Ascent of Mount Watatic on 2012-07-02

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Watatic
    Elevation:1831 ft / 558 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Watatic has been on my to-hike list for quite some time, and today (7/2/2012), I decided to hike it.

I arrived at the parking lot for Watatic, which is located off of MA 119, shortly before noon. I got my gear together (backpack with provisions and a camera), checked out the trailhead kiosks, and then set off on the Wapack Trail, which is cosigned with the Midstate Trail to the NH line.

The trail started out on a woods road, passing by a small pond in the early going. At about 0.1 to 0.2 miles, there was a junction. The trail to Watatic went right; therefore I went right.

After the junction, the trail had an easy to moderate grade for a little while, while passing through dark, shady woods. Soon after, though, it got steeper and a little more constant, and I found myself taking a few rest stops here and there.

After traversing the long and steep section, the trail's grade lessened. The woods thinned out a little, and some light shone down through it. There were stone walls all over the upper slopes of the mountain, and I'm pretty sure I crossed one. The trail soon made a left turn in front of a semi-obstructed viewpoint, which revealed a decent view of a few peaks in the area (my Massachusetts peak identification skills are very rusty).

There was one more major steep part, but it was short, and I eventually reached another junction. I continued straight uphill.

After passing by some unofficial trails and grassy areas, I reached the summit of Mount Watatic.

Watatic's summit is marked by a large cairn, an old fire tower base, and a stone marker a little downhill. The views were somewhat obstructed, but good. I rested for a few minutes before checking out the east peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:580 ft / 177 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:580 ft / 177 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Wapack/Midstate Trails
    Trailhead:MA 119  1251 ft / 381 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Watatic/Nutting Hill

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Watatic2012-07-02
2East Watatic2012-07-02
3Nutting Hill2012-07-02

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