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bugs
7 days ago

Hike was great w a view down to the lake spectacular. The trail markers were not great and just about everyone we met had gotten lost at least once. We took the ridge trail over to the falls and hiked down from there. Downside- the bugs! They’re brutal!!

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bugs
rocky
7 days ago

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bugs
closed
off trail
rocky
7 days ago

Doane’s Falls is closed due to covid19 but it’s not being patrolled and many folks were there anyway. This trail was amazing - had it all: waterfalls, 1100’ outlooks, a steep slope in the beginning and riverside paths throughout. If you follow this path as recorded here, you’ll have to look at your phone a bit, especially to find the turn off to climb up to The Ledges. Gorgeous, would do again.

I wouldn’t call this a hike. It’s a very short walk to a pretty waterfall. Very easy.

on Tully Trail

hiking
10 days ago

The Tully Loop is a great hike! We hiked it in a day going counter clockwise starting at the Tully Lake Campground. We found that hiking it in this direction provided the most rewarding views (from Tully Mountain) towards the very end of the hike which we enjoyed. We took the shorter route around Tully Lake (basically going along the west / north west side) which ended up with a total distance of 22.35miles, 3400ft of elevation, and took us about 9 hours to do in total (with ~8 hours of moving time). We spotted a black bear in the Royalston State Forest area - as well as what we thought was a racer snake on Tully Mountain. There were a few blowdowns along the way - but overall navigating the trail was easy and there were no issues crossing streams whatsoever.

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bugs
rocky
11 days ago

I went Tue 5/19. It was a gorgeous day. Not too many other hikers at the time I arrived. Parking was easy. There were a couple of trees down. But nothing to complicated to get around. Lots of bugs. Some spots were steep. Gorgeous falls, great views of the lake and beautiful trail overall.

on Jacobs Hill

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful trail that leads to spirit falls trail which is amazing in the spring. Just did this trail again today and thought I would give a heads up that I spotted some black bears not too far from the trailhead. Came very close but it was a non aggressive encounter luckily.

bugs
15 days ago

Great hiking. Thanks to my husband, Mike who had been there before, finding the trail was easy. I like the ridge trail, but going down and up the hill along the cascades was a little tough. I live in Petersham. Happy to have the beautiful cascades within 20 min. I found two kinds of color trillium, white and purple and lady's slippers are coming at the trail. also the lookout Jacob's ladder was a bonus. it looks over the mt Tully and Grace and the long pond, where we used to kayak.

on Spirit Falls Trail

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bugs
15 days ago

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closed
26 days ago

Do not go there closed for corona. Check website for land of trustees

on Spirit Falls Trail

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bugs
27 days ago

Tranquil trail. Started just after 10am and only saw a few people at a distance and could easily move to the side to pass them at a safe distance. Nice and peaceful hike, and the falls were beautiful (the water cascades around a gradual slope, not a directly vertical drop of a waterfall). There were tons of bugs along the trail since parts had stagnant water flooded and not much of a breeze yesterday, but we managed and it was much better while moving.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice hike. Get there early to avoid crowds.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

beautiful trail. little bit of deadfall, nothing ng too severe. falls are amazingly beautiful as well as the overlook. will return

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop. The Royalston Waterfall is very cool and there is a decent overlook of Tully Lake towards the end of the loop. There are a few sections of this loop that are on roads, but still a nice loop.

Absolutely beautiful! breathtaking waterfall views. Be careful with children AT ledges. It would be very easy for one to slide down the hill and fall into the water. I will not rate the trail easy I would rank it medium. Its not good for 80 year olds to hike. I was expecting flat easy trails to walk, but instead they were down Hills up hills lots of rocks; not a flat path!

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

Lots of blow downs which made it hard to find the trail at times. Otherwise, a really nice trail. My favorite sections were Royalston Falls and Tully Lake.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Great trail but markers in some places are faded. Also, parts of this are really steep, up and down.

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

If you can make it to the Falls in rainy season this is a must see waterfall! Went today after it rained this morning and this is one of the most impressive waterfalls I’ve ever seen!

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blowdown
icy
muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Parking is at Jacobs Hill. Trail needs a lot of clean up. Micro spikes definitely needed! Lots of icy hill.

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