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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.
The primary purpose of this hike is to give those members who are in the process of completing the entire Midstate Trail an opportunity to hike this section, after they were unable to attend the initial event. Any remaining slots are open for RSVPs by other members. These makeup hikes are standalone hikes and are not managed like the Midstate Trail program.
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 the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Sutton. The church is located on the Central Turnpike, and you can get directions to it from Google Maps by clicking on the location link near the top of the page. This will be the starting point of the hike. We will hike south from there to a parking lot located on Rt 16 in Douglas. Cars will be waiting there to shuttle hikers back to the starting point at the hike's conclusion.
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.