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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.


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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  • Kate R.

    Airy night on the mountain. Enjoyed the hike. Nice to see everyone. Thanks for convincing me to come out, Russ. See you next week!

    April 24, 2014

  • Susan Bonci D.

    Sorry to miss balance rock hike. Last minute change this afternoon.

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, our plans changed. See u on another hike. Thanks & enjoy!

    April 23, 2014

  • Russell

    I hiked this route yesterday and in order to make sunset it will take a few minutes longer than scheduled. Don't panic if you've already scheduled for 6:45 but I plan to start hiking at 645 sharp so be early on time or left behind.

    April 22, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Russell, looking forward to getting back out there with you guys! Can you confirm that boots only are okay at this point? I don't have spikes...

      April 22, 2014

    • Russell

      Micro spikes are not needed. Any hiking shoe is fine. I'd stay clear of ten is shoes

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Carol D.

    Can't make it this week but will be back next week. Have a great hike!

    April 22, 2014

  • Elinor J.

    Is there still ice?

    April 21, 2014

    • Russell

      Ice is all gone for now, but it is New England...

      April 21, 2014

  • Roger

    Rain ending in the morning, it looks like good weather for the hike, I'm in.

    2 · April 21, 2014

  • Russell

    We will be starting at the ski area. Balance Rock Trailhead.

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be away on business next week, but I'll be back on 4/30. See you then!

    April 18, 2014

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