I strapped on my micro-spikes after parking at the trailhead on Mountain Road and followed the blue blazed trail through a field and past a pond into a hemlock and pine forest. The trail was snow covered and crusty, but fairly easy to walk upon, and as it gradually ascended the forest mixture changed to hardwood and some cedar as well. Reaching the summit ( approximately 1,760') the trail descends briefly and comes out upon a rocky outcrop from which there is a magnificent view westerly over Tully Lake and the area embraced by much of the 20 mile trail system. To the east, through a peek-a-boo in the trees, Mount Monadnock stands tall and its snow capped summit glistened on this bright sunny day. After lingering on this granite outcrop for a while, I took the same route back down. It is a truly magnificent short, and easy hike with only a couple of places where the grade approaches moderate. Hiking time up was only 45 minutes, and down about the same.
The hike around the lake was pleasant and plenty of nice views. Just be mindful that to get to Tully Mountain you'll be walking a little over a mile on a dirt road.
There's an entrance to the yellow trail by the day parking lot in the Tully Lake Campground. The walk around Tully Lake is relaxing and scenic. There's a nice picnic spot about halfway through with a bench and a spot to dip your feet in.
The walk to Tully Mountain wasn't that great though. Once you get to the Tully Dam picnic area, you have to walk on the road for a short distance to get on Royalston Road (not clearly marked). Then once you get on Royalton Road the yellow blazes are easy to follow.
I took the short scramble up Tully Mountain. Very pretty views at the top with nice flat rocks to relax on. I imagine I'd be a really nice spot to catch the sunrise.
Only did part of the hike went to Doanes falls
The water was flowing really heavey splashed me in the face from a decent distance tully lake was beautiful along woth the damn tryed to do royalston falls but the road wasn't very well maintained lots of debris so skip out on that
The Full Tully
The Full Tully is a 22 mile overnight hike starting at the Tully Campground and finishing near Tully Mountain. The first day is a 7 mile hike from the campground to the Royalston Falls shelter and the second day is a 15 mile hike from the shelter back to the campground. The hike is much better suited as a day hike and shouldn't be done as an overnight trip. The other reviews of the trail and guidebooks mention the beautiful waterfalls at scenic views from the ledges and Tully Mountain. And they are indeed great views but there is no need to hike the rest of the trail. Over 5 miles of the "trail" are spent on paved roads with cars zooming past you. From the paved road you can view the Tully Mountain in the distance while trying not to get run over. Around 9 miles of the trail go through swamp areas that are less than interesting to look at but have more mosquitoes then you can imagine. There is a wonderful descent through a powerline corridor which was probably the least enjoyable hiking I have ever done. The remaining trail is a mix between forest, dirt roads, and scenic woods. Finally, the blazes on Tully Mountain have been changed from yellow to blue and no longer match the guidebook or maps online.
So overall the Tully Trail is nice for a day hike, either up the mountain or to the falls. The "Full Tully" is a mix between boring, frustrating, and downright annoying. Unless you hiking on paved roads the Full Tully should be avoided.
Beautiful hike, great vistas--- For the best Waterfall viewing go in the spring OR after lots of rain (like this Fall). There are at least three beautiful falls on the trail, Doane's Falls (easily accessed from Royalston, MA about a mile South of the Town Common), Spirit Falls (a much healthier hike from near Tully Lake Campground) and Royalston Falls. Royalston Falls is more secluded and involves a moderately challenging hike down into the valley from the main parking area on rt 32. All of the trails interconnect. There is a very nice Wooden Shelter about .4 miles from Royalston Falls near a wooden bridge. Royalston Falls are my favorite-the main falls has created a large whirlpool basin cut deeply into the rock---below the basin the water all flows UNDER the rock. Very unique. A walking stick is very helpful since there are lots of slick places that are also on the steep side.
I went to Tully Trail to hike to the water falls that are off the main Tullly Trail, started out this hike at Doane' Falls, which was beautiful down to Tully Lake, alot of kyaking and canoeing here, then up to Spirt Fall's, the hike up definatly worth it, and over to The Ledges, views breath taking.