Ascent of Wachusett Mountain on 2014-08-10
|Others in Party:||Robert M. Young|
|Date:||Sunday, August 10, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1998 ft / 608 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDespite its relatively small stature, Wachusett has a nearly mythic reputation and a seminal place in the history of American Literature.
I had the pleasure of hiking this small central Massachusetts mountain accompanied by Robert M. Young, author of the informative and richly-researched 'Walking to Wachusett.' Young recreated Henry David Thoreau's famous journey from the latter's important 1842 essay "A Walk to Wachusett." HDT's 34-mile peregrination from his hometown in Concord, MA to this lovely summit in Princeton, MA produced one his most important early excursion essays, a text that clearly influenced his first (A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers) and most important (Walden) full-length works.
Robert and I hiked up the Mountain House trail (in a lovely state of repair) and emerged at the summit in little over 1/2 hour. The ideal weather and new observation tower allowed for views of nearby Grand Monadnock and the Wapack Range; Robert also pointed out skyscrapers 40-miles distant in Boston, MA. His expert tutelage specific to both Wachusett and Thoreau's hike made this one of my most memorable days in the mountains.
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| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Hot, Breezy, Clear|
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