Crag Mountain (Massachusetts)

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Crag Mountain closure sign located at the Gulf Road M & M trailhead due to landowner's request of the Berkshire Chapter AMC.

This article is about a mountain in Massachusetts. For other summits by the same name, see Crag Mountain (disambiguation)

Crag Mountain
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View from Crag Mountain; Northfield Mountain Reservoir in distance
Elevation 1,503 ft (458 m)
Parent peak Brush Mountain
Location
Location Northfield, Massachusetts
Range Bald Hills
Coordinates 42°38′36″N 72°25′05″W / 42.64333°N 72.41806°W / 42.64333; -72.41806Coordinates: 42°38′36″N 72°25′05″W / 42.64333°N 72.41806°W / 42.64333; -72.41806
Geology
Type Arête; quartzite
Age of rock 400 million years
Climbing
Easiest route Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

Crag Mountain, 1,503 feet (458 m), of the Bald Hills region of east Franklin County, Massachusetts is the southern and most apparent summit of Brush Mountain, 1,507 feet (459 m). Narrow and precipituous, the mountain offers expansive views from its open, knife-edge summit. Crag Mountain is composed of quartzite, a weather-resistant metamorphic rock. The 114 mile (183 km) Metacomet-Monadnock Trail traverses its summit ridge. Crag Mountain is located within the town of Northfield, Massachusetts.

The west side of Crag Mountain flows into Fourmile Brook, then into the Connecticut River, which flows into Long Island Sound. The east side flows into Jack's Brook and Keyup Brook, then into the Millers River, thence the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.

Recreation[edit]

Currently (August 2013), the Crag Mountain summit is closed to thru hikers on the M & M Trail at the request of the landowner. The trail remains blazed from Gulf Road in a southerly direction to within a half mile of the summit that is marked with two USGS benchmarks.

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