Ascent of Mount Watatic on 2017-09-28
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, September 28, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1831 ft / 558 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked 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.
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.
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|
| 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|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Nutting|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 715 ft / 218 m Total Trip Loss: 132 ft / 40 m
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