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Entered Noanet from the trailhead at the end of Cedar Hill Road. Worked my way up to Noanet Peak then did some bushwacking down and around back to where I started. Trees down everywhere as we had a huge storm yesterday. A nice loop, give it a try.

14 days ago

A decent beginners trail. The first half is a gradual up hill walk, then to the fall. Fall are very relaxing, best seen march - may after rain.. the walk back is very easy and all downhill... 1.9 miles round trip.

15 days ago

Not marked well. Lots of hills and rocks. Not as easy as everyone says.

I was going to praise the trail for its beauty, but when I was almost finished with the loop, the trail came abruptly to an end and I had to turn around and hike the whole way back at the end of the day when it was getting dark and I was out of energy. Plus the second half of the loop is not marked at all. The parts that are marked are not all on this map and I had to constantly refer to this app to figure out where I was. That didn’t help a lot and almost got me lost!

15 days 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

Hiked solo. Perfect day, still ice on trail for last mile needed crampons

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.

I took Bellows Pipe from Gould Rd. tried to hike up Thunderbolt but found it to be to difficult to get footings due to ice. I continued to take Bellows Pipe up to the summit, still very slippery but doable.. Great trip!

A lot of overlap with the snowmobile route so watch out. Even after a few inches of new snow, still dangerously icy underneath.

This hike was stunning, I hiked it a few weeks ago when there was at least 1/2 foot on the trail and gradually got thicker while climbing. Icy and cold, but I embraced it, because a "silent tundra " is waiting at the top for you, that is overwhelmingly beautiful. I Want to hike it again before spring!!

Great hike. Took the Thunderbolt Ski trail up and the bellows down. There are a couple of trees on the trail - nothing you can't scramble over. And don't leave your snowshoes in the car like I did, once you approach the summit, they will come handy. There was fresh powder, so it was a lotta fun. Beautiful weather too.

1 month ago

Great, beautiful, peaceful trail. I just wish there was a better place to park closer to the trail head; its somewhat dangerous to walk around that curvy road, especially if you have a dog with you trying to wander in the road (we had to put ours in a backpack we got to the head) but we also went in winter and there was some snow that made the road even narrower. Either way we will definitely be back, the brook is just too gorgeous to pass up!

Great day hike to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Wonderful views at the top.

1 month ago

Such a fantastic track, great in any weather and awesome for any difficulty, it becomes increasingly more difficult as you reach the falls but not enough to where beginners cannot complete it. went during the winter and during the summer and the trail is trafficked enough to see without any trouble but you kind of have the freedom to explore the woods. Would absolutely recommend, if i had any complaint parking is it, its in a suburb so it can be weird to maneuver well

I hiked this route yesterday morning starting at 7:30 am. The sun rising, and not another soul in the woods. The snow gives the forest a whole new look. I loved the trail!. The minimal snow depth made micro spikes a serious challenge when on a slope, and they made rock contact. I had several close calls. I can't wait for Spring so I can bring my wife!

on Bash Bish Falls Trail

1 month ago

If your in western Massachusetts or eastern N.Y. traveling on 87, this is worth a stop. Short hike down to some dramatic falls . Don’t forget your camera!

Beautiful waterfalls!!! Stunning views from the Ridgeline!!!

Very hard and extremely addicting

Loved this hike,challenging but worth it.

dope as sh^t

3 months ago

Terrific, moderate difficulty hike with some historical landmarks along the way. From the paved lot across from the Shaker Village, this trail passes a lake and then winds along a gorgeous mountain brook featuring the ruins of several 1800s Shaker domiciles and industrial features. The first ascent is fairly easy, but there are a couple downed trees to scramble over. Coming down the rear side of the first peak is steep with some damp & slick patches. I spotted some great wildlife along here, including deer, blue jays, and even an owl. It's not hard to follow the trail as long as you follow the triangular green blazes, which point the directions to follow at trail crossings. There are a few stretches where the blazes are not prominent, and it's easy to wonder if you've gone off trail -- I wouldn't want to do this walk in the wintertime where the trail itself might be obscured. Although there is never a standout view of the surrounding scenery, the Shaker ruins and the accompanying trail-signs are very interesting. My main reason for giving a 3/5 rating is that the trail is only sporadically well-maintained, and that ATV use has created muddy ruts along much of the back half of the walk. If some trees could be cleared and more blazes put up, this would be a definite 4 star hike. Still, it's a great long walk in the woods with wonderful Shaker ruins and plenty of solitude.

I'm not sure why walks like this are called "trails". It's a short, beaten-down path to the falls which are kinda neat. My wife and I had to go upstream and seek some kind of adventure to make anything out of the trip. But if you just want to be in the woods for a bit and see the falls, then it's nice.

Beautiful birding, boardwalk, mill pond has many falls, Charles river loop extension is a must.

Um, not a trail. But very cool, a must-see.

A walk in the park along a stream. Can't get too close to the falls, but nice anyhow. Good for kids.

Started at Dearth Hill Rd parking area and headed west down the Gorge Trail which is very overgrown with no views of the gorge. Continued on Dean Pond Rd to Dean Pond dam (passed a big coyote eating a deer). Plenty of broken trees as this area is in the "tornado alley". Bushwacked up to the top of Dean Mtn then continued around the Pond. Returned to parking area via loop trail. Pretty nice, the best area is around the Dean Pond (you can park down there too and save the extra few miles if you want).

Great view atop the mountain. I️ would consider this a challenging hike, becoming more challenging towards the top. Perfect November day.

DONT DO IT! It’s not really a safe trail right now. My boyfriend and dog and I️ went there Sunday afternoon. First of all the trailhead is all overgrown, yet there was a parking lot and signs with arrows indicating a “path.” As we got about a mile or so in, we saw signs saying Keep Out and no trespassing with imprisonment as the consequence. We went a bit further, and we ran into a Hanover cop who stated the trail is currently off limits due to excavations for old weapons used in Vietnam and WWII. We were advised to back track and when doing so we got lost and ended up leaving the trail and walking the streets of Hanover, which don’t have sidewalks, debating to get an uber to get back to the car.... we walked yet the whole experience took2 hours.

Beautiful fall day in esrly Nov. Trails were well maintained, however trails maps at the mountain I found to be confusing. An excellent hike overall.

Very steep in spots. Definitely a trail for younger legs.

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