Ascent of Wachusett Mountain on 2014-04-01
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 1, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1998 ft / 608 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFinally got myself to make the drive to Princeton, MA to hike this mountain!
I parked at the State Park headquarters on the east side of the mountain and took the Bicentennial Trail to the short and steep Pine Hill Trail, which I took to the developed summit. Both trails were covered in a frozen granular crust with water running underneath it, but the trees on the latter trail were covered in ice, which was melting due to the above-freezing temperatures and leaking/falling onto the ground. Made for an uncomfortable second half of the hike.
The summit was cluttered with communications towers and other buildings, but since the auto road was closed, I found some solitude. It was completely clear, so the views were excellent, especially north to Mount Monadnock and the Wapack Range. I climbed to the base of the fire tower (closed), where there were more good views, although falling ice made me look up frequently. Took in the view and a quick swig of water and then headed back down the way I came.
Due to a time limit and sloppy trail conditions, I took the short, direct route to the top, but when the snow melts, I might do some more exploring here.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||650 ft / 198 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.3 km|
| Route:||Bicentennial Trail, Pine Hill Trail|
| Trailhead:||State park HQ 1348 ft / 410 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Crampons|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Clear|
| Time:||25 Minutes|
| Time:||15 Minutes|
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