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Ascent of Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope on 2011-04-30

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1585 ft / 483 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a 9 mile trail run on the Wapack and Midstate Trails.

I began from the trailhead on Rte. 119 across from Old Pierce Rd. From this spot, the Wapack and Midstate Trails coincide, and after a short distance the Wapack goes off to the right, and the Midstate (with blue blazes) continues straight. I went straight, and I continued toward the right at the next junction and met up with the Wapack trail NW of Nutting Hill. Before heading to Nutting Hill, I ran out and back on the Wapack Trail north into New Hampshire a little bit. I also followed the trail along the stone wall marking the MA/NH border and saw the "BORDEN 1834" and "A & A MASS 1894" stone survey markers. I think Borden was a prominent surveyor in the nineteenth century.

I stopped by the high point as a short side excursion while returning southbound along the Wapack Trail. Following past trip reports, I went left (east) on an unblazed trail immediately before reaching the Nutting Hill summit clearing.

This unblazed trail is wide and you won't miss it if you're looking for it. It drops downhill for a short distance before bottoming out, and then it goes uphill a bit before reaching the old stone wall marking the Worcester/Middlesex county line.

This high point is an arbitrary spot on the hillside. I ran along the stone wall a bit in each direction to cover any likely HP candidates. This is one of those deals where you don't know for sure when you reach your destination. I just made a fair effort and called it good.

After this, I continued on to the Nutting Hill summit (and later Mount Watatic). The views are quite nice from both. If you visit this high point, definitely stop by the Nutting Hill summit, and also Watatic if time allows.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:338 ft / 103 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:338 ft / 103 m
    Route:Wapack & Midstate Trails
    Trailhead:Rte. 119 Trailhead  1247 ft / 380 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Wapack Trail southbound



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