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Hiking and Scrambling at Purgatory Chasm

  • 05 Dec 2010
  • Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, MA
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, managed by the MassachusettsDepartment of Conservation and Recreation, is notable for its .25-mile long, 70-foot deep chasm of granite bedrock featuring abrupt precipices and
boulder caves in which ice lingers into the early
summer. We'll hike through the chasm, explore the rocks and caves, including the Devil's Corncrib and Fat Man's Misery, and loop back over the rim. We'll also hike Charlie's Loop and the Little Purgatory Trail if time allows. Wear sturdy boots for hiking and scrambling, bring traction devices (yaktrax, stabilicers, microspikes) if ice is expected, and bring a headlamp if you want to explore
the caves. Bring your own water, food, warm clothes, and other hiking necessities. for details.

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