Wachusett Sunset Hike Every Wednesday

This hike will start before sunset and end in full darkness each week. Start time will be adjusted weekly to allow us 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 unexpected weather conditions. 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 visible from the road. DO NOT park in the visitors center parking lot, they close those gates before we'd complete our hikes. Parking is available in the lower lot, that gate is left open 24/7

Ski area: The ski area is off mountain Rd. Multiple signs lead the way. We'll be meeting in the main lot, parking against the woods on the unpaved section of the lot. The trail head for Balance Rock Trail 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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  • Katherine O.

    I am going to try to scoot out of work a little early so that I can join you all next week or the week after- it looks like a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

    April 17

  • Bill D

    Fun Hike, nice to meet everyone. Thanks for posting pics.

    1 · April 17

  • Joe C.

    Looks like you had a great hike. Hope to meet up with the group again soon.

    April 17

  • Kate R.

    Sorry I missed the group on the way up. Glad I caught you at the top for the trip down. Enjoyed the hike and the company. Thanks everybody, see you next week!

    April 17

  • Steve

    Will be at a comedy club.

    April 15

    • Susan Bonci D.

      Is that a joke?

      April 16

    • Steve

      I don't know, is that a pun? Ha ha. I was at The Funny Bone in Manchester

      April 16

  • Carol D.

    Sorry I missed you guys by a few minutes - stuck in traffic. Hope you have a great hike and see you soon!

    April 16

  • Bill D

    Oops! I see 6:30 pm sorry.

    April 16

  • Bill D

    What time are we meeting? Looks like sunset is 7:28pm

    April 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a great time I hope to be there for real in the next few weeks

    April 16

  • Pam G.

    Can't wait to get back to the Wednesday night hikes!!

    1 · April 15

  • Bill D

    Looking forward to first night hike.

    April 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't attend tomorrow, but looking forward to joining you in the coming weeks. Thanks. Enjoy

    April 15

  • Katherine O.

    wish I could join you this week!

    April 15

  • Roger

    The moon will be full on this hike, lets hope for clear skies.

    1 · April 15

  • Susan Bonci D.

    How's the trail these days? Is ice still prevalent?

    April 14

  • Joe C.

    Can't make it this week.

    April 14

  • Russell

    We will be starting at Administration Rd.

    April 12

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