Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write Up and Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you agree to the terms of the waiver.
Event Rating: Strenuous
Distance: 4.5 Miles
Time Duration: ~ 3 Hours
Blaze Orange: not required
To attend this hike, you must have previously attended a few of this group's more challenging hikes. You must also have the hiking ability and physical conditioning to keep pace with the group, and complete the hike without any difficulty.
Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Mount Wachusett is unique in central New England. From the summit, a clear day reveals views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east. The 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation surrounds the summit and offers a wealth of natural and recreational resources. The Reservation offers 17 miles of hiking and walking trails, including 3.9 miles of the Midstate Trail, which runs from Ashburnham to the Rhode Island border.
We will be doing a loop hike, on a number of different trails that will bring us to the summit. and back. With the rough and rocky terrain a pair of good boots is a must. This hike has more elevation gain than any of our RI hikes, with the resulting outstanding views mentioned above.
As always bring sufficient water and snacks along for the hike. Bugspray and sunscreen are two other items that you should bring along.
Directions from RI
Take Rt 146 north from RI to Worcester
Take I-290 east to exit 19, I-190 north.
Drive 9 miles on I-190 north to exit 5, Rt. 140 north.
Drive 9.3 miles on Rt. 140 north and take a left onto Mile Hill Rd.
Drive 0.5 mile on Mile Hill Rd to a split in the road, bear left at fork onto Mountain Rd.
Continue on Mountain Rd, then take a sharp right onto Westminster Rd
Trailhead parking is on Westminster Rd, where the road takes a sharp left turn
Liability Waiver :
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.