Ascent of Nutting Hill on 2012-07-02
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, July 2, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1624 ft / 494 m|
Ascent Trip ReportUpon 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|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 786 ft / 240 m Total Trip Loss: 403 ft / 123 m
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