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. 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.

    A fine, cold evening on the mountain. Great hike, enjoyed the company and loved the post-hike cocoa! Thanks Russell. See you next week!

    2 · January 2, 2014

  • Kate R.

    Savee, call me[masked] I can direct you.

    January 1, 2014

  • Savee

    Sorry not going to make it. I have no idea where I am. Sorry ;(

    January 1, 2014

  • Kate R.

    Savee, are you in the numbered main parking lot for the ski area? We are near #6 on the right. There is a yellow shed near the trailhead.

    January 1, 2014

  • Russell

    Going to start at the Ski Area. As the ski area will be busy park where ever you need. We'll meet at the Balance Rock Trail head, Facing the Ski area it is adjacent to the utility shed on the left. Micro-spikes or other traction will be needed. Snow shoes will not be needed. Expect very cold temperatures. We will follow the Midstate path to the summit.

    December 30, 2013

    • Savee

      Ok. Thank you both see you soon ;)

      1 · January 1, 2014

    • Savee

      Pretty sure I'm at the wrong spot ;(

      January 1, 2014

  • Erica A

    I have to see if I can find micro spikes today. (And maybe a balaclava too... Brrr!!!) If I can, I'll be there!

    January 1, 2014

  • Scott

    Need to test my new Micro-Spikes.

    December 31, 2013

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