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Wachusett Evening Hike Every Wednesday.

With the days getting shorter and peoples work schedules not allowing earlier start times I'm going to continue with a 6:30pm start time from this point forward. This means hikes will be taking place at night 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. During the winter crampons or traction devices will be needed for snow and ice. Snowshoes should not be needed as most trails are well traveled during even in winter months. 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.


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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  • Kate R.

    P.S. Russell, tell Rex his friend the porcupine came to the gate looking for him but you had already left. Think he looked disappointed he missed a chance to scuffle.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Russell

      I'm not sure if Rex has met that one yet. He sure spends a lot of time looking for him there though.

      December 12, 2013

  • Scott

    Thanks Roger and Kate for helping me get my truck going last night. Thanks Russell, great hike. I have $50. to spend on cleats now, I would have paid $100 for a pair last night.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Kate R.

    Great night, invigorating hike! Good to see everyone. Thank you Russell, I very much enjoyed the longer route this week. See you next week!

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Roger

    Tis the season for "Ice Cleats" !

    3 · December 12, 2013

  • Theresa

    Last minute change :(

    December 11, 2013

  • Linda

    Based on the volume of stuff hitting my desk, I won't be able to make it... would rather surprise by making it than not being able to show. Stay warm!

    December 11, 2013

  • Kate R.

    Looks like it will be a chilly night on the mountain... brrr!! :)

    December 11, 2013

  • Susan Bonci D.

    Not at all sure that I can commit for tonight. I'll be at the lower lot on time if it is possible. Please don't wait. Thanks

    December 11, 2013

  • Russell

    This week's hike will start at the state park. Meet in the lower lot. We'll be taking Donborow to the ski area, going through the ski area and picking up the Midstate to the summit.

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Russell

      The 'State Park' entrance is located exactly as described in the hike hike description following 'State Park' The address is correctly listed at 345 Mountain Rd. I don't know how I can be any more specific on the starting point...

      December 10, 2013

    • Steve N.

      You expected me to read all that?

      2 · December 10, 2013

  • Mike L.

    Hi at what time do you guys finish this hikes? i work 3 shift trying to figure out if i have time to make it for work on time

    December 9, 2013

    • Russell

      Usually between 8:30 and 9:00

      December 9, 2013

  • Savee

    Hi Russell, I'd really like to join one of the evening hikes but I'm definitely not prepared. Is there anything specific that I should bring other than a flashlight/head lamp?

    December 7, 2013

    • Luther B.

      Are you for cereal?!?.:-)

      3 · December 8, 2013

    • Savee

      I'm with Luther! haha and thanks Russell, I'll have some shopping to do I guess (>_<)

      2 · December 8, 2013

  • Gina

    I love the idea of Wednesday hikes!! I won't be able to attend any in December since the month is just super busy with other things, but I will definitely attend in the new year. Thank you for arranging!

    December 5, 2013

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