The Mt. Tom section of the Metacomet-Monadnock trail is one of the most spectacular in all of southern New England. It offers a reasonably long, moderately strenuous hike, with fairy intense exposure and beautiful examples of traprock geology.
This section of the trail starts from the Mt. Tom State Reservation park, near the center of the Reservation, and heads south. It ascends a steep rise at the north end of the Mt. Tom ridge and follows the ridgeline south. Many different geological forms are offered, and the hike culminates at a massive array of communication towers on the Mt. Tom summit, with superb views and resting places for picnicking.
Mt. Tom / Metacomet Warning
While not exceptionally strenuous, this trail does offer what can be for some an unnerving degree of exposure. In many places, the trail passes inches or feet from the edge of the cliff, with drops of several hundred feet possible. Because of the exposure and the potentially slippery rock at the edges, this trail is not recommended in rain, snow, or ice except for the most expert hiker. Children should be monitored carefully.
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