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Nobscot Hill
Sudbury, MA, Framingham, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Monson Trail
Looking up the Monson Trail

Route: Monson Trail, White Ridge Trail, Pierce Trail, (Nobscot Hill), Pierce Trail, White Ridge Trail, Monson Trail

Since I was in the area, I decided to check out Nobscot Hill. Arriving at the scout reservation parking area, it was a bit difficult finding the trailhead - there were signs for 'trails' with arrows pointing both ways. Nonetheless, there is a pavilion of sorts at the back end of the field in front of the main building, where the trails start.

We decided to take a series of quasi-woods roads to the summit. Though slightly muddy down low, things were dry and snow free for the balance of the hike. The trails we followed were fairly level, with the exception of the Pierce Trail, which rose moderately to the summit.

Arriving at the summit, the fire tower was fenced off and closed. I spent a few minutes looking for some sort of viewpoint, but alas my search was fruitless. Apparently there's some sort of view on the Tower Trail, but I must not have gone down far enough.

Not a bad set of hiking trails, however, I'm not sure I'd return to the hill unless the firetower is open.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Nobscot Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Hike Commenced: 5:24 PM
Parking Elevation: 202'
Destination: Nobscot Hill
Ascent Commenced: 5:24 PM
Summit Reached: 5:48 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 210'
Summit Elevation: 602'
Vertical Gain: 397'
Hike Ended: 6:17 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:53
Hike Vertical Gain: 445'

The Monson Trail trailhead
The Monson Trail trailhead

Limited views through the leafless trees near the Nobscot Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
Limited views through the leafless trees near the Nobscot Hill fire tower

Directions to trailhead: From Route 9 in Framingham, take Edgell Road north. The Nobscot Scout Reservation entrance and parking area will be on the left side of the road, near the Framingham-Sudbury boundary. The trails start at a pavillion at the back end of a field that is adjacent to the parking lot.

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