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22 days ago

Bugs were unbearable for a hike.

mountain biking
1 month ago

First time on this trail was 8/19/18, post two week rain period. Lots of mud, water.. but extremely fun. I being a new MTN biker had to work ward on this trail. I recommend it and am looking forward to doing this again very soon.!

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. :(

on Tully Trail

1 month 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.

Majority of the hike was great and the Waterfalls are neat. It is a little confusing when it comes to the loop, if you’re following along with the map on here, just cut over the water a little sooner than it says. There will be a white dot across. When I was coming down through the ledges I kept losing the trail and had to run down through trees and spiders. Idk. Maybe that was my fault though. I did like that there wasn’t anyone else, so Penny could run off leash

Follow the orange blazes for the mountain bike loop. Lots of scene changes, interesting wildlife chatter, and plenty of cover in late May, though there are a few stretches close to the water that are exposed. As others indicated, this trail features rolling terrain with mixed width and composition—rocks, big roots, couple muddy spots, then soft needles. There is not that much elevation gain; this hike is on the easy side of moderate, requiring more stamina than anything! To that end, you might think it’s a good idea to bring snacks and break for a picnic, but that’s not going to happen. The bug situation is intense. I did pretty well with the herbal Buzz Away Extreme by Quantum Health, and occasional use of my hoodie hood, but a couple skeeters still got me. All in all a lovely loop, especially on a cool day. Only saw two bikes and one other hiker the entire time. Can’t wait to try it again in fall...

Very nice family trail. 2:30 hrs hike with our 8 year old boy. Nice falls, pond and view. We may come back at fall to see the leaves color changing. Don’t forget the bug spray, a lot of mosquito at this season.

3 months ago

It’s a nice hike that’s not very trafficked. The trails aren’t very well marked around the turnaround point of the loop. We took the blue trail to the orange to yellow to white dot. Despite the markings, it’s a great hike with some good elevation and nice waterfalls.

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.

5 months ago

The falls were beautiful today! Make sure you go all the way down to get the full effect. We ended up missing the fork for the Spirit Falls Trail and followed the Tully Trail to the ledges to the falls and took the Spirit Falls Trail back. Barely any mud. Lots of fallen trees. Hike was not difficult but the section down and up the falls is very very steep.

6 months ago

Trail was in great shape with the exception of a few fresh fallen trees. Connected with the Tully Loop and took that for a while

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.

7 months ago

This is a very short hike, but the falls are absolutely wonderful! 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!

11 months ago

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

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice easy hike though the spirit's weren't flowing heavy at spirit falls this time of year. Its probably better in the spring when the water levels are higher . the view from the lookout is nice u can see long pond down below and Tully Mt. off In the distance.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This is a great hike my only complaint is the markers on the last half are not that good. I ended up getting lost and ended up walking 26 miles total for the trail. all in all a fun time with good memories. A must do if you are into hiking.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Trail blazes need to be redone on the second half of this loop. We got lost and 23 miles turned to 25. Also the black flies are in full effect.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Very fun!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Really short hike. Parking is really small to. Easy to get to though. Hike was pretty well groomed and well marked. View from the highest elevation was pretty awesome. You overlook a huge lake with basically a huge vertical drop. We hiked to Spirit Falls and looped back. Heard a buck making calls. Very quiet and beautiful spot. Looking forward to hiking out a little further. Guess you can continue down to the Ledges or to Doane's Falls. More exploring definitely in the near future.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The waterfalls are definitely worth the hike! The trail is somewhat steep and rocky at times. But the beauty is worth it!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Seriously a good trail with easy to hard hiking options. Just choose your route appropriately. Also A very scenic route for photographers, recommend going spring for all the ice formations . It is fairly dog friendly, some cliffs /steep edges but aware of many different hikers on the trails that may not dog friendly

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.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I love this place

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I strapped on my micro-spikes after parking at the trailhead on Mountain Road and followed the blue blazed trail through a field and past a pond into a hemlock and pine forest. The trail was snow covered and crusty, but fairly easy to walk upon, and as it gradually ascended the forest mixture changed to hardwood and some cedar as well. Reaching the summit ( approximately 1,760') the trail descends briefly and comes out upon a rocky outcrop from which there is a magnificent view westerly over Tully Lake and the area embraced by much of the 20 mile trail system. To the east, through a peek-a-boo in the trees, Mount Monadnock stands tall and its snow capped summit glistened on this bright sunny day. After lingering on this granite outcrop for a while, I took the same route back down. It is a truly magnificent short, and easy hike with only a couple of places where the grade approaches moderate. Hiking time up was only 45 minutes, and down about the same.

Monday, September 07, 2015

The hike around the lake was pleasant and plenty of nice views. Just be mindful that to get to Tully Mountain you'll be walking a little over a mile on a dirt road.
There's an entrance to the yellow trail by the day parking lot in the Tully Lake Campground. The walk around Tully Lake is relaxing and scenic. There's a nice picnic spot about halfway through with a bench and a spot to dip your feet in.
The walk to Tully Mountain wasn't that great though. Once you get to the Tully Dam picnic area, you have to walk on the road for a short distance to get on Royalston Road (not clearly marked). Then once you get on Royalton Road the yellow blazes are easy to follow.
I took the short scramble up Tully Mountain. Very pretty views at the top with nice flat rocks to relax on. I imagine I'd be a really nice spot to catch the sunrise.

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