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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  • Gregory W.

    Parking looked full so I'm starting at Gregory rd.

    May 7, 2014

    • Kim

      Greg I'm sorry, I forgot to make sure you could get back to your car, I hope you made it alright.

      May 8, 2014

    • Gregory W.

      No problem, I got a ride.

      May 8, 2014

  • Pauline

    This was alot of fun with a great group of people! I was happy to meet everyone.

    May 8, 2014

  • Pauline

    This was alot of fun with a great group of people! I was happy to meet everyone.

    May 8, 2014

  • Kate R.

    Great night on the mountain, good to see so many people come back and meet some new people too. Thanks Russell. Hope to see you all next week!

    3 · May 8, 2014

  • Susan Bonci D.

    Beautiful hike, just what I needed

    3 · May 8, 2014

  • Dave C

    It was great to meet everyone tonight, and I hope to continue to join y'all on future adventures

    2 · May 7, 2014

  • Pauline

    Not sure what you mean by the state park? Is that where the gate is and the little informational building beyond the ski area?

    May 7, 2014

    • Joe H.

      The lot IS hated by all those who get locked in while they hike.

      May 7, 2014

    • Susan Bonci D.

      once had to call the Princeton cops myself

      May 7, 2014

  • Steve N.

    Ooops, forgot I had a dinner in Chicopee. I'll be there next week. Takes lots of pictures

    May 4, 2014

  • Russell

    We'll be starting at the State Park again, lower lot. Hopefully it won't be raining this time.

    May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I will not be able to attend any of the Wednesday night hikes in May due to business travel and vacation. ; ( I will be there in spirit, and hope to see you all in June.

    1 · April 29, 2014

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