Hike of Mt. Watatic

Ashburnham, MA

Sunday October 22nd, 2006

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Mt. Watatic monument Back on October 5, 2002, twelve members of our newly resurrected Outing Club set off on the club's inaugural outing - a hike of Mt. Watatic. Four years later, seven Outing Club members finally made it! The "related trips" link below explains what became of that first Watatic outing; we'll tell you all about the second one.

Group hiking between boulders A former ski area, the 1832 foot Mt. Watatic is now state-owned conservation land and is the second highest peak in Massachusetts east of the Connecticut River. We hiked the Massachusets Midstate Trail to the mountain's summit, passing between two giant boulders along the way.

Tim and Daisy Happy Daisy

As we neared the summit we met Daisy, who posed for a photo op with Tim.

Daisy just loved all the attention we gave her!

Gabe View of Mt. Wachusett Arriving at the summit, Gabe takes in the view of Mt. Wachusett to our south.

Southern New Hampshire peaks Mt. Monadnock

The peaks of southern New Hampshire stood to our north. At right, Mt. Monadnock loomed large to our northwest.

Ponds Below us to the southeast were Ward Pond and Stodge Meadow Pond in Ashburnham.

Greg and view to the east This was our view to the east, with Greg in the foreground. Off in the distance, the City of Boston could be seen through the haze (about 50 miles away).

Relaxing on the summit: Joe and Kate (left) and Tim and Hilary (right).

Joe and Kate Tim and Hilary

Group at summit We all enjoyed being on top.

Group at state line marker After leaving the summit, we hiked along the Wapack Trail across Nutting Hill and to the New Hampshire state line, where Gabe, Hilary, Greg, Kate, Christina, Tim and Joe pause alongside the border marker.
Hauted tree
Just in time for Halloween, we came across a seemingly haunted hollow tree as we continued down the trail. A short distance later, Kate examines the remnants of another hollow but not-so-haunted tree.
Kate and non-haunted tree

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