Wapack Trail (Barrett Mountain Section)

OutAndBack • 1 mi • 0 ft

A sample mountaintop on this 21-mile summit trail that stretches from Ashburnham, Massachusetts, to Greenfield, New Hampshire. The name of this trail comes from the “Wa” of Mount Watatic at the southern terminus in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, and “pack” from North Pack Monadnock at the northern terminus in Greenfield, New Hampshire. When the trail opened in 1923, it was considered the first interstate footpath in the northeast (work on the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail began the same year and was completed in 1937). Spearheaded by Marian Davis, Frank Robbins, and Allen Chamberlain, who later became a president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Wapack Trail soon became a very popular hike in the 1930s and 1940s before disregard set in during the next two decades. But when walking the woods regained widespread interest in the late 1960s and 1970s, the Wapack once again enjoyed favor. In 1980 the Friends of Wapack was organized, and the volunteer group gradually upgraded the trail with land protection and publication of a trail guide and history of this beloved footpath. For the most part the Wapack Trail follows a skyline route, encompassing Watatic, Pratt, New Ipswich, Barrett, Temple, Pack Monadnock, and North Pack Monadnock mountain summits. This short section offers unobstructed high elevation views without requiring too much exertion. The climb to a minor peak preceding Barrett Mountain is graded and relatively easy. The dark green spruce forest lends a definite flavor of northern exposure and deep alpine woods.
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Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: New Ipswich
Length: 1 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
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