Rise and shine, sleepy heads! Sunday morning at 2am you get to turn the clocks BACK an hour, enabling you to get an extra hour of sleep. Perfect timing then to get up extra early the day before to watch the sunrise from atop Wachusett Mountain. (Provided the sun isn't totally obscured by clouds that is) Sunrise Saturday morning is approximately 7:22am in Worcester. I'd like to plan on being on the summit about a half hour before that in order to watch the sky begin to lighten just before the sun does rise. (That means be prepared for cool weather at the top as we sit and wait!)
What you'll need to bring:
*Flashlight or headlamp. It'll be dark in them woods!
*Liquid refreshment for the hike/summit. A thermos of hot coffee or cocoa would probably be great at the summit!
*Clothing that keeps you warm. Morning temps are probably going to be at or around freezing with the chance of a breeze on top of the mountain.
*A good sense of humor. Who else would get up in the wee hours of the morning to go for a walk in the dark?
We will park on Westminster Road (where the closed Administration Road begins) and take Echo Lake, High Meadow, Jack Frost, and Mountain House trails to get to the summit. We can return by the same route as well.
Distance: Roughly 4 miles total
Time: 4 hours or so depending on summit time
Elevation gain: About 650 feet