Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Princeton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I hiked this trail with my two dogs today. It's one of my favorites on the mountain. Every time I come here, I am amazed at the amount of work and care shown by the DCR staff and volunteers who maintain these trails. Today the trails were a little muddy in spots, but not too bad. You can plainly see where staff has cut little runoff channels to drain those spots. The bugs are out in force right now, so bring repellent for yourselves (and dogs, if you bring them). All in all, this mountain has some of the nicest trails in the state. There are a multitude of options to reach the summit, ranging from moderate for the experienced hiker, to easy for first-timers or those with young children (or old dogs!). Whether you are looking for a good workout, or just want to spend some time with the family, this is the place to go!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome property. Just do it!

Best trail, nice and quiet

hiking
15 days ago

Completed this trail on Friday 5/11/18. Beautiful day and great hike. Definitely not a hard hike though. I would call it a moderate or even a moderate on the easier side. Took me about 2 hours without rest time to complete though I accidentally cut out Old Indian Trail and did Harrington Trail on the way down instead which cut out about 0.6 miles. I would estimate around 2.5-3 hours + rest time for the full loop.

Hiked with my 7 year old. Beautiful weather, some muddy spots with recent rain. Great variety and all around great time.

Fairly steep and rocky, but pretty short, the views from the summit are great.

Well marked and snow covered trail, beautiful. I was short on time so I did Bicentennial to pine and back down Mountain House to the visitors center. I wore microspikes for a good run downhill

Trail was packed down snow, a little slushy as temps went above freezing

Love the snow

Rocky trail with several scenic overlooks. Viewing platform at the top. Recommend good footwear. Avoid when rocks are wet especially links like the Bicentennial trail. Treasure this place so close to home.

hiking
3 months ago

Very icy currently, however, if you stick just to the side of the main trail (in the snow) you’ll get enough traction to go right up and back down. Beautiful weather and not too crowded.

Summitted via Harrington, returned via Jack Frost and Echo Lake. Pretty much all trails broken out with packed snow on the ground. No snowshoes needed but microspikes highly recommended due to various icy spots. Not a bad trail but I enjoyed Jack Frost & Echo Lake trails much more due to scenery.

Hiked a variation of the Reservation Loop Trail from suggestion by Katharine Lange. Park at Visitors Center and follow Donbrowo Trail to ski area. Donbrowo not shown on my AllTrails app. Pass lodge and pick up Balance Rock Trail to Old Indian Trail. Balance Rock is an interesting large erratic. Avoid crossing active ski area by bearing right onto Semuhenna to West Side then back to Old Indian. Check out vista to SW not marked on map before final climb to summit. Down Harrington passed Vista well marked to Link to Jack Frost (very nice walk through large evergreens) to High Meadow (another vista) and back to Visitors center via Bicentennial. High Meadow to Bicentennial link not shown on AT app. About 5 mile loop in about 3 hours. Certainly would do this loop again. 40 degrees and 20 MPH winds made it chilly on top.

Did Mountain House Trail. Lot of people but nice trail.

excellent hike for adults and older kids

Beautiful day with 70 degrees at end of October. Who'd have thought. Parked at visitor's center, took Bicentennial to High Meadow Trl to Jack Frost then Mountain House Trl to summit. Pretty crowded at summit with clear views to Mt Monadnock, Mt Greylock and several other mountains and Boston in distance. On way down, we took Harrington Trl to Link Trl then to Loop Trl and finally Bicentennial which led us back to our car. Steep in a few spots, but not too difficult. I concur with the rating of moderate.

took bicentennial to high meadow to jack frost then Harrington up to summit. took pine trail down. pretty at the top but didn't like that the summit is accessible by car, kinda ruins it to get to the top and see a bunch of people and cars.

Recommend parking at visitor's center then taking the Donboro Trail--> Balance Rock --> Old Indian --> *Summit* --> Loop Trail back to parking lot. Gives you summit toward the end, something to look forward to! Views were truly spectacular, could see all the way from Mt Greylock to Mt Monadnock to Boston. Trails were well marked and clear. Food afterwards: Princeton Pizza House!

what a nice relaxing hike. nice day. i always fight going to wachesset but when i get there i all ways enjoy it. thank you for another great walk in the woods.

Lots of variety. Occasional steep inclines but overall a beautiful walk!

The parking lot was full and the summit was packed. The view from the summit was just ok, BUT the hike to get there was beautiful. We took the long scenic route which had many wooded areas to stop and explore, and we found salamanders and birds to watch. We just didn't enjoy having to cross roads during the hike. There were a few parts I would call moderate but it was mostly an easy, fun hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Great sights with views of Boston, lakes, windmills and more.

A perfect weather day! Although the park was busy, this hike kept us off the more popular trails until the decent down Pine Hill Trail. There is quite a bit of elevation gained that is given back before hitting the summit, so expect some climbing. The final push to the summit is pretty steep but manageable. My 13 y/o daughter loved it. My 10 y/o was pushed quite a bit. We are definitely going back again and will try a different loop. The park rangers were a tremendous help as well...I recommend you talk with them prior to taking off.

Really nice hike, goes through old growth forest and great vistas of the wind farm

Fun hike with lots of different choices of trails ..

Perfect trail to hike in a few hours' time in and back with terrain of roots, rock, and smooth forest floor to navigate. A few scenic wooden bridges and peaceful forest.

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