Ascent of Mount Watatic on 2017-09-28

Climber: Mike Dow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Watatic
    Elevation:1831 ft / 558 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in the parking lot off of MA Rt 119.

Nutting Hill - Northeast Slope
Followed the State Line Trail up to the junction of the Wapack or Mid-State Trail and then took a right. I followed the trail south toward Mt. Watatic for about 1/10 mile before finding a trail going toward the northeast (left off the main trail). I then followed this trail to the stone wall, and then followed it north across what I think was the highpoint. I never did see the blue blaze for the forest boundary shown in the photo.

Nutting Hill
I retraced my steps to the main trail and then followed this a short distance to the summit of Nutting Hill. Not much of a view from here, but Mt. Watatic looks impressive from there.

Mt. Watatic
The Mid-State (or Wapack) Trail is easy to follow from the peak of Nutting Hill, with frequent yellow triangle blazes. There are a fair amount of roots and rocks on the trail, but if you are careful, it isn't too bad. After making the decent on the Mid-State trail. I can say that going to the top via Nutting Hill is definitely an easier ascent.

At the top are amazing views. This was a clear say, so Wachusett was clearly visible, and Holyoke near Springfield as well. There is a nice monument and a cairn for picture backdrops to go with the view.

South Mt. Watatic
A short descent and climb brought me to the South Peak which also has great views. If I'd had more time, I would have stopped there with my legs dangling and enjoyed it, but I had to get down.

I backtracked over the main peak of Watatic and then followed the Mid-State (or Wapack) Trail to the parking lot. There were a couple of times when I had to stop and look for blazes, because it seems in places there isn't a single trail to the top. It was also would have been a lot steeper climb using that route.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:318 ft / 96 m
    Total Elevation Loss:112 ft / 34 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful Day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:318 ft / 96 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 206 ft / 63 m; Extra: 112 ft / 34m
    Loss on way in:112 ft / 34 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Yellow Blazed Mid-State Trail
    Start Trailhead:Nutting Hill  1625 ft / 495 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Nutting

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Nutting Hill-Northeast Slope2017-09-28 a360 ft / 110 m
2Nutting Hill2017-09-28 b37 ft / 11 m
3Mount Watatic2017-09-28 c318 ft / 97 m
Total Trip Gain: 715 ft / 218 m    Total Trip Loss: 132 ft / 40 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike Dow
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