Ascent of Nutting Hill on 2012-07-02

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nutting Hill
    Elevation:1624 ft / 494 m

Ascent Trip Report

Upon returning to the summit of Mount Watatic, I thought about what to do next, since I still had all afternoon to do whatever. I decided to hike to Nutting Hill, a smaller peak on the southern Wapack Trail.

I walked down a gravel road and then went onto the Wapack Trail to Nutting Hill. It descended for most of the way to the hill. It passed through somewhat thin woods and by a few stone walls. The descent was relatively gentle, but there was one steeper part. After about twenty minutes, I began the ascent to Nutting Hill's summit, which I reached about five or so minutes later.

Nutting Hill's summit is clear but surrounded by woods, with the only views toward Mount Watatic, where I had just come from. It was marked by a couple cairns. Overall, it was more ho-hum than Mount Watatic, but still worth visiting.

I continued past the summit into some more shady woods and came to a junction. The Wapack/Midstate Trail continued straight, while another trail went left back to MA 119. I decided to make a loop hike out of this and descend the left trail.

The left trail very gently descended to a junction, where a trail called the State Line Trail went down to MA 119 and up to the MA/NH line. I went down to the highway.

For most of its length, the State Line Trail follows an old road, with herd paths along its edges. It had an easy to moderate grade, and was littered with rocks. Eventually, it intersected with the Wapack/Midstate Trail, which was where I started. I passed that and walked on the road/trail past the pond and back to the trailhead parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:128 ft / 39 m
    Total Elevation Loss:364 ft / 110 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:128 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Wapack/Midstate Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mount Watatic  1496 ft / 455 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:364 ft / 110 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:State Line Trail, Wapack/Midstate Trail
    End Trailhead:MA 119  1260 ft / 384 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Watatic/Nutting Hill

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Watatic2012-07-02580 ft / 177 m
2East Watatic2012-07-0278 ft / 24 m
3Nutting Hill2012-07-02128 ft / 39 m
Total Trip Gain: 786 ft / 240 m    Total Trip Loss: 403 ft / 123 m

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