Wachusett Mountain Trail

Princeton, Massachusetts

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While kids might not grasp the full impact of a view stretching 140 miles to Mount Washington, most will delight in the top-of-the-world feeling as they survey the countryside from the Wachusett summit, the highest point in central Massachusetts. This is not a difficult mountain to climb by New England standards, but it is a mountain just the same, and the steady upward nature of this hike makes it a challenge for everyone. Proper footwear is a must. If you hike in early spring, you can stop for a snack on the crest while you watch the skiers arriving by chairlift to begin their “swoosh” down the slopes. A spring or fall hike (on a warm, sunny day) will most likely offer you an opportunity to watch kettles of migrating hawks soaring high over the valley.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

While kids might not grasp the full impact of a view stretching 140 miles to Mount Washington, most will delight in the top-of-the-world feeling as they survey the countryside from the Wachusett summit, the highest point in central Massachusetts.

This is not a difficult mountain to climb by New England standards, but it is a mountain just the same, and the steady upward nature of this hike makes it a challenge for everyone. Proper footwear is a must. If you hike in early spring, you can stop for a snack on the crest while you watch the skiers arriving by chairlift to begin their “swoosh” down the slopes. A spring or fall hike (on a warm, sunny day) will most likely offer you an opportunity to watch kettles of migrating hawks soaring high over the valley.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Princeton
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: May to November
Local Contacts: Wachusett Mountain State Park, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Sterling, Fitchburg
Driving Directions: Directions to Wachusett Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/2009
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A great active outing for a summer afternoon. The trails to the summit are moderately challenging for someone in "average" shape, as we are, but the not overly so and the 360 degrees views from the top are definitely worth the trip. We were lucky to be hiking here when the summit road was closed for construction and no cars were allowed to the summit; very peaceful and quiet. Alas, we forgot to pack the binoculars. Next time ...



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