Loop up Mt. Wachusett!

  • July 1, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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A loop hike up the lesser-used trails to the top of Wachusett Mountain. At 2,006 feet, Mount Wachusett in Central Massachusetts is more like a large hill than a mountain but is popular for hiking in the summer and fall, and skiing in the winter.

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: About 4 hours

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 and some lunch, 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.

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DIRECTIONS:
NOTE: We are NOT meeting at the main entrance. 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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  • Monique

    We are lost and now late - where are you?

    July 1

  • Fran G

    Great hike and great people.

    1 · July 1

  • Scott M.

    Great time, Fun Leader, Nice people, sexy lunch pail

    3 · July 1

  • Monique

    Scenic and challenging enough to be fun

    1 · July 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Believe it or not, the pace was too fast for me. Had to drop out as everyone went up the first part of Stagecoach Trail. I ended up doing a beautiful walk all by my selfie! Absolutely love the area and the different trails, paths and roads. The trail markers could use a bit of refreshing though...

    1 · July 1

  • Linda

    Great hike with a group of great people.

    1 · July 1

  • Julie C.

    Wonderful hike on a hot but breezy day! Great company, too!

    1 · July 1

  • Nancy J

    Good choice of trails for the climb and a good pace for my first climb of Mt. Wachusett

    1 · July 1

  • Joanne

    Sorry to have to change my RSVP so late but just not feeling up to it this morning. Was looking forward to this hike and hope to do one another time.

    July 1

  • Michele

    Ok. This is my first time hiking with you. I live quite close to the mountain and have walked it many times on my own or with my dogs. I am a little concerned about my lack of proper gear for this trip, however and wonder if you can advise what to wear? I saw the "no jeans" which is fine...but I am unsure what is ok. Clearly I am a novice! Thanks for any suggestions anyone can offer. I am in my in my late 50's and couldn't care less about fashion statements. Just correct gear!

    June 25

    • A former member
      A former member

      Michele, I'll be showing up in blue jeans for the very same reason! It's a short hike as they go so sweating shouldn't be too much of a problem (I hope). Like you, if this becomes a regular thing, I'll look into investing in more appropriate wear. Meanwhile, I've shopped at L.L. Bean and I find that their clothing is expensive and doesn't hold up very well. There's got to be a better place...maybe someone in this group can recommend a local store?

      June 30

    • Nancy J

      TJ Max and Marshall's has really good name brands for outdoor wear / active wear.

      July 1

  • Monique

    I've signed myself and my children 13 & 11 up but am experiencing bad allergies. As long as the allergies are better I will go :) But if I can't breath in the a.m. I will stay home.

    June 30

  • Liz Y.

    Sorry, thought this said Thursday! I have Thursday off from work, talk about reading what you want to read!

    June 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for asking about the jeans Michele, I had the same question! This will be my first time too, and I'm really looking forward to it.

    Julie, do you by any chance have GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) for the meeting place? My big concern right now is that I might miss you!

    June 30

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you! I'll do my best...

      June 30

    • Fran G

      Michele. I'm with you, the right gear is very expensive but if you find you enjoy hiking I would suggest you check out eBay. I bought REI pants for 25.00 that sell for 60 or 70 $. They were "previously worn" but they were in excellent condition and I saved $40 . Anyway, I would wait to see if you need them, my husband often hikes in jeans.

      June 30

  • Donna S

    This is my first time hiking with this group. Last time I hiked this location was in the 80"s....now I'm old and gray and in the way...ok maybe not gray but old. See you guys on Tuesday morning !

    June 29

  • Stephen B.

    It is a strenuous hike.I just did it in mountain goat time,with another group,2hrs rt.I was in their rear view mirror the whole time,but I made it.To do it in 4hrs ,is more my style! Who knew?

    April 15

  • Stephen B.

    Will be hiking and camping in theWhites

    April 15

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