Mount Watatic, Ashburnham, Mass.

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Summary

The Mount Watatic trailhead is located on the North side of Massachusetts Route 119, about 1/2 mile east of the New Hampshire border. A small sign marks the entrance to a gravel parking lot. Additional parking is available along Route 119. There is no fee to park. This trailhead serves the Midstate Trail and the is also the southern terminus of the Wapack Trail. We will follow both trails to the summit of Mount Watatic

We start our hike passing a metal gate onto a woods road. The Midstate and Wapack trails are marked with these distinctive yellow triangle blazes In a couple hundred yards, you’ll pass a small beaver pond. After one quarter mile, the Midstate and Wapack trail turn right leaving the woods road. After crossing a small creek the trails passes through a split boulder.

The trail climbs steeply through a dense hemlock forest for about three quarters of a mile. An overlook provides nice views of Mount Wachusett and Little Watatic mountain. You will re-enter the hemlock and continue the steep climb. You will arrive at a trail junction in a small clearing. Turn right for the summit.

A granite monument and the base of an old fire power mark the summit of Mount Watatic. I highly recommend walking out the ledge about 400 feet southeast of the summit for more spectacular views. This is great place to stop for lunch or a snack.

Passing back over the summit you’ll return to a trail junction. If you turn left, you will retrace your steps back though the hemlock forest. Instead, we will continue straight ahead (North) on the Midstate and Wapack trails. This part of the trail can be a little tricky, It’s is important to follow the yellow blazes.

Soon you will pass the abandoned ski trails from the Mount Watatic Ski Area. I skied here as a youngster in the mid 1970’s. The ski area closed in the 1980’s. The trail re-enters the woods, where the gravel road makes a sharp right turn. This turn is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention.

After hiking through mixed forest, you will come to a rocky outcrop known as Nutting Hill. Be sure to turn around and look at the Northern slope of Mt Watatic which you just descended. Shortly after leaving Nutting Hill you will arrive at a trail junction. Continuing straight takes you to the New Hampshire state line which is the northern terminus for the Midstate trail. However Today, we are turning left to head South on the State Line Trail.

The State Line Trail is marked with blue blazes and follows the same woods road, we started the hike on. in eight tenths of a mile, you will return to the parking lot.

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Important Safety Information

The information provided is based on observations made on the day I shot the video and my recollections of previous visits to this area. Please be aware; New England weather can change very quickly. Also, trails may be closed or re-routed. The information provided here is made without warranty to completeness and/or accuracy. You and you alone are responsible for your safety whenever you venture outdoors. This includes but is not limited to having proper, clothing, equipment, provisions, physical fitness, experience and sound judgement. Learn more about hiking safely at www.hikesafe.com

 

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