Ascent of Wachusett Mountain on 2014-04-01

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wachusett Mountain
    Elevation:1998 ft / 608 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally 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:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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