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Lots of fun! There are some great views on this trail; however I was constantly surrounded by a group of gnats, so that was annoying.

Easy, sandy, grassy trail that takes you through Nantucket thick brush to open space that is beautiful scenic landscapes. Trail has cool information stops if interested and osprey nest. Fun 3 miles trek out to ocean and 3 mile back through natural unblemished Nantucket views.

hiking
3 days ago

This was marked by someone who has never hiked. I don’t have any other explanation. The first time I went around I got off trail about 4 times I had to backtrack and by the end lost the trail completely, ended up on someone’s driveway and took that out. I thought I could go the opposite way to see where I went wrong and instead ended up taking a big circle back to the parking lot.
I have been hiking for over 30 years and never had a more frustrating experience than this loop. The blue seems what you follow when you start and then the yellow comes out of nowhere. There are probably 50-100 trails that branch off for access from peoples homes.
I wanted to love this because it’s so close to home but it’s awful and I’ll only ever go back for kayaking.

nice little Trail not too bad bringing a baby stroller with you if you need to!

My home trail. Great spot to
mountain bike
trail run
or just take a walk

This is a lovely walk around the fenced Fresh Pond reservoir. There’s a cute little dogs-only swimming area at Little Fresh Pond. Dogs are supposed to be on leash the rest of the walk, but unfortunately, most folks ignore that and let their dogs run loose. Not sure why it’s rated moderate here; the main trail is flat as a pancake and paved! A very nice walk for a day when you can’t get out of the city.

Nice, easy trail with a few hills involved. Not much access to the pond but i did find an area for the dogs to take a dip. Didn’t see many people on the trail. Bring bug spray!

Great hike. I parked at Jug End road and began my hike there. Unfortunately I picked a rainy so, it was slippery and muddy, and the trails were covered by the mist. At least it was chilly and not humid or muggy. I originally wanted to hike all the way to Bear Mountain but once I got to Mount Race I decided to go back cause it’s a long loop. If it was a one way, i would’ve done it. A loop hike to Mount Race alone was a total of 12.6 miles and by the time I was close to my car I was so sleepy and hungry lol. I almost wanted to crash at the Glen Brook shelter lol which btw it’s a beautiful shelter. There’s an outback, fire pit, bear box, table with a bench and a creek nearby. I got one clear scenic view but others were misty. The wooden stairs bolted on the rocks are pretty cool too. I was surprised at how many through hikers I met along the way some coming from Maine and others from Georgia. They were real nice people. Other than that, it was an awesome hike.

Great place for a casual hike. No steep inclines. Family friendly. Beautiful scenery

I love the upper pond is nice peaceful hiking

Great hike. Very well marked. Very shady but very buggy. Bring bug spray

I definitely enjoyed hiking here. lots of nice trails to explore

Trail is very badly marked in several places. The area near the golf course is one of them. Got lost and had to ask some golfers for directions but still a very nice trail overall.

Fun for kids!

If you feel as though you aren’t seeing marks on the trees, don’t worry, keep looking...especially if you see many fallen trees around!

hiking
10 days ago

Good hike thru deciduous forest (lots of oak acorns underfoot) on a hot summer day. We hiked the loop counterclockwise, walking along the Shaker road past Shaker Reservoir to the junction with the Shaker Mountain Trail. Ascent was moderately steep with good footing. Some artifacts (bridge construction, stone walls, clearings) are visible from the trail. Signage for aqua trail is pretty good, and there are even posts with trail names at many junctions. Descent and ascent to Mount Holy is unremarkable and relatively easy. Again, no views from summit of Mount Holy, but a quick sidetrack on the summit will take you to a handsome stone wall. Descent along Shaker Brook is quick but somewhat rutted by ATV use. Good trail to stay out of the sun and the bugs were almost non-existent on our hike.

My favorite for a sunset walk. Gets busy so plan for that ☺️☺️

You can easily spend the entire day on this trail. Many difficult slopes and interconnecting trails. I cast my vote to categorize this trail as 'Hard'.

hiking
11 days ago

For a simple 2 mile loop, this was a great walk! My 4 year old and I did it in a couple of hours and really enjoyed the creek waterfalls and short pond trail. Great rock formations to see and sweet vines to swing on on the way back. Just make your way up the hill and the rest is smooth sailing.

This trail was easy to get to, had plenty of parking and we only saw 2 other groups of people until we got back to the parking lot. The trail is fairly easy terrain for walking, but the roots are abundant so be careful. The trail was also very well marked. The pond and the streams are beautiful. Lots of photo ops. I would love to kayak here. We only did a couple of miles out, found a nice boulder to sit on, then walked back. Total did about 4 miles and took 2 hours (leisurely pace). I would love to do the whole loop however that’s a lot of time on foot. :(

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. So picturesque. It can get a little challenging on the more natural paths on the way out but to me that’s the best part.
So many mushrooms on the trail today. Beautiful and varied.

Excellent hike. Great view from the peak.

was easy with 3 kids one on a backpack. a few uphill areas bit super easy. when ypur all doneypu can jump,into cliff pond for a swim to cool off☺

on Tully Trail

backpacking
11 days ago

I did an out/back to royalston falls. Mostly flat with some minor inclines/declines close to the falls. The shelter is in relatively good shape with some trash littered around outside and mice inside who will steal your food if you leave it out. I would recommend for a moderately difficult overnight trip.

Nice trail perfect for dog walking... was raining and still had some cover from the trees.

beautiful trail, I wish it was slightly better marked but fantastically kept. bugs are out and it was swampy but fun

A nice trail to walk and to take a swim. It is quite scenic but it is hard to find much wildlife due to the crowd. The visitor center is really nice and don't miss Henry David Thoreau's hut.

hiking
14 days ago

Quabbin is visible through the trees, but no open view until the very end at the dike. BE CAREFUL OF TICKS! A hike of this trail on 7/29/2018 resulted in over a dozen ticks - check your clothes and shoes periodically if you plan to complete this route.

hiking
14 days ago

This is one of the most scenic trail in the Quabbin. The panoramic view from here is sure to delight. And if you got the legs for it, connect it to the Quabbin Hill trail and you'll get a good full day's workout.

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