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Section 03: US 20 to Mass Pike I-90 ("Bush Notch")

The Westfield river cannot be forded except at very low water and only at the hiker's own risk. Through hikers must make the long road walk detour west on MA 187 to the US 20 bridge. This section of trail has been relocated away from what used to be East Mountain (now a quarry). It meanders below a level, sandy plateau and passes below the Pioneer Valley Sportsman's Club before gaining higher ground in a mixed oak/hemlock forest environment on municipal watershed land (logged 2004). At times the Lane Quarry is visible through the trees to the west as the trail heads north on West Springfield's public water supply land to the Mass Pike. The section along Paucatuck Brook was relocated (2003) to take it away from the Lane Quarry access road.

+ Length: 3.9 miles
+ Elevation profile

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