Mount Wachusett

Princeton, Massachusetts 01541

Mount Wachusett

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"Looping around Mount Wachusett, this hike eventually climbs its northeastern face to reach a spectacular view from the peak.

A popular ski area during the winter months, Mount Wachusett also has an impressive network of hiking trails winding up and around the mountain. From the parking lot beside the Mount Wachusett base lodge, walk right, past the base of the Monadnock Chairlift and the snowmaking garage, to find the start of Balance Rock Trail, located to the right of the magic carpet ski lift that serves the learning area."

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100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"The highest mountain in southern New England east of the Connecticut River, Wachusett Mountain,or “Mountain Place,” is the heart of a 3000-acre state reservation surrounded by hundreds of acres of additional public and private conservation land. With more than 17 miles of hiking trails, there are multiple opportunities to explore the mountain, which is covered with extensive areas of old-growth forests. In fact, some trees on Wachusett Mountain’s sweeping slopes are as old as 350 years, having germinated from seeds cast down as the Pilgrims were establishing their roots in Plymouth. A great destination for hikers of all ages, the mountain today provides four seasons of exploration with summit views stretching from Boston’s skyscrapers to the Berkshires." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
974 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
1,026 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,000 feet
Top Elevation
Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Resources, 617-626-1250
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