Hike the Purgatory Chasm Trail

Massachusetts Purgatory Chasm

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Purgatory Chasm is as geologically intriguing as it sounds--a shady quarter mile of rift between tall granite walls attracts hikers and climbers alike.

For this 1-mile hike, you can park at the Purgatory Chasm Visitor Center. From there hit the trail and explore the unusual gap between the tall granite walls, which might be adorned with climbers. Great for all ages and dogs are welcome too. Trail is open March-November.

Photos: Matt and Rachel, Steven Isaacson

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Sturdy shoes
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

115 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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3 months ago

Perfect in the fall

Purgatory Chasm is one of those places that is great anytime, but in the fall, this is one of the best spots to see the foliage and enjoy a day hike.

3 months ago

12 months ago

Super Fun

Great for local climbing!

12 months ago

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