Loop hike on Mt Watatic

Please see the message section for an update on the weather for this hike. Please plan accordingly. (updated 11/29)

 

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.

We will meet at the main parking area on Route 119 and head out on our approximately 3 mile loop hike of Mt Watatic.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and due to hunting season, wearing something bright would be a good idea. And plan for it being colder and windier at the mostly open summit. This hike should take less than 3 hours total.

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  • Mai

    Thanks Terry for leading the hike...It was nice meeting everyone and hope to see every again soon!

    December 1, 2012

    • Terry R.

      Thank you for all your pictures! You and Ken were busy with your cameras. Even in "not perfect" weather you both captured the event quite well.

      December 2, 2012

  • Alan

    Great Hike, No bugs, I actually like it when the weather is not perfect.

    December 1, 2012

  • Mai

    Nice scenic trail and great meeting everyone. Hope to see you again!

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    nice hike, beautiful morning. thanks Terry.

    December 1, 2012

  • Terry R.

    What a great day to break in some winter gear! Had a very enjoyable time with an assortment of people (and a well behaved dog!) Weather provided some interesting walking, especially on the way down. Steady on the way up, slower on the way down. All in all a good workout and a good chance to try out some winter apparel before the real winter arrives.

    December 1, 2012

  • KenM

    Great short hike on this classic local peak. Nice friendly folks, and Owen the labradoodle!

    December 1, 2012

  • Terry R.

    If anyone can't make it, please change your RSVP to "no". If you can make it, see you at the parking lot on Rt 119.

    December 1, 2012

  • Terry R.

    Please drive carefully! Roads will probably be slippery and full of crazy people going hiking...

    December 1, 2012

  • Terry R.

    I will be wearing a bright orange hat and a brownish coat tomorrow. I will be near the kiosk/gate area @9:45am. If you can come, great! If you can't make it, please change your RSVP's to "no" so we know not to wait for you! Thanks...

    November 30, 2012

  • Joanne

    Hi Terry I am interested in this hike but won't know for sure if I can make it until tomorrow morning. Is it o.k. if I rsvp by 8 tomorrow morning. Thanks

    November 30, 2012

    • Terry R.

      That's fine, Joanne... I can usually check RSVP's on my smart phone right from the hike so I'll be able to know if you are coming or not.

      November 30, 2012

  • KenM

    I'm on the fence about this, with a now 50% chance of rain. I can more easily deal with the snow. : ) I may make a last minute decision in the morning.

    November 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      accuweather hourly forecast for Ashburnham MA doesn't show rain just cloudy with maybe some beautiful white flurries. http://www.accuweathe...­ Yeah Bring on that snow!

      November 30, 2012

    • KenM

      Hm. Now the point forecast is calling for snow and no rain, where it said rain when I posted before. Not an exact science!

      November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is this a relatively easy, moderate, or strenuous hike? what is the terrain like? gradual elevation gain, rocky climbing,...

    November 30, 2012

    • Terry R.

      Debra, this trail is easy to moderate with a gradual elevation gain. We ate hiking up the less steep side of the mountain ans returning via a shorter, but a bit steeper trail. There should be no aggressive rock climbs like are common on Monadnock. Each direction should take roughly an hour with a brief stop at the summit.

      November 30, 2012

  • Ginny-not-OR

    Agreed!!!! Bring it on! Let it snow let it snow let it snow!!! My favorite Minnesota sweatshirt says: "Dress right or die!"
    I have an extra pair of brand-new-in-the-packaging Austrian Komperdell collapsible hiking poles for $35! I'll bring them with me Saturday if anyone wants them. Nice gift!

    1 · November 29, 2012

  • Earl U.

    I'm excite for first snow of the season. Lets hope for a few extra inches of snow!

    1 · November 29, 2012

  • Terry R.

    Weather update!!! I've checked 3 seperate weather forecasts and this is how it averages: Friday Night low temperature will be @22 degrees with a 40% chance of snow showers. Saturday high temperature will be @32 degrees with a 40% chance of snow showers. Accu-weather is calling for 1-2 inches of snow for the period. Wind is predicted to be 2-7mph. You WILL feel this on the summit!
    What this means to us? DRESS ACCORDINGLY PLEASE!!! Dress warm and in layers. Maybe an extra layer in your backpack. Hats pretty much a necessity. Gloves/mittens pretty much a necessity. (make sure they will keep your fingers warm) Scarf or neck protection perhaps. Boots, rather than sneakers. (traction devices probably not necessary).
    We will be outside either getting snow showered on or walking thru it for THREE HOURS! Make sure you are prepared, and capable of doing this hike.
    Those that know me know that I have an uncanny ability to attract bad weather... Why should Saturday be any different?!?!

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to go but would like to see first if anyone's willing to carpool w/ me. I'm in Wootown.

    November 28, 2012

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