking area
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Junked car remains at the unmarked start of IMBA Access Trail (left) just north of the Lower Access / Upper Access split
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Along a flattish section of upper Roller Coaster
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A particularly pleasant section of the Private Investigations trail.

 

NOTE: In the “Nearby” text of the profile for this site, several unofficial trail names are given. The Private Investigations trail should be added to that list.

 


To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 43: Mt. Norwottuck

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 6 Miles

 

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Rattlesnake Knob in the late afternoon
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Recently re-routed section of the M-M/Robert Frost Trails beneath powerlines near The Notch in the Holyoke Range
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Wintertime view from ledges near the summit of Mt. Norwottuck in the Holyoke Range
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The Robert Frost Trail gently rises and falls as it traverses the north slope of Mt. Norwottuck
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Multiple trails, each marked with a different colored blaze, share the same route for about a quarter of a mile just east of The Notch
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A tight squeeze where the M-M Trail passes though the Horse Caves on the east side of Mt. Norwottuck

To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.

Western Mass, Site 42: Earl’s Trails

This map is intended to be used in conjunction with the site profile text in the TRAIL RUNNING Western Massachusetts guidebook (Kimball 2015, UPNE).

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Suggested Route Distance: 6.5 Miles

 

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Singletrack through a forest cove at Earl’s Trails
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Typical stretch of trail at Earl’s Trails, with bridge
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A fairly standard swoopy trail at Earl’s Trails
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The fenced-in bunker below Bare Mtn.
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Flat portion of doubletrack trail along an old road near the Hadley Reservoirs
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Through the woods at Earl’s Trails
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Pathside wildflower orchid at Earl’s Trails

 


To purchase either a hardcopy or ebook version of the Trail Running Western Massachusetts guidebook (May 2015), please click here (Amazon) or here (the publisher).

All photos copyright 2014 by Ben Kimball unless otherwise noted.