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Purgatory Chasm Trail

Sutton, MA

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Purgatory Chasm Trail is a 1 mile out and back trail located near Sutton, Massachusetts and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking & hiking and is accessible from May until November.

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Maudslay State Park
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48 Completed 6 Reviews

Had a lovely time walking the numerous trails. The Trail markings are next to none except at a few intersections. The Trail maps are great but many side trails didn't appear to be listed.
Nice quiet area to visit. It will be even nicer snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.

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Mount Toby Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

No view if you don't climb the fire tower at the top. And a little hint...when you get to the loop, go left for the gradual climb...otherwise it's straight up, and pretty tough...learned the hard way.

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The Fields of Newton, Boston
by Stephanie Potter

33 Completed 23 Reviews

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Walden Pond State Reservation
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

Walden Pond can turn out to be either a great experience or a complete bust. It gets SUPER crowded in the summer. Like, you have to get here before 9am or you'll be turned away - and that means no walk-ins, no bike-ins, nada. Parking is $5, like already mentioned, but the Mass ParkPass works - that's the one that costs $35 and lets you get into any state park for free. The trail is VERY well traveled and gets muddy in spring/fall from all the activity. By the way, NO JOGGING ALLOWED! The pond is a hotspot for triathlon activity, so you'll see a lot of swimmers. Lots of fishing (and it's pretty great!) and kayaking. So, if you are looking for tranquility, find it elsewhere, OR: get off the beaten path. There is Goose Pond Trail leaving right from behind the main parking lot. On the other side of the pond, cross the railroad tracks and you'll find yourself in Adams Land/Wright Woods - plenty of awesome trails here, you can trot down to Fairhaven Bay on the Concord River and take in the nature in pretty much complete solitude, save for a kayaker or two.

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Minuteman Bikeway
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

As one of the most heavily-used trails in the country, it gets pretty crowded. You get a diverse mix of commuters, road bikers, rollerbladers, pedestrians, joggers, one or two random guys on an elliptical-bike, and lots of parents with strollers (one of the segments on Strava is named "Stroller Slalom" - HAH!). It usually gets better after you pass Trader Joes in Arlingon. My favorite parts are by the Meadows in Arlington/Lexington and past Lexington, when the trail gets a little 'wilder'. Several sections of the trail have been recently repaved and the lane markings on the whole trail repainted. Bonus points: you can bike all the way to Davis Square. Or, if you have the right bike, you can continue on the unpaved Reformatory Branch Trail in Bedford. You can hop off your bike and do some hiking in the Great Meadow in Arlington or the Parker Meadow Conservation Area in Lexington. In Bedford there's Hartwell Town Forest with some trails. Check OpenStreetMap for more info. Oh, an the trail gets plowed in the winter - how great is that!

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Cutler Park Reservation
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a pretty great trail to do when you're out of ideas and don't want to drive far; in the winter (just the pond section), or when the weather is super-nice and flowers are blooming/leaves are turning. You can do a short "Healthy Heart" loop around the pond, or you can do a much longer loop around the river. The west bank is a much nicer trail and features a scenic swamp crossing. Many mountain bikers use this trail, so beware!

If you want to do a 6-mile loop, there is an unofficial shortcut across the river using the commuter rail bridge. If you stay on the Blue Heron trail and reach the tunnel under the tracks, take a left and follow the tracks and powerlines for a bit, there will be more swampland to your right. Eventually, you'll reach the river and you'll have to cross the tracks and go downhill through a giant hole in a wire fence (which is probably frowned upon) - that puts you into Newton's Millennium Park. From here you can continue the trail, but it's nothing great - eventually it dumps you into some office parking lots and it's hard to pick it up at times, as the blue heron marks on the pavement have faded with time.

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Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Holyoke Area
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

This review is for the Skinner Park section.

My wife's & mine favorite strenuous go-to trail in the Amherst area. I have to take away 1 star because there is so much up & down as well as some rock scrambling. A great way to spend the day - hike one way to Mt. Holyoke, have a picnic, then hike back to the Holyoke Range lot. The trail is about 4.7 miles across the ridgeline, my last RT traverse took 4 hours 20 minutes, so plan for that if you're doing a RT. It's possible to park a second car at the base of Mt. Holyoke and do a one-way trip.

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Robert Frost Trail (Mt. Holyoke Range State Park)
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

This is usually my return journey from the Horse Caves - I take the much steeper M&M trail (white) up to Mt. Norwottuck and then continue on through the Caves for an easy return journey. Some may find it boring, but I think the RFT in general is awesome.

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Buffam Falls
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26 Completed 11 Reviews

This is a fantastic hike during hot summer days. It is cool in the forest, and at the confluence of the brooks is a great, cold, swimming hole (at your own risk!)

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Mohawk Trail Scenic Drive
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26 Completed 11 Reviews

Just like the Mohawks of hundreds of years ago, this is a great passage from Boston to the New York border. Meandering along the Deerfield River is bucolic. A wonderful stop is in North Adams at Mass MoCA. And then stop in for a nosh in Williamstown and stop by the Clark Museum of Art.

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