Thru-Hike Adventures on the M-M Trail

by John Klebes

The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

It was almost fifteen years ago when I first moved to the Springfield, MA area.  One of the first things I like to do at a new place is pick up a topographical map of the town and look for trails.  That was where I first heard of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail.  Over the years I have day-hiked sections of the trail but I always thought it would be fun to thru-hike her in one end-to-end trip.  A 117-mile long trail was just the right size to fit into a week of hiking.  For those of us in the middle of our careers and families something longer is hard to fit into our lives.