Annual Hike 2013 - Watatic Watch Fireworks

  • July 4, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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No need to reply "no" if you can't attend.

Our plan is to hike to the ledges while it is still light to view area fireworks.  Previous years we have had exceptional views. It's short but steep in spots for our hike to the top. It will take approximately 35-45 mins.

Please bring headlamps, flashlights, snacks and drinks.  We will be hiking down in the dark. It will cool down after the sun sets so plan to bring a light jacket or long sleeve shirt.

Towns of Ashburnham and Ashby
Mount Watatic, with an elevation of 1832 feet, has long been a popular destination for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts who wish to experience the scenic views that are afforded in all directions from its summit. The Mid-State Trail and Wapack Trail are both long-distance hiking trails that traverse the Reservation property. The diversity of ecological features, including the bald summit, rocky outcrops, forested slopes, seeps and wet lowlands, abut additional lands managed by the DCR (a 211-acre block of Ashburnham State Forest) and the Department of Fish and Game (the 150-acre Watatic Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and the 263-acre Ashby Wildlife Management Area). The abundant wildlife attracts national hiking, birding and conservation groups to the area. The summit is one of the best places in the northeast to view the annual hawk migration.

Project Summary
A proposed telecommunications facility on the summit of Mount Watatic and a proposed residential subdivision at the base of the mountain prompted the formation of a six-member partnership that resulted in the permanent protection in July, 2002 of approximately 281 acres of public conservation land. The partnership includes the Ashby Land Trust, the Ashburnham Conservation Trust, the Towns of Ashburnham and Ashby, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Department of Fish and Game (DFG).

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  • Steve

    Did you guys notice the police entering as we were leaving? Apparently some folks got lost on the trails. Joe and I were the last of the group to leave, and the police were blasting their sirens to see if the lost folks could hear them. The Forest Ranger was getting there as we were leaving. If anyone hears any news, let us know.

    July 5, 2013

    • Donna M.

      Couldn't miss them as they were blinding me as I tried to leave.

      July 5, 2013

    • Carol L.

      I saw them, too! It was probably Ashburnham police.

      July 5, 2013

  • Carol L.

    Nice to see everyone! Great photos Donna and Steve.

    July 5, 2013

  • Steve

    I'll be back next year

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Russell

    Running well behind I'll catch up on the mountain.

    July 4, 2013

  • Lisa

    Is the waitlist just to keep the group small? Watatic is a public area where those of us "waiting" can visit anyway. :)

    June 23, 2013

    • Carol L.

      Yes, it's to keep the group size small....a safety thing.

      July 4, 2013

  • mary, webster, m.

    anyone have a spare head lamp?

    July 3, 2013

    • Carol L.

      sorry Mary I don' you have a flashlight you can bring?

      July 4, 2013

  • Risse

    Pulled a muscle in my back. Going to try a walk instead of a hike. Have fun!

    July 4, 2013

  • Claudia L.

    Sorry, friends coming from out of town that day.

    July 2, 2013

  • KenM

    I'm changing my RSVP, as I'm hiking Jefferson on the 4th, and will be out of town for a few days. Enjoy!

    June 30, 2013

  • cherylAM1

    I've done watatic a few times. But not on the fourth of July.

    June 26, 2013

  • Scott

    I did this last year for the first time, first night hike was pretty cool.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking Forward to this one... Fireworks! Wow! :)

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Carol L.

      Glad you can join us!

      April 11, 2013

  • karen j.

    have never done this! sounds like fun!

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Carol L.

      It is a fun evening...

      April 11, 2013

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