Tully Mtn to Royalston Falls Explorative Hike(Appr 12miles), Rescheduled

  • June 1, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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Please read the details of this posting before attending this hike.

My cell # if you need to reach me is: [masked]

 

I'm re-posting this hike for when I can make it and leaving the old posting up to for anyone who wants to explore this on their own so here's the new time and date for when I'll be there(and hopefully have the chance to explore it before then too.


New news>>>>>I was just told this trail has been re-routed so unless someone knows the old trail this route is no longer in use. I will explore this before we hike so I can suggest a new route to take...Currently from what I know, we could either start at the Tully Lake Campground and head to Royalston Falls from there or combine the two by carpooling from one trail head to another and still do Tully Mountain too.


This is a hike I have not done yet and would like to check out. Anyone up for some exploration with me? I saw the sign saying it was 10 miles to Royalston Falls so I need to check it out. I'd like to spot a car (at least) at Royalston Falls and come back to start the hike at Tully Mountain which is going to be less than 1 1/2 miles for the mountain hike(according to the guide) then connect to the trail heading to Royalston Falls which is 10 miles according to the sign.I have done the Tully Mountain hike many times but had no way to know how far it was.I don't have a GPS.


http://www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/places-to-visit/trailmaps/Tully-Trail-Map.pdf


Please bring a headlamp just in case it's needed.


This hike will be for intermediate hikers at least who can hike at good pace of 2-3 MPH for the entire approximately 12 mile trip.You must be able to physically handle this hike. if anyone has a medical condition that I should be aware of, please let me know ahead of time along with other information on your emergency treatment plan, contact information, etc....

We will plan short breaks as needed only and one longer break to rest at the approximate half way point  so communicating is also essential if you want to stop for any reason...ie: I'm hungry, need to find a tree, hang on...gotta blow my nose or find my headlamp, etc;-).... Alright, hope that made you smile;-).

 

http://www.northquabbinwoods.org/entries/45 Photo: Tully Mountain, photo by David Brothers

Photo: Tully Mountain, photo by David Brothers

Tully Mountain

Mountain Rd., Orange, MA

The focal point of the Tully Trail and of the Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Tully Mountain rises 1,163 feet above sea level and humps dramatically above the relatively flat land around it. Geologically, it is a remnant of ancient mountain building that upthrust the northern Appalachians 400 million years ago. From the northwest it also shows the effect of the glaciers—the northern face ground smooth, the southern face left much more irregular by deposited debris. A loop trail of about 1½ miles leads to outcrops near the summit that afford magnificent views of the surrounding land and waters and of more distant mountains. And Tully Mountain not only offers peace and pleasure to people but also—because of its numerous types of habitats—provides a home for a rich array of plants and animals.

Description:

The focal point of the Tully Trail and of the Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Tully Mountain rises 1,163 feet above sea level and humps dramatically above the relatively flat land around it. Geologically, it is a remnant of ancient mountain building that upthrust the northern Appalachians 400 million years ago. From the northwest it also shows the effect of the glaciers—the northern face ground smooth, the southern face left much more irregular by deposited debris.

A loop trail of about 1½ miles leads to outcrops near the summit that afford magnificent views of the surrounding land and waters and of more distant mountains. And Tully Mountain not only offers peace and pleasure to people but also—because of its numerous types of habitats—provides a home for a rich array of plants and animals.

Directions:

From Rte. 2 take Exit 18 and go west on Rte. 2A into Athol center. Turn right (north) at the traffic light onto Exchange St. Turn left onto Pequoig Ave. just across the bridge and go 3.1 miles to Royalston Rd. Turn right and then take a quick left onto Mountain Rd. (Note: Pequoig Ave. becomes Pinedale Ave. and then Tully Rd.)

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About Royalston Falls 217 acres

Follow a descending trail that leads to a deep, ancient gorge carved by prehistoric glacial meltwater to falls that plunge 45 feet into a basin.

What makes Royalston Falls a special place?
We think it’s the remote location of the waterfalls – well worth the 0.8-mile descent to the edge a half-hidden ravine! Carved over the ages by Falls Brook, the boisterous cascade plunges 45 feet into an icy pool, sending up a misty spray through the thick forest hugging the gorge. A shelter on the trail offers a great resting spot.

As you make your way into the ravine, the dramatic falls remain hidden within an emerald cloak of dense forest and ferns. The flume appears suddenly, as if to offer a sensory reward for your exertions. In winter, freezing spray creates a fantastic landscape of ice.

Please note: The trek is not an easy one – and can be very wet in places, so you should use extreme caution when walking here.

The Forest’s Comeback
From the time of the first wave of European settlers in the 17th century, much of the Massachusetts forest was cut down for agricultural fields and pastures, firewood, and timber. Such wholesale land clearing continued into the 19th century until New England farmers abandoned their fields and headed west in search of richer, less rocky soil.

Today, the resurgent forest continues to slowly erase all remnants of human activity from more than a century ago.

But at this reservation, the forces of nature manifest themselves in ways other than just flora reclaiming its own; Falls Brook not only carved the flume but also fashioned a series of natural bridges through the bedrock just upstream.

A large group shelter, which overlooks Falls Brook, is available for overnight hikers. The shelter is located on the reservation near the intersection where the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail diverges from the Tully Trail.

A Tale of Two Trails
The primary access route to the falls is along a short stretch of the Tully Trail, a 22-mile loop encircling the scenic Tully Valley. But this 0.8-mile pathway down to Falls Brook is also part of the much longer Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. The M-M Trail extends for 117 miles from the border with Connecticut near Springfield to Mount Monadnock in southwest New Hampshire.

Trails
1.5 miles of trails. Moderate hiking, strenuous in places. The trail is rugged and wet in places, so use extreme caution when hiking.

The reservation is a link in the Tully Trail and the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Facilities
Interested in camping near Royalston Falls? Check out the Tully Lake Campground, also in Royalston.

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  • Sherisa

    It was an enjoyable hike, but the pace was a bit slow for me. The shower near the end was great! :)

    June 1, 2013

  • Bob W

    Hi Cheryl, I am going to back out of this one with the heat. I'll stick with the gym today and a some gardening I need to do. Sorry about that!:-[

    June 1, 2013

    • Bob W

      Thanks, Cheryl. This is the first time in a very long time I've gone to the gym and walked out ten minutes into my workout. The heat really got to me today!

      June 1, 2013

    • Terry R.

      The heat got to me on the trail today too. I probably should have waited till cool weather to do this hike... Lesson learned. People should know their abilities and limitations.

      June 1, 2013

  • Terry R.

    Oh! My! GAAAWD! Who is crazy enough to hike 12 miles, climbing over 4 mountains? Sherisa, Cheryl and yours truly! Considering the fact that 2 out of 3 of us were "a little" out of shape, it was a great accomplishment to complete this leg of the Tully Trail. At some point, maybe when it's not 90 degrees, we will finish this hike! Now you other two have been introduced to a "Terry" kind of hike. That torrential downpour a mile or so from the end DID feel good, even if everything you had on or in your backpack got thoroughly soaked!!! Even with a few cramps to work out, I had a great time seeing some new areas, speculating on what went on in the area centuries ago, and sharing some laughs. Just remember... "I have hot balls."

    June 1, 2013

  • Terry R.

    For those of you not here yet... At th intersection of Tully Road and Royalston Road head north onto Royalston Road and then turn left on the dirt road 200 feet ahead. No sign there, but that IA mountain road. Drive to the end of this road, Xhertls Monte Carlo is parked there. We are heading up mountain! YOU must walk straight they the yellow gate and follow that trail about 1 mile to meet us. It's a shortcut for you. When you find a sign marked "Royalston Falls 10 miles and a trail going right, wait there for us! My cell, which will work sporadically, is[masked] 9489. Hope to see more of you!

    June 1, 2013

  • Terry R.

    Cheryl, I had too much rivah watah last night and my head is foggier than normal... We meeting at the mountain, the campgrounds or the dam? And I'm willing to help spot cars, so I can meet a little earlier as well. Hiccup...

    May 31, 2013

    • Terry R.

      Yes ma'am! See you at Royalston Falls.

      May 31, 2013

  • Pam

    I hate to do it but I'm going to have to pass tomorrow, have to work the Farmers Market, maybe try to find the group somewhere mid hike. Pam

    May 31, 2013

  • Robert & Bea E.

    Was wondering how long this hike will take kinda scares me when you talk about bringing head lamps, LOL always wanted to climb Tully since I was a kid, and the Royalston Falls sounds like it could be pretty interesting. My wife and I will be heading to our sons 30th Birthday Party that night so I just need to know the timing. Thanks

    May 25, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    I suspect I'll be a little slow to do this day hike with your crew. Rather than slow you down I'll duck out and tackle it later! Looking forward to hearing how everyone likes the trails.

    May 22, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    I suspect I'll be a little slow to do this day hike with your crew. Rather than slow you down I'll duck out and tackle it later! Looking forward to hearing how everyone likes the trails.

    May 22, 2013

  • KenM

    Sorry folks, I am going to have to bow out of this one due to conflicting plans. Hope everyone has a great hike!

    May 22, 2013

  • Pam

    Regarding the re-routing, isn't that just the section from Tully Lake to Tully Mountain which now goes down the dirt road instead of the trail that crosses private property? I haven't heard of any other sections being closed.

    May 20, 2013

    • Terry R.

      While driving this route a while ago (and not hitting any animals) I saw the markings on Royalston Road as that section was changed from the route on the map. Also saw the markers along Tully Road, on to Butterworth Road. Saw where they crossed Bliss Hill Road. I did NOT check the small section of Warwick Road that this trail touches. Also saw where it returned to Bliss Hill and then turned into the woods to head to Rt 32 and Royalston Falls. I believe the M&M trail connects in the area of Warwick Road. Not sure if there was any change in the trail in that area. I say we go for it! We're all pretty smart and can find our way around a map.

      2 · May 21, 2013

  • Terry R.

    Is the rerouting just along Royalston Road or did another part of this trail get moved? Grrr.... Some people put a great deal of time and effort into establishing this great trail. A month ago I checked the trail from the falls back to the Mountain (by car!) and found every marker where it crossed or joined or left the roads. I'd really like to do this hike and will stage cars with you if you want to check it a piece at a time.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking for a ride from the Boston/Cambridge area...happy to pay for gas!

    March 15, 2013

    • Elaine R.

      I can probably help out, drop me a note

      March 15, 2013

  • KenM

    Cheryl, I have no plans for that as of yet, so I'm in. If that changes, I'll switch my RSVP as soon as I can.

    March 15, 2013

    • KenM

      There's still room on the Temple Mt. hike on Sunday. : )

      March 15, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    June works better for me too :-)

    March 15, 2013

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