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This trail was a challenge but I loved it! Took my best friend with me and we had so much fun! I just love climbing rocks and walking in trails!

Great first time here. Did the green trail. Didn't get lost. Will come back and try the red trail next. Trail markings were good.

The kids and I love this place! Not overly taxing, but a great time.. Kids love sliding on the big flat rocks!

Wasnt a bad trail. was foggy so views were bad. otherwise would have a bad view. summit was marked by cairn, with some decent outlooks along the way.

Lots of mosquitos and a very wet path. I had to turn around after a mile or so because it just didn’t seem worth it. I drove to the top and yeah. It was so cloudy I would have been disappointed by all the effort I put in to get there. Bring bug spray even if you think you don’t need it and waterproof shoes if it’s been rainy.

on Hickey and Squaw Loop

21 days ago

Excellent! Easy parking, well marked trail with wonderful views. Highly recommend!

hiking
21 days ago

The trails are clearly marked on the white trail on the way up until you get close to the top, but you can easily follow the trail to the summit. If you continue down the white trail, following the loop rather than turning back, the markings almost disappear. The trail is still easy to follow but it's much smaller. Once you reach the Orange trail the markings are great.

Nice views, easy to follow. put on your mountain goat for Boulder climbing!

hiking
29 days ago

Nice trail. We went up white and down orange to avoid a long steep downhill. Nice lookout at the peak and nearby. You can climb around the tight squeeze on the way down. Then it is a lovely walk in the woods.

hiking
29 days ago

Fun area to explore with lots of rampart caves and ledges. The highlighted loop goes around the Chasm, but it’s definitely worth checking it out during your trip. We spent about a half hour checking out the caves, then did a little hiking. The trails in the area are very well marked and maintained. My one warning would be to avoid coming on weekends since it gets very crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view, the way down is at first a bit steep, but then levels out (and is a bit boring).

mountain biking
1 month ago

Solid trail. Good climbs for intermediate level. There are beginner trails as well. Technical, climbs and downhills.

I went on a perfect morning. Good vistas, nice burn in the legs going up and pretty easy walking on the way down. It took about 5 hours- spent about 45 minutes up at the top and took a few breaks.
It was steep at the beginning, but levels out quickly and I was surprised with how fast I got to the summit.

Always fun at Harold Parker Forest trails

Nice place to hike and exercise. Very scenic.

Beautiful scenery, worth the climb to stand on top of Race Mountain to be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. Very buggy. Met friendly hikers. Hiking poles a big help.

Nice short hike with great views.

Trail is dog friendly but there's a rod and gun club nearby with a range. You can easily hear the gun shots from the rec hunters and if your dog is skittish from thunder or fireworks, it may take some work to get your pup on the trails. Good hike overall though.

Love this place. Nice place to get out in the woods on a regular basis.

Incredibly crowded late on a Sunday morning in July, and the summit is VERY crowded with noisy families due to a parking area near the top. Views are nice but not spectacular, obscured by towers and tourists. There’s a lot of up and down, a very indirect way to the top (but a nice workout with a few overlooks). I took the left fork at the beginning of this loop so I summited near the end of this hike... I think I would have been too annoyed with the circuitous route to finish had I gone the other way!

1 month ago

This is a great time to spend your day:)
The trails can be from easy to moderately difficult or you can make it a little of everything. We love coming here.

Beautiful trail! I followed it to the falls, the summit, and the continued down the AT to a pond, where I was completely alone to enjoy the water.

Started at the NET entrance on Old Mountain Rd. There are several south facing trails you can use to break up the hike and these will lead to the east to west trails such as Lithia Springs trail (part of this meanders onto a private drive from Amherst Rd. so I used the main drag to head south to the power line trail which connects to a yellow blazed Lithia Springs.) If you "shortcut" through the Lithia, eventually you connect with the red blazed Dry Brook Trail which will head due west with some confusing intersections so use a compass and do not rush. There are red location ID signs with numbers if you really end up lost. This hike is very strenuous and goes up and down multiple rocky peaks with 1000ft gains and some of the no name shortcuts at the east end of the range are unkept, unmarked and full of loose rocks. The vistas are beautiful but it if you plan on taking the lower trails on the way back be prepared to get eaten alive by biting flies and mosquitos. It's definitely a hike!

always a pleasure. great look out rock

I love this place. So peaceful and the best hiking experience i have had.

hiking
2 months ago

Parking lot at the Notch Visitor Center fills up quickly, got there about 9:30 am and was already almost full. Did the hike with my 11 year old lab, who scrambled a little on some of the last stretch up. Definitely a well trafficked trail so if you are looking for more solo quiet time maybe not the best choice. Agree with some other reviews that it's not super well marked, many markers have faded and not been renewed for a while. I got a little sidetracked on the way down, but always set my GPS when I start a hike so wasn't too difficult to get back on right trail. A decent Sunday morning workout!

Moderate woodland trails with beautiful views overlooking the chasm. Inside, there are a lot of great bouldering areas to climb over and through.

This was a good hike - strenuous for us. The climb starts almost immediately after the trail split, about a 1/4 mile in. Markers on tree per light blue. Lots of rocky ground and ground with exposed roots. Part of trail to lower falls is through a creek bed with lots of large rocks. Trail might be muddy after a rain. We did not go beyond upper falls after visiting lower falls. Total trip for us was 3 miles in about 2 hours.

great place. always impressed by the chasm. Wildlife is super cool. kick over a rotted log and you may find a giant millipede

This is my favorite type of hike. Rocky scramble, huge boulders and trees. Started counterclockwise on charleys loop(yellow), followed forest road trail (orange and blue) and chasm trail (blue). Chasm trail was the best with huge rocks to climb in under on and through. there's a trail but so many neat options on it! First trails were boring but the chasm more than made up for it! FYI - parking fee $5 for MA resident, $10 out of state.

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