Independence Peak

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Independence Peak

Submitted By: Dobish on June 21, 2011

Administrator: Dobish

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Massachusetts » Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

Brookfield Orchard Beginner Loop

This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard.  While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road,   Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail). 

After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods.  Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail.  Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.

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Details

This is one of the prominent peaks that you can see to the SW of Mountain Boy.  You can see the steeper lines on the North and West faces come to a point.  This is a steeper peak, with much more exposure to the elements and varying snow conditions.  It is very aesthetic, but requires a little bit of time to get there, and caution.

How to Get There

There are a number of ways to access this peak. One of which would involve a very long ridge hike, another would be to come in from the bottom.  This peak is SW of 4th of July Bowl, and can be accessed off of the West side of Highway 82.  The approach would require a creek crossing from the highway, or would require a ski down from 4th of July bowl, into the valley, and then the approach to the peak.

Area Camping

Weller Campground, Lincoln Gulch, Parry Peak, among others.

Area Food

Area Access

Highway 82 is closed in the winter.

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