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Wah Wah Wachusett!

  • May 27, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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NOTE: Due to the projected weather, I have CHANGED the date and time of this hike.  I realize some of you may have plans for Monday, but it looks like that will be the one decent day of the weekend.

A loop hike up the lesser-used trails to the top of Wachusett Mountain.

Mount Wachusett is technically a glaciated Monadnock which is a term reserved for a single mountain carved out by glaciers and located in an otherwise flat terrain. A little known fact about the mountain is that it is home to the oldest growth forest east of the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. A few hundred feet below the summit are trees over 350 years old – which means they were saplings just about 30 years after the Mayflower set anchor off Cape Cod.

Distance: about 4 miles
Gain: About 750 feet
Tortoise time:
We will meet at Machais Pool at the end of Westminster Road, take the Stage Coach Trail to the Harrington Trail, then loop around the Semuhenna and West Side Trails before taking the Old Indian Trail to the Summit. After hanging out at the summit and enjoying the view, we'll head down the Mountain House Trail, pick up the Bicentennial Trail which spills into Echo Lake trail and back to our cars.

NOTE: Please be prepared for a walk which may feel strenuous at times! Bring proper clothing (no jeans, decent hiking boots, a jacket and wear layers) and carry at least 2 quarts of water and some snacks! Hike will go on if cloudy or overcast - steady rain or otherwise horrible weather cancels.

TRAIL MAP - CLICK HERE!

SUPPORT THE FELLOWSHIP!  GET A TORTOISE CAP!  CLICK HERE!

DIRECTIONS:
NOTE: These are directions to the main entrance on Mountain Road. We will be meeting a bit further on, at a small parking lot off Westminster Road, where it intersects with Administration Road! Continue down Mountain Road about a mile or so and Westminster Road will be on your right.  If you look at the trail map, you will see where we are meeting!

From the East/Northeast/Southeast

Take I-495 to exit 29, Rt. 2 west.

Take Rt. 2 west to exit 25, Rt. 140 south.

At the top of the exit ramp take a right onto Rt. 140 south.

Drive 2.1 miles on Rt. 140 south and take a right onto Mile Hill Rd.

Drive 0.5 mile on Mile Hill Rd to a split in the road, take left fork onto Mountain Rd.

Drive 1.25 miles on Mountain Rd.

Park entrance is on right.

OR

Take 1-90 (MA PIKE) west to exit 10, I-290 north.

Drive 7.3 miles on I-290 north to exit 19, I-190 north.

Drive 9 miles on I-190 north to exit 5, Rt. 140 north.

Drive 9.3 miles on Rt. 140 north and take a left onto Mile Hill Rd.

Drive 0.5 mile on Mile Hill Rd to a split in the road, bear left at fork onto Mountain Rd.

Drive 1.25 miles on Mountain Rd.

Park entrance is on right.

From the West/Northwest

Take I-91 to Exit 27, Rt. 2 east.

Drive 31 miles on Rt. 2 east to exit 25, Rt. 140 south.

Take Rt. 2 east to exit 25, Rt. 140 south.

At the top of the exit ramp take a left onto Rt. 140 south.

Drive 2.1 miles on Rt. 140 south and take a right onto Mile Hill Rd.

Drive 0.5 mile on Mile Hill Rd to a split in the road bear left at fork onto Mountain Rd.

Drive 1.25 miles on Mountain Rd.

Park entrance is on right.

From the Southwest

Take I-90 (MA PIKE) east to Exit 10, I-290 north.

Drive 7.3 miles on I-290 north to exit 19, I-190 north.

Drive 9 miles on I-190 north to exit 5, Rt. 140 north.

Drive 9.3 miles on Rt. 140 north and take a left onto Mile Hill Rd.

Drive 0.5 mile on Mile Hill Rd to a split in the road, bear left at fork onto Mountain Rd.

Drive 1.25 miles on Mountain Rd.

Park entrance is on right.



Disclaimer!
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following:

this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others;
you assume all risk associated with this activity;
you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity;
you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com;
the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and
you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

 

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  • Philip N.

    Definately a nice day and hike with great company!!!!!!

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather was great. The hike was a good disitance.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will climb on top of Karen Washington's shoulders on the large cairn on Hale and also wave to you!

    2 · May 21, 2013

    • Karen Washington 5.

      And don't listen to any of the rumours Barbara may spread about my hiking. It's the sugar from her birthday cake.

      May 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Karen sprints up and down mountains. Period. Even the sugar from the summit birthday cake didn't help me to keep up with her.

      May 27, 2013

  • Kevin M

    Another terrific hike with the Tortoises!

    May 27, 2013

  • Julie C.

    Fantastic hike with a really nice group of tortoises!

    May 27, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    hurray for Monday hike!

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. Can't make it on Monday. See ya' on another trail someday soon. Jim

    May 26, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    sorry had a change of plans.

    May 26, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    hurray for Monday hike!

    May 25, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    Am I correct that this is the visitors parking area that you are meeting up at?

    May 25, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    I'm bowing out due to distance/probability of rain... have fun everyone! I'll see folks at the charity walk!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I'm out. No one to ride in with from Worcester. Will be watching for other hikes to join. Enjoy!!!

    May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, from where I live I just jump on I-290, so if you give me an address, I'll plug it into my GPS. You can e-mail it to [masked]. Pick up at 1:00?

      May 24, 2013

    • Julie C.

      I'm glad you got a ride, Linda. This is all assuming the hike goes...right now the weather looks terrible.

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still looking to hook up with someone from Worcester to ride with. I do drive, but do not currently have a vehicle. Thanks in advance to any locals who can let me ride up with them.

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    May 21, 2013

  • Philip N.

    Forget my previous note I may still be able to join you yea!
    I'll confirm.
    Phil

    May 21, 2013

  • Karen Washington 5.

    I will climb on top of the large cairn on Hale and wave to you.

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking to ride with someone from Worcester. I was married atop Mount Wachusett in 1989.

    May 19, 2013

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