Seven Sisters (Massachusetts)

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Seven Sisters
Elevation 945 ft (288 m)(highest point)
Parent peak 42° 18' 17"N, 72° 33' 11"W
Location
Location Hadley and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Range Holyoke Range / Metacomet Ridge
Coordinates 42°18′08″N 72°34′51″W / 42.30222°N 72.58083°W / 42.30222; -72.58083 to 42°18′17″N 72°33′11″W / 42.30472°N 72.55306°W / 42.30472; -72.55306
Geology
Type fault-block; igneous
Age of rock 200 million yrs.
Climbing
Easiest route Mount Holyoke auto road + Metacomet-Monadnock Trail

The Seven Sisters, part of the Holyoke Range and located within the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts, are a series of basalt ridgeline knobs between Mount Holyoke and Mount Hitchcock (there are actually more than seven distinct peaks). The knobs offer scenic clifftop views interspersed with oak savanna woodlands. The highest "sister" has an elevation of 945 ft (288 m) and stands 800 ft (244 m) above the valley below. The terrain is very rugged; a continuous walk along the ridgeline includes an overall elevation change of 3,700 ft (1,128 m). The Seven Sisters are traversed by the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail.

The Seven Sisters are the location of the Seven Sisters Trail Race every spring, a twelve mile (19 km) "out-and-back" run that often leaves its runners bloody, bruised and exhausted. [1]

In response to a proposed suburban development on the Seven Sisters in the late 1990s, several non-profit groups and local governments worked together to block construction and acquire the ridgeline for the J.A. Skinner State Park.

Coincidentally, the seven sisters are near two of the Seven Sisters Colleges.

See also[edit]


Adjacent summits
< West East >
Mount Hitchcock

References[edit]

  • The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail Guide. 9th Edition. The Appalachian Mountain Club. Amherst, Massachusetts, 1999.
  • Save the Mountain Website cited Dec. 2, 2007.
  • Seven Sisters Trail Race Cited November, 2007.