Purgatory Chasm Trail

MODERATE 310 reviews

Purgatory Chasm Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sutton, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago. Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery.

14 hours ago

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!

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
28 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.

1 month ago

Nice place to hike and exercise. Very scenic.

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.

1 month ago

always a pleasure. great look out rock

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

This was one of the coolest places we have ever been to. Highly recommend it.

2 months ago

Fun walk with my 5 year old, park area is clean and allows for picnics.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike for all. Easy access and Great trails.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my personal favorites

3 months ago

Went here for a birthday party, great place for a picnic and an easy hike with awesome rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

Gone several times for short lunch trips, great moderate hike to go on with friends & family.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of cool boulders with scrambling opportunities. The hike can be customized in length and difficulty.

6 months ago

Recently did this trail ! The chasm had a lot of ice but we managed to do it . Beautiful and well maintained trail !

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail, it is a little hard for younger kids. I've been 3-4 times I love it every time because it is so unique.

hiking
9 months ago

So much fun with kids and adults! You should be physically fit, as you’re climbing through rocks and boulders.

9 months ago

Use to frequent this trail when I was working in Uxbridge MA

hiking
10 months ago

Great little loop with kids. The chasm is unique, breathtaking and a fun climb. Best in Fall. In Spring/Summer it gets very wet, muddy and buggy. This trail is best as an add on after one of the longer trails because it is so short. There are also caves to explore for those with experience. Nice place to take out of state guests for something unique.

11 months ago

Defiantly one for your bucket list!

hiking
11 months ago

Fun hike

hiking
11 months ago

I'm an experienced hiker and was looking for a quick, moderate hike and from reviews online this looked good. I was thoroughly disappointed with this hike. It was a walk with no reward of a view and was way too crowded. I would not recommend this "hike" to anyone.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

love this place. They have something for everyone, all levels.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lots of fun. The climb was great. A wonderful time. We explored a little off trail, found some nice places.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Loved it!

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

gorgeous hike up and down the chasm and around it, dogs have to be leashed, but no one cares if you unleash

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great Family fun. Kids love the rock climbing.

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