Explore the most popular hiking trails in CC putnam State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is quite a strenuous hike. I read the rating on here and thought it would be relatively easy. It was not easy, but it was well-worth the work. Took me 3 hours to get to the top, but the rocks were very wet

trail running
10 days ago

One of me and my pups favorites!

hiking
12 days ago

Easy hike. Once your at the top of the falls there is a cart road turned around there.

The falls are only about a 2 min hike in, and they are stunning! The rest of the walk is flat and mundane, with no designated end and no views, but if you like the woods and the river, it’s a great spot!

Easy and short hike with an amazing view!

Strenuous but views are well worth it. Challenging without spikes/poles as the trail is still covered in snow and ice, but is doable without them. Perfect day hiking spot!

Strenuous hike but well worth the effort

Hiked 2 weeks ago. Lots of snow, made for climbing the rock face very difficult. The trail should have more rope to help during the last part of the ascent.

Definitely recommend micro spikes and dress warm but the hike is unbelievable, love it!

Great winter hike... view at the top is amazing! Crampons or microspikes are a must!

This was a tough trail and kicked our butts. We ascended with spikes and poles. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we didn’t see anything from the summit. We saw a pair of hikers on the way up who told us it wasn’t that much closer to the summit and were discouraged because it still took us quite a bit longer (that was kinda mean lol).

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike in the winter. A bit of scrambling to get up to the falls. After you pass the falls it's really just a flat forest road. In the winter seems like a snowmobile trail as well.

Beautiful, difficult trail. You'll feel very accomplished when you reach the summit!

hiking
5 months ago

Short trail, little squishy in some areas but boards laid down on the trail helps. Have to climb at the end of the trail to get the best view of the falls.

Incredible 360 view on a clear day. It was pretty icy from about half way and up, made for a challenging climb without spikes.

5-star for the waterfall! In Summer you can walk through the steam to the falls.
3-star for this trail. We just walked the “trail” up past the falls (12/1017) in light snow. Gorgeous views of the falls, but the trail is a simple walk in the woods. No vista at the end, and no designated end point. The trail goes on.... so my advice is to explore around the falls primarily.

Trail was very icy yesterday. It would be very difficult without spikes. Once there is some real snow it should be easier. Sometimes described as very steep, we found it so only in a few places.
It was overcast, but the views were spectacular!
Mount Washington was clearly visible, as were all other peaks closer by.

November 17, 2017

What a great hike! Of the many "difficult rated" hikes in the area we did this week, this the only one I would actually rate as difficult. Very vertical in the top section, hike turned to rock climb more than once. Not pedestrian at all. High winds, blowing snow and thick cloud made the summit a little inhospitable and poor visibility, but we really enjoyed the experience.

There was 9 inches of fresh snow at the top and snow and ice in all but the bottom section.

Really nice hike, beautiful 360 views at the summit and well marked trail. Currently, after you cross over the waterfall, the trail becomes very icy--crampons would of been helpful. My pup and I managed just fine by going off trail around the large icy sections.

Nice hike. Icy at the moment. Make sure to bring spikes.

hiking
6 months ago

I'm more bruise than person at this point because the trail is so icy and pretty much unused! There's a good inch or so of both ice and snow along the entire trail, more so once you start getting to the steep bits. I definitely recommend shoes with grip and warm gear!

Pretty wet and sloshy but in the best of ways

Great trail, a lot of fun. A little bit of scrambling at the top but not too bad. Great views on a clear day

hiking
7 months ago

I climbed the mountain via the Middlesex trail and loved it. The distance was a little longer but well worth the trouble. Check out my full write up along with pictures and directions.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/hungermountain/

short walk to falls. limited view from the top and so worth the equally short walk to the bottom to get a better view

Hiked Hunger Mt for the first time from the Middlesex side. Plateau on White Rocks Mt was spectacular. My dog, who is fairly agile, needed assistance at many points descending the Middlesex trail from the summit of Hunger Mt. That stretch should not be labeled dog friendly.

Short hike to see beautiful falls.

Great trail, challenging at points with a few scrambles and muddy points but well worth the view at the top! Hiked 10/13/17

Definitely worth it. After climbing and appreciating the waterfall from above, you must go down, surrounding the river, and see it from below. A short hike for all the family.

Great challenging hike.

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