Explore the most popular hiking trails in Tully Lake Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I was a little disappointed with this hike. The falls are very nice, especially now while the levels are still high. I went with my two dogs, who loved the Trail (they both gave 5 stars). Even the older guy, who's mildly arthritic, had no problem with the little rock scramble. The problem I had was with the trail markings. After Spirit Falls, I could see the pups were getting tired. There was a trail to the left marked by white, which I think of as a connector. I took it, thinking it might link up with the bike trail. It goes in a direction toward the bike path for a few hundred yards, then seems to vanish. I swept forward, left and right for a hundred feet or so, but saw no signage, or even a game trail. At that point, we just turned around and backtracked. A nice hike if you're doing the entire thing but I wouldn't travel any distance for this particular one.

This is a short, easy trail that is family and dog friendly. The only reason I'm giving it a low rating is because of the viewpoints. The falls are very nice, especially right now when the levels are high (and the bugs still low). But there are barriers erected along the Trail, along with signage, to prevent closer access. I could clearly see that plenty of people have ignored that. I resisted the temptation, but there would be some great pictures from the river's edge. As a break from the Tully Trail, it's a nice walk. Just don't expect great pics.

This trail has 2 beautiful waterfalls and great views from a ledge high above the lake and river. The hardest trail to find on the route is the steep trail that goes up to the ledges from the river. It is not well marked or well traveled. If you decide to go uphill on this trail, look for a reflector on a tree on the left and some red and blue ribbons on the trees on the right and confirm with your ALLTrails app. If you get confused, just keep going uphill. If you go up that way first and walk along the ledges trail, toward Spirit Falls, you may not be able to cross the falls at the top if the water is high. You may want to go up the trail that follows the falls first (the farthest one - just south of "Tall Timbers" on the map). If you can't cross at the top to return along the ledges, at least you have seen Spirit Falls and can retrace your steps without doing the loop. Late winter or spring is best if you want to see the falls ripping and roaring. Bring microspikes (maybe snowshoes, too) in winter and early spring as parts of the trail can be icy. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky. Don't forget to look for a short trail that goes out to a bench on the ledges where you'll have a great view of the lake and river. It's just south of where it says "The Ledges" on the map. The trail is fine in the summer, but don't expect a lot of water at the falls.

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3 months ago

This is a very short hike, but the falls are absolutely amazing! The view from the top of the waterfall is a must see.

Really fun loop with great views of Long Pond. Mostly smooth single track with a couple of short sections that are fairly technical. Overall, a great place for a run in the woods!

7 months ago

Beautiful! Easy to get to and see from many different spots along the trail.

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9 months ago

There are other parking areas for this trail - a canoe launch area on Doane Hill Road, the picnic area on Royalston Road, and at the dam on Royalston Road. Doane's falls is a series of cascades and is great during times when significant water is flowing. A nice hike.

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10 months ago

Enjoyed the rolling terrain, views and many bridges to cross the wet areas. Nicely maintained!! Aside from the distance covered, rather easy trail...and my fur babies loved it.

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10 months ago

Parking was adequate and easy at the boat launch area. Trail is right next to it. Trails were intended for bikes so more than adequate for hikers. Vegetation was a bit thick in areas. Rained the night before so was a bit wet, not a big deal though. View of the lake is pretty incredible. Was watching the fog roll off of it for at least ten minutes. And lots of animal life. Saw tons of coyote skat, a doe stared us down for over a minute (enough to get a pic snapped), birds singing the whole time and the ground was full of newts and turtles. Overall great hike. Finished it in 7.86 miles in under 3 hours. Only downfall was the horse flies and mosquitos. A head net was absolutely necessary. Without it in sections it would have been brutal. Going to give it a try in the winter.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Very fun!

Friday, May 13, 2016

I use this trail often, and never get tired of it. It's also a great single track loop for mountain biking. When you get to the wooden bridges, and if you have the extra hour or so, take the hike to the top of Spirt Falls and back.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is the best trail. I mostly ride on my Mountain Bike. It has everything from an old Revolutionary cart road to single track. You'll have to work on this trail. I'm often rewarded with seeing Heron,Deer, Moose and occasionally Bear. The trail is used by runners, hikers and Mountain Bikers. I often bring a fishing rod. The trail goes up one side of Long Pond and down the other. There are a few brooks along the way, too. Trail is 7.5 miles and I've ridden it in @ an hour. There are "Rock Gardens" and plenty of two board bridges so paying attention is rule #1.
There is a Triathlon in the Fall consisting of Kayak/Canoe, trail run around Tully Lake and Mountain Biking. Tri can be solo or team.

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