Wachusett Evening Hike Every Wednesday

Continuing till next spring all hikes will be starting at 6:30. As the days get shorter we will be hiking more in darkness and it is unlikely we'll be reaching the summit before 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.

Once we hit freezing temperatures micro-spikes or crampons will be required for participation.

It is important all attendees can be accounted for please do not separate from the group without informing the group leader or suitable proxy. At the end of the hike all members should remain in the parking area until a head count can be done so we can ensure all members have made it down safely.

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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  • Erika

    Enjoyed it despite a bit of rain. Foggy mysterious night. Thank you Russell!

    2 · August 28, 2014

  • Bonnie G.

    Don't know what it was like up on the MT., but in Worcester it poured cats, dogs, and cows! The lightening was fierce. How was it up there?

    August 27, 2014

    • Luther B.

      just rainy as we got to the top...and the lightning was just flashes...wet rocks 'n roots...LOTS of newts and toads/frogs!

      2 · August 27, 2014

    • La

      Good for you guys!!
      Way to go:-)

      3 · August 27, 2014

  • Frank L.

    Hi Russ, Cancelling out tonight with the storm. Catch you all next time!!

    August 27, 2014

  • Luther B.

    It's not going to rain, is it?..:-/

    August 27, 2014

  • Rosemary S.

    According to Weather Underground (see link above) Heavy thunderstorms moving into this area with hail and torrential downpour. I think I'm going to cancel too.

    August 27, 2014

  • Ruth B

    Me too. Radar looks like heavy rain coming

    August 27, 2014

  • Gregory W.

    I hear thunder so I'm sitting this one out :(

    August 27, 2014

  • Marguerite

    I wish Dolce and I could go tonight but as it turns out we won't be able to. We really enjoyed our first hike with you last week! She is bummed we can't go :(. Hopefully, we can join you again soon!

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • La

    Sorry but have to cancel working late and have hour drive to get there.. Hopefully next week thanks

    August 27, 2014

  • Fran G.

    wish I could go this week but I won't be able to.

    August 26, 2014

  • jan r.

    Sorry--have to change my rsvp--family commitment

    August 26, 2014

  • Katherine O.

    Hope to be there but will have to judge based on my jet lag-will try to join you!

    August 25, 2014

  • Russell

    We will be starting at Administration Rd. Route will be Echo lake to High Meadow to Jack Frost to Mountain House.

    August 24, 2014

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