Explore Tully Mountain & (part of)Tully Trail System

  • December 22, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Come explore Tully Mountain and a section of the Tully Trail with me. There is an absolutely gorgeous view of Mt Monadnock from the mountain and not a big chore to ascend to the summit with a beautiful payoff at the top!

Bob Curley is going to lead this hike and will be getting back to me with more information on an estimated distance and time frame of the hike. He is the president of a local group known as The North Quabbin Trails Association(NQTA).

Please read update in the comment section: Bob is not leading the hike and we are now meeting at the Tully Lake Recreational Area to do the 4 1/2 mile hike around the lake then carpooling over to the mountain for the 1 1/2 mile hike there.Also rain cancels this hike but we can have a rain date for Sunday, the 23rd at 11am.


http://www.northquabbinwoods.org/entries/168

  • Available Information
  • Brochure
  • Online
  • Paper map
  • Facilities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Group pavillion
  • Picnic Area
  • Restroom
  • Fees
  • No fee
  • Land Owner
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Parking
  • 49 parking spaces
  • Pets
  • Pets OK
  • Recreation Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Motor boating
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • x-country Skiing
  • Rentals
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • At nearby Tully Lake Campground
  • Season
  • All Seasons
  • Signage
  • Trailhead sign
  • Trails marked
  • Wheel Chair Accessibility
  • Accessible restrooms & picnic sites
Photo: Tully Lake Recreation Area

Photo: Tully Lake Recreation Area

Tully Lake Recreation Area

2 Athol-Richmond Rd., Royalston, MA
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Paddle among dozens of islands on this spectacular lake. To the northeast follow the narrow Tully River to Long Pond for excellent wildlife viewing. Cartop boat access also available on Doane Hill Rd.

Description:

Tully Lake Recreation Area protects about four miles of the Tully River, including Long Pond, where the river widens, and the 200-acre Tully Lake, created by a flood-control dam. The wetlands and the forest support a wide variety of flora and fauna, lists of which are available online. The land and the lake offer numerous recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hiking. A one-mile interpretive trail introduces visitors to both natural and cultural history; another trail loops around the lake and connects to scenic vistas and waterfalls. Part of this loop constitutes one leg of the Tully Trail.

 

Directions:

From Rte. 2 take Exit 17 (Rte. 32N) and follow Rte 32 signs closely for about 6 miles to entrance, just past dam, on right.

Image of globeClick for a Map

A reminder that this is hunting season so please protect yourself by wearing bright colors, either hat or vest so you are sure to be recognized as other than hunted prey.

Please bring some kind of traction for this hike ie: microspikes, ice trekkers, yaktrax, etc. There will be some rock scrambling.


http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?query=microspikes

May explore some local waterfalls as a side trip.

Please be there and ready to hike at 10:15 am.We may have to do some roadside parking on the intersected main road if everyone shows for both groups so come 15 minutes early if you can please.

Please do download your own maps as none are available at the kiosk.

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

 

 

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 to Mountain Road from the Tully Lake Recreational Area:

http://goo.gl/maps/Pcdmb


Please note that Mountain Road is a dirt road off the main road. Stay to the left, the right heads to the lake. Proceed to the end up the hill and small parking lot will be on the left side of the street.

My phone for anyone needing direction or running late:[masked] This is only a track phone so cannot see the site once I leave home.



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  • Terry R.

    Personally, I think pictures compliment this groups hiking activities. Not only are they a good representation of the area hiked, but they capture the character of the members, and some humor along the way. Great photos, folks. I'm sorry I missed this one...

    December 23, 2012

  • Gina

    Thank you Mai, Cuong and Ken for taking and posting such wonderul pictures!

    December 23, 2012

  • KenM

    Ill be posting some photos, but probably won't get to until Monday.

    December 23, 2012

    • KenM

      OK, scratch that, I found some time this morning to go through my photos and have just uploaded a bunch.

      1 · December 23, 2012

    • Rochelle

      Excellent photos!

      1 · December 23, 2012

  • Mai

    Are we still parking off Mountain Road?

    December 22, 2012

    • Iris B

      Hi Cheryl. I didn't get your message before I left (obviously), but thanks for thinking of a plan B. I'm really glad I did the whole hike, as it turns out. It was a great day with nice people--and I'm so happy you ended up getting rescued! Thanks for organizing.

      1 · December 22, 2012

    • John C

      I'm glad you stuck around for the second half of the hike also. :-) It was fun getting a chance to chat more.

      1 · December 23, 2012

  • John C

    Hey folks. What a pleasure it was meeting you all and what a great introduction to meet up groups :-) What a fun group of people. Given what I saw yesterday I'll be back for me [... you've now been fore-warned ;-) ha! ha!]. To all my new friends, have a wonderful holiday and I'll be seeing you on the trails.

    2 · December 23, 2012

  • Mai

    Great bunch of folks to hang around with! It was nice meeting you all and hope to see you on another trail!

    1 · December 22, 2012

  • Jim V.

    Hello folks. I woke up this morning feeling ill. Just the perfect time to get sick, before Christmas. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to make it this morning. I know I couldn't have pulled it off feeling like this. I hope that you all have a Great Hike and a fantastic Christmas. Jim

    December 22, 2012

    • Jim V.

      Cheryl, I have cold weather clothing from my hunting days so being cold wouldn't have been an issue at all. :-)

      December 22, 2012

  • KenM

    Excellent day, fun group of people. I didn't really know Tully Mountain existed!

    1 · December 22, 2012

  • Mai

    Hi Cheryl, we maybe about 15 minutes late but we are DEFINITELY will be there...Sorry everyone....

    December 22, 2012

  • Sherisa

    I found a hike for tomorrow and I'm going to a masquerade holiday party in Cambridge tonight so I've decided not to hike today.

    December 22, 2012

  • Rochelle

    Does it look good that we're still on for tomorrow (i.e rain cancels the hike)? I'll be leaving Boston around 7:45am. I'll check my email in the a.m. Sounds like a good hike, the longer the better. :)

    December 21, 2012

  • Mai

    I tried google maps to get directions but the city comes up Athol, Ma. Can you double check the address, please? Thank you :)

    December 20, 2012

    • Terry R.

      Mai, if you used Google Maps, you probably noted that it listed "Athol". This venue is on the Athol/Royalston border. When looking at the map, the red balloon in on the correct road, but you need to travel about a half mile past the little red balloon. Parking area on the right, AFTER the dam.

      2 · December 21, 2012

    • Mai

      Thank you! Will be there tomorrow!

      December 21, 2012

  • KenM

    FYI: The point forecast for Tully Mountain: http://tinyurl.com/cnvfdgl­

    December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Terry is your wife hiking too, if I join I need company in the rear for us small footsteps.

      December 20, 2012

    • Terry R.

      Sorry Debra, Little Debi can't make this hike...

      December 20, 2012

  • KenM

    Thanks, Cheryl. I'm on my phone now and I think that's why I missed it. : )

    December 16, 2012

  • KenM

    What's the most recent change that was made for this hike?

    December 16, 2012

  • Terry R.

    You do realize the world will end on December 21st, don't you??? That gives me an idea... I need to schedule and "End of the World" hike on the 21st! Hmmmm.... Maybe Soapstone!

    December 1, 2012

  • Joanne

    Do you have an estimate on what time this hike will end?

    November 24, 2012

  • Sherisa

    I will be going to a social event in Salem, MA, at 6:00 pm Friday. The hike shouldn't take too long?

    November 24, 2012

  • Iris B

    I have an appt. in Worcester early tomorrow morning. If I finish early enough, I'd like to join the hike. I'd have to find a place in Athol to change clothes. (I don't have a bright vest or hat--will enough others have them so that we'll all be noticeable?) Cheryl, I'll call you if I can't make it. . . . Oh, just saw your last posting. I'm up for waiting. Another day would be easier for me, anyway.

    November 15, 2012

  • Joanne

    Cheryl What time do you estimate finishing this hike?

    November 15, 2012

  • Joanne

    Hi I am interested in this hike. I noticed that Diane and Tom are from Fitchburg and wondered if they would like to car pool. Please let me know. We could possibly meet at K Mart parking lot. Joanne

    November 15, 2012

  • Joshua E.

    Hi Cheryl, is the hike tommorrow (Friday). If so I may be able to make. Would like to know exactly when and where we'd meet up and how long you anticipate the hike to take. Thanks!

    Joshua Epstein

    November 15, 2012

  • Terry R.

    FYI... A couple weeks ago there were a bunch of maps at the canoe/kayak launching kiosk across from the Campground. If you're bee bopping around that area you might wanna give a looksee... Also, Jean(?) and I discussed briefly the 22 mile hike you mentioned on here last summer. We should work on doing that hike next summer.

    November 14, 2012

  • Joshua E.

    I can't make it tommorrow morning. Would be interested in exploring the mountain some other time though.


    Joshua Epstein

    November 14, 2012

  • Kevin

    Sounds nice...I have some plans on Friday...I'd be game if the hike were on Thursday.

    November 14, 2012

    • Kevin

      Cheryl - I would be interested in expolring Tully Mtn with you......I will be there for 10:00. I'll try to get there a little early...

      November 14, 2012

    • Kevin

      Sure thing. I can be there for 9:30.

      1 · November 14, 2012

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