Ascent of Wachusett Mountain on 2015-07-04

Climber: Neil Benson

Others in Party:Josie Benson
Date:Saturday, July 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wachusett Mountain
    Elevation:1998 ft / 608 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the Wachusett Mountain Reservation Visitor Center and took the Bicentennial Trail from the parking lot. This trail linked up shortly with the Pine Hill Trail, which we followed to the summit. The path up the trail was fairly steep (600 ft. elevation gain over about .6 mi), and extremely rocky. We chose this trail to save time because we planned to hike Grand Monadnock later in the day and it was the shortest path up to the summit. At the summit we reached the Worcester, MA county high point and enjoyed panoramic views from the summit observation tower (Even though the overcast weather obscured visibility somewhat).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Total Elevation Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Pine Hill Trail
    Start Trailhead:Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Visitor Cen  1398 ft / 426 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Pine Hill Trail
    End Trailhead:Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Visitor's Cen  1398 ft / 426 m
    Time:12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Wachusett Mountain / Mount Monadnock - July 4th (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wachusett Mountain2015-07-04600 ft / 183 m
2Mount Monadnock2015-07-041865 ft / 568 m
Total Trip Gain: 2465 ft / 751 m    Total Trip Loss: 2465 ft / 751 m

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