Ascent of Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope on 2011-06-09
|Others in Party:||supported by Rose|
|Date:||Thursday, June 9, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope|
| Elevation:||1585 ft / 483 m|
Ascent Trip ReportToday is the first day of an 11 day trip to Mass/RI/Conn. Our 12 year old Granddaughter, Holly, is in a Hockey Tournament in Marlborough, Mass, so we decided to participate by killing two birds with one stone, support our Granddaughter at the Hockey Tournament and visit a number of Co HPs and C0 Prominence Peaks.
For today's first trip we chose an easy trail hike to 4 different peaks requiring very little effort ...... 3.5 miles, 2 hour RT for the 4 peaks.
There are numerous TR that give good driving directions and trail description for this CoHP, so no need to repeat. I started out from the Mount Watatic TH parking on hwy 119 and did a clockwise loop to the 4 different peaks in the order noted below. The distance from the TH to Nutting Hill is estimated at 1.0 miles and the direct route to Watatic is 1.1 miles.
NUTTING HILL-NORTHEAST SLOPE
A wide grass trail leaves the east side of the yellow blazed ridge trail 40 yards north of Nutting Hill. The trail heads northeasterly to the wooded summit at about 250 yards, the trail drops to a low point at 150 yards, then rises and crosses an old stone wall at 60 yards (if you continue and the trail drops again you've missed the wall).
The highpoint is a 40 yards bushwack to the left, along the stone wall. I chose my spot at a large tree with a blue sign "Commenwealth of Massachusets State Boundary Forest", my GPS read 42.70662, 71.89773.
From the TH it is about 1.2 miles, 35 minute.
The yellow blazed ridge trail goes right over its two open rocky bumps on the way to Mount Watatic, the open summit doesn't offer any views due to the surrounding tall forest.
About 1 mile southbound on the yellow blazed ridge trail from Nutting Hill. The open rocky summit offers an outstanding 360 degree panorama, assuming of course the weather cooperates (not today). Only the foundations remain from the old Fire Tower, the "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker" is to one side of the highpoint, there is a new large granite monument with the inscription "Mount Watatic 1832' plus a long narrative".
A short 150 yards, few minutes hop, southeasterly from Mount Watatic to another outstanding open rocky summit with super views, it has a US Coast and Geodetic Survey Marker.
From here I went back to Mount Watatic and took the direct trail 1.1 miles back to the TH.
"YOU CAN NEVER APPRECIATE THE SHADE OF A TREE UNLESS YOU SWEAT IN THE SUN."
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||375 ft / 114 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||40 ft / 12 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Gain on way in:||375 ft / 114 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 335 ft / 102 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m|
| Loss on way in:||40 ft / 12 m|
| Distance:||3.5 mi / 5.6 km|
| Route:||state trail/bushwack from TH on hwy 119|
| Start Trailhead:||watatic TH parking on hwy 119 1250 ft / 381 m|
| Route:||sb to Nutting Hill|
| End Trailhead:||watatic TH parking on hwy 119 |
|Ascent Part of Trip: nut|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 842 ft / 257 m Total Trip Loss: 70 ft / 21 m
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