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Midstate Trail - Section 16

Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you, and any guest agree to the terms of the waiver.

Event Rating: Level 2  (Moderate)

Recommended for members who have completed one or more Level 2 hikes

Distance: ~6.5 miles

Time Duration: ~3.5 hours (including car spotting)

Blaze Orange: required

The Midstate Trail runs 92 miles through Worcester County, Massachusetts. The      southern end of the trail is on the Rhode Island border in Douglas, MA. The              northern end of the trail is on the New Hampshire border in Ashburnham, MA.

This hike is one of a series of 17 along the Midstate Trail. All attendees expressed an interest in this series when the first section was posted. They are signed up when additional sections are posted. These hikes are no longer open to additional YES RSVPs by the usual process.


We will be following the hike plan  in the "Midstate Trail Guidebook", which is produced by the Midstate Trail Association. The guide breaks the trail down into 17 sections. We will be hiking Section 16, in the towns of Sutton and Douglas, MA. In the following weeks we will hike north on the trail, with the goal of completing roughly half the sections before taking a break from the trail during the coldest part of winter. We will resume hiking in the spring.

The trail is mostly flat woodland trails and forest roads, which are relatively easy hiking. Some of the trail is on paved roads, and there are some short, steep sections and stream crossings. It passes through swamps, suburbs, woods, and mountains. Along the northern part of the trail, it crosses the summits of Mt. Wachusett and Mt. Watatic.


As mentioned above, wearing blaze orange for this series of hikes is a requirement. We will be hiking on Sundays, and Massachusetts does not allow hunting on Sundays. Still wearing blaze orange is important for the safety of the group, since we will be walking on land where hunting is allowed and on roads. As always bring water, snacks, and bug spray. Wear footwear and clothing appropriate for hiking. All hikes are point to point, so car spotting will be involved. By attending these hikes, you agree to participate in that.


We will meet in a Douglas State Forest parking lot on Rt 16 in Douglas, MA. From Rte.146 and East Douglas, take Rte. 16 West. Parking lot is 0.9 miles past Cedar St directly off Rt 16. Cedar St. has a flashing yellow light. The parking lot will be on your left. This will be the endpoint of the hike. We will carpool from there to parking located on the Central Turnpike in Sutton to begin the hike.

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; 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.

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  • John H

    We had a great fall day to hike a scenic section of the Midstate Trail. As always, a good, fun group of people to enjoy it with. I'm not ashamed to admit preferring to hike in the sunshine compared to last week's rain. ;-)

    October 13, 2013

  • Katelin R.

    Had a really good time on my very first hike!!! Thank you all:)

    October 13, 2013

  • Christine H. D.


    October 13, 2013

  • Christine S.

    Nice. Right amount of distance. Wonderful comradery

    October 13, 2013

  • Leanne A

    Thanks John and Sherri. Looking forwqard to the next time.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Tim

    See you soon, might be 5min late :/

    October 13, 2013

    • Tim

      Sorry, wasn't feeling well last night and the first part of my ride was fraught with difficulties. Just re-checked and I would be much later than I thought. Don't want to keep everyone waiting so go ahead without me and I'll sit this segment out. Was looking forward to trying out my new proper hiking backpack too :(

      October 13, 2013

  • Elaine La T.

    Could you please put me on the waitlist? I've done many 7 to 8 mile hikes and I'm sure that I can handle the Midstate Trail.

    October 11, 2013

    • John H

      There is no waitlist for the Midstate Trail series of hikes. The series attendance list is full, and when people on that list cannot attend a particular hike their slot will not be filled by another person.

      October 12, 2013

  • Christine H. D.

    Thanks Ed will def spray to guard myself from them little buggers:) see you Sunday

    October 11, 2013

  • Ed S.

    Hey everyone, just a warning. I've had two deer ticks on me this week. Both of them came from my back yard which is hardly the wilderness. I know everyone has their opinions on permethrine but if you're ok with it I'd spray my boots (shoes) tonight. Just a warning because Lyme disease is not fun. I'm looking forward to hike number 2 in our quest to complete the Mid-State Trail. See you Sunday!

    October 11, 2013

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