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Wachusett Sunset Hike Every Wednesday.

With the days getting shorter and peoples work schedules not allowing earlier start times I'm going to continue with a 6pm start time from this point forward. This means hikes will be taking place as the sun sets and into full darkness. We'll no longer be able to be on the summit for sunset.

All hikers are required to bring a light to attend. Hikes will be 2-3 miles. Hikes occur rain or shine. All attendees should wear proper clothing and be prepared for cold weather particularly on the summit. I'd recommend a minimum of 1 liter of water.

Guests are allowed and encouraged. This is a moderate hike. People of all skill levels attend. We stop at each intersection to allow hikers of all speeds to catch up and rest as needed.

Dogs are allowed on this hike. Mine attends each week. The park requires animals be leashed and are picked up after. The enforcement of this is rather lax. I ask you simply be respectful of other hikers, don't leave a mess on the trail and keep your dog under control.

The starting points from this point forward will be announced in the comments each week. It will be one of three places. Ski Area, State Park, or Administration Rd.


Directions:

Administration Rd starting point: Follow Mountain Rd. about a mile past the Visitors Center/Auto Rd. to Westminster Rd. Westminster Rd. will be on your right, just after the Fernside B&B (Yellow building on your left)
Continue down Westminster Rd. about 3/8 mile, Trail head on your right at the bottom of Administration Rd.

State Park: The State park entrance is on Mountain Rd between the ski area and Westminster Rd. The sign is clearly visable from the road.DO NOT park in the visitors center parking lot, they close the gates to it before we;d complete our hikes. Parking is available in the lower lot. When they close the gates for the season we can park around the driveway so long as we don't block the gates.

Ski area: The ski area is off mountain Rd. Multiple signs lead the way. Until ski season starts we'll be meeting in the main lot, parking against the woods on the unpaved section of the lot. The trail head is signed and is the starting point.


Any comments, questions, concerns or complaints can be directed at me. Russell Vigliotti [masked]



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  • Pam G.

    Loved the hike tonight!! Such a beautiful evening to be outdoors!

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Russell

    Tonights hike starts at 6pm at the ski area main parking lot. We will be hiking balance rock trail and up to the summit on old indian down on pine hill and around on downboro.

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Kim

      Thanks Russell! Now 20 mins late due to 495 traffic, but still gonna try. Hope to see you all soon.

      September 18, 2013

    • Sherisa

      I went to the wrong starting area and started my hike at 6 pm.

      September 18, 2013

  • Greg W

    Oops went to the wrong starting area.

    September 18, 2013

  • Melissa

    Not able to make it. Oh why can't it stay lighter longer-6 is just so freaking hard to make! Enjoy everyone!

    September 18, 2013

    • Kim

      I agree! Can we please consider reverting to a 6:30 start time? At this point we'd be descending in the dark either way anyway...

      September 18, 2013

  • Kim

    Argh! Going to be 10 minutes late. Please can you describe the planned route so I can try to catch up? :)

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • LynnMarie

    Hi Russell, can you please confirm the hike tonight (Sept. 18th) starts from the Ski area? I saw your comment from 9/10/13 and wanted to confirm it was applicable for this week too. Thanks ...

    September 18, 2013

  • Josh

    Sorry we had to back out so late; we've both got a cold.

    September 18, 2013

  • John C

    Which trail are you starting out on? ... just want to be sure I know the right trailhead if it turns out I can sign up and join you guys. Should be fun :-)

    September 16, 2013

  • Kate R.

    I won't make it this week but hope you have a great time!
    See you next week.

    September 16, 2013

  • LynnMarie

    This may be an even better hike with the full moon (weather permitting) ...

    September 11, 2013

  • Russell

    Starting point will be at the Ski area.

    September 10, 2013

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