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Wachusett Friendly Loop

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 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Using a few different trails (and one road,) hike a nice loop up and down Mt. Wachusett.


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3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

1,990' 607 m

High

1,260' 384 m

Low

832' 254 m

Up

825' 251 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views

Family Friendly Fun rocks, water to splash in, and a nice view of windmills.

Overview

This route has a little bit of a scramble up some rocky sections on the way up to the summit after a really nice viewpoint. The way back down is extremely friendly with gentle grades and gorgeous leafy scenery.

Description

Park on Westminster road by the Harrington Trail. You'll probably see some other cars parked along the road.

Follow the Harrington Trail north all the way to the summit. About 3/4 of the way up there is a little spur to the right that takes you to the best (uncrowded!) viewpoint. You'll only spot the "vista" sign if you happen to sit on a rock and face downhill at the right moment (as I happened to) so keep an eye out for it!

After the vista you'll cross Administration Road. Continue on Harrington Trail; there is some rock scrambling, but plenty to grab onto, though this could be a little treacherous in wet conditions.

At the summit, take a break from the hike to wander around (and count the number of people who say "I think that's Mt. Manadnock in the distance!"). Then cut across the parking lot and find the Mountain House Trail. At the first major junction, split from the Mountain House Trail onto the Jack Frost Trail. There is one somewhat steep section, but footing is well maintained and we had no issues. Be a little wary of loose rocks.

At the next junction, split off onto the High Meadow Trail. This will take you to Echo Lake, where there's a nice wall to sit on and hang out. We saw some amazing dragonflies and salamanders!

Continue on Echo Lake Road around the lake (across a small bridge) until you can pick up the Echo Lake Trail heading south. Shortly, this will leave you out on Westminster Road. Take a right to hike along the road (you'll pass two gated trails) back to the car.

Flora & Fauna

Saw some really nice ferns on the way down, and some great blue dragonflies near a small lake.

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Jess Scolnic

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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Clearing early during the ascent.
Aug 11, 2017 near Princeton, MA
Chilling next to the Koi pond on the summit of Mt. Wachusett.
Mar 9, 2017 near Princeton, MA

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May 19, 2020
Shea Mizuno
1h 57m
Oct 19, 2018
Chris Salinas
4.1mi
Oct 19, 2018
Jessica Shea
4.1mi
Jul 7, 2018
Royal Hale
Apr 13, 2018
Shawn Holland
This is a great place to test-run your new gear if you live in Massachusetts. — 2h 30m
Mar 3, 2018
Paul Edward
4mi
Dec 27, 2017
Andrey O
packed snow, spikes pretty much required 4.2mi
Mar 1, 2017
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