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).
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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