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Hike: Mt. Wachusett via Midstate Trail (Beginner III)

  • Aug 25, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Hike: Mt Wachusett via Midstate Trail (Beginner III)


Mount Wachusett is located in the towns of Princeton and Westminster in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It is the highest point in Massachusetts east of the Connecticut River. The mountain is named after a Native American term meaning "near the mountain" or "mountain place". The mountain is a popular hiking and skiing destination (see Wachusett Mountain Ski Area). Views from the top of Mount Wachusett include Mount Monadnock to the north, Mount Greylock to the west, southern Vermont to the northwest and Boston to the east. The mountain is traversed by the 92 mi (148 km) Midstate Trail. It is also home to the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation.

About Midstate Trail

The Midstate Trail is a scenic footpath located in Worcester County, 45 miles west of Boston. This 95 mile hiking trail extends from Rhode Island crossing the gentle hills of central Massachusetts and eventually connecting to the Wapack Trail  in New Hampshire. The Midstate Trail is highly accessible,  easy to hike and the best way to enjoy the natural side of the region

Elevation: 2006 Feet

Round trip:  5-6 miles

Elevation gain: Less than 1200 ft

Estimated time: 4-5 hours

Pace: Slow to moderate

The Plan:

Meet at the Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary and get acquainted. Take two cars at drop off point which is Redemption Rock off RT 140. Parking is limited that is why this is the end point. The number of cars depends on the number of people that are going or show up.,-71.86965276410

From the Wildlife Sanctuary, walk a short distance past parking lot to start of the Midstate Trail off Goodnow street. We will follow Chapman trail to Harrington trail to the summit. There is some rock scrambling(if I remember correctly) and steep in areas towards the summit. If some people want to avoid this or not try it they can take the Link Trail and taking Mountain House Trail up to summit. At summit, we will admire the views and have a lunch/snack. After we had our fill of trail snacks we will follow the Old Indian trail down Wachusett and turning onto Balance Rock trial to Ski parking lot. Walk a very short distance to Midstate trail junction. Hike approx. 1 mile to Redemption Rock.

Start as a group, finish as a group.

Getting There:

Carpooling options should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Page. Sharing a ride, it’s always more fun!

Travel time from Boston is about 1.5

Additional Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the AMC Massachusetts Trail Guide, & trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Map #3


2 liter of water or more, day pack, 10 essentials. Any thing that will make yourself comfortable. You are responsible.


Wachusett State Reservation trail map

Midstate Trail


Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on “go – no – go” will be made 24 – 48 hours before the trip...FYI


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…


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  • Manish

    Hike was excellent. Karl gave good knowledge of backpacking, map reading, hike path and all.

    August 26, 2013

  • Manish

    I really had great time.
    Thank you Karl

    August 25, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Had a great time!

    August 25, 2013

  • James C Cross I.

    Hi all, I just joined the group. I am planning a single day N-to-S Presidential Traverse (my first time) on either Sept 4, 5, or 6, to be decided a day or two before based on weather forecast. Is anyone interested to join, or for those who have done it, any advice? THANKS! James

    August 24, 2013

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    AKA "BP" Bog Probe, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host

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