Mount Watatic

Ashby, Massachusetts 1431

Mount Watatic

Mount Watatic Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With an elevation of 1832 feet, Mount Watatic has long been a popular destination for day-trippers and through-hikers who want to experience the spectacular 360-degree views that this little mountain affords.

The Mount Watatic Reservation hosts a diversity of ecological features for you and your pup to explore, including many large outcrops, steep forested slopes, wetlands, and a bald rocky summit. The Midstate Trail and Wapack Trail are two long-distance trails that traverse the reservation property."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Mount Watatic’s domed summit provides extensive views of eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. With the mountain destined to be yet another telecommunications facility in early 2000, members of the Ashby and Ashburnham Land Trusts organized the “Campaign for Watatic” to protect its unique natural and scenic qualities. Thanks to these efforts, outdoor enthusiasts can forever enjoy this scenic mountain named for an Algonquin word meaning “wigwam place.” Watatic makes visitors feel at home throughout the year."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"After making a strenuous ascent to the peak of Mount Watatic, you continue north to scale the lesser peak of Nutting Hill, swing west to the Massachusetts–New Hampshire border, and then ease back to the start. The peak of Mount Watatic is a fabulous place to watch hawks migrate from September through the first weeks of November. More than 7,000 often fly over Mount Watatic in a given season. Hikers are advised to not leave valuables in their cars."
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"A not-too-tough climb to the top of Mount Watatic in Ashburnham will give kids the opportunity to do some safe summit exploring (there is no danger of them toppling off a cliff) while adults take in the four-state panoramic view. Two different return routes give kids and parents a choice between a steep descent and a more gradual one."

Mount Watatic Trip Reports

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I carried our youngest son in my pack and I definitely sweated a bit! Lol! This was a great hike to do with our family. Certain areas are pretty steep. Some areas are tricky with the other two kids so we took our time. We will definitely hike this trail again!
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The trail leads to some very nice views, but parts of the trail are very rough and wet. The climb is fairly short and steep. You'll pass several nice views, and a late day hike with views of the sunset is recommended.

That said, the descent down the Wapack to the State Line Trail is worn and very muddy. Parts of the trail are impassable without going off to the side, and there has been a lot of erosion.

I enjoyed this hike, and would do it again, but any hikers should be ready for the possibility of a slip in the mud or a twisted ankle.
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This was my first hike ever. I just started to hike in my mid forties. It is a short hike but making it to the top on my first hike gave me the the sense of satisfaction I needed. It just made me want to hike bigger and better. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the family.
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Fun hike, short but fun. This would be a GREAT snowshoe trek. Just enough vertical and not too long. Oooh, I can't wait!

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4 hours
Spring through Fall
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