Ascent of Mount Watatic on 2014-02-10
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, February 10, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1831 ft / 558 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI wanted to go snowshoeing up a mountain, so after some masterdebation, I chose Mount Watatic, a small peak along the Wapack Trail that I had hiked only once before, in summer 2012.
Thankfully, the trailhead parking area was plowed, so I took advantage of that and pulled right in. I strapped on my snowshoes, put on my backpack, and got going.
The beginning of the trail had snowshoe tracks, so it was well packed. Around 0.1 mile in, I turned right onto the Wapack Trail. The easy lower part was nice, with some streams and a split boulder, but once the climbing began, I dramatically slowed my pace so that I wouldn't burn out. Shortly after the top of the steepest pitch, there was a ledge with a view toward Mount Wachusett and Mount Hunger.
At a "Wapack" sign, there was one final steep pitch, and then I made the easy walk to the bare summit. There were excellent views, and the breeze cooled me down a bit. A quick water and view appreciation break and then I headed north to Nutting Hill.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||600 ft / 182 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||600 ft / 182 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| Route:||Wapack Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||MA 119 1231 ft / 375 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Watatic/Nutting Hill (Winter)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 750 ft / 229 m
This page has been served 282 times since 2005-01-15.