Ascent of Wachusett Mountain on 2012-09-29

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wachusett Mountain
    Elevation:1998 ft / 608 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was raining in the morning, but that stopped when we got to the mountain. The clouds were extremely low. Probably 1200 feet or so. We started up the Balance Rock trail. Balance rock is about 10 minutes from the trail head and is pretty neat looking. After that we followed the Old Indian trail and then split off to the Semuhenna trail. After about the first or second road crossing we were pretty much in the clouds. The forest was very cool looking in the mist. This part of the woods is a pretty open pine forest with some low ferns and moss. Very surreal looking. The trail leveled off after the second road crossing. This part of the trail was full of little bright orange Salamanders every where. You had to be careful where you stepped for fear of crushing them. We turned onto the Harrington Trail to summit. It go significantly steeper at this point, but it was a fun scramble to the top. Peak was completely shrouded in clouds. No views. There is a nice observation platform, and I'm guessing on a clear day this is just an outstanding place to be. We had lunch out of the wind near the first aid hut at the top of the slopes. Made our way down via the old indian trail until the unpaved balance rock road which we followed across the slopes to the road at the edge of the ski area. Walked across the base of the slopes and back to the car. We were surprised to find we somehow managed a 5 mile hike out of a relatively small mountain. This is a much nicer area than I had expected. The trails were all nice and in great shape, and despite the rain we still had a great day.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy
hiking in a cloud. damp and cool.

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