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Ascent of Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope on 2011-06-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

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
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1585 ft / 483 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today 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.

NUTTING HILL
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.

MOUNT WATATIC
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".

EAST WATATIC
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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    Route:sb to Nutting Hill
    End Trailhead:watatic TH parking on hwy 119  
Ascent Part of Trip: nut

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope2011-06-09 a375 ft / 114 m
2Nutting Hill2011-06-09 b74 ft / 23 m
3Mount Watatic2011-06-09 c322 ft / 98 m
4East Watatic2011-06-09 d71 ft / 22 m
Total Trip Gain: 842 ft / 257 m    Total Trip Loss: 70 ft / 21 m



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