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Mt. Watatic, Nutting Hill
Ashby, MA, Ashburnham, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the access road
Looking down the access road

Route: Access road, Wapack Trail

Headed south to get out of the subpar forecast. Other than an occasional sprinkle, the weather held up with a few glimpses of sunshine and blue sky.

Ascended via the old access road to Mt. Watatic ski area, then followed the gravel/crushed rock access road from the base area to the summit. Mostly dry with reasonable grades and good footing. Summit was surprisingly quiet.

From the summit, I headed north on the Wapack Trail to Nutting Hill, the last peak on the trail before crossing into New Hampshire. Directional views from the ledgy summit area. Other than a few minor wet spots, the trail was in good shape.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Watatic
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Nutting Hill
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,220'
Destination: Mt. Watatic
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,220'
Summit Elevation: 1,832'
Vertical Gain: 652'
Destination: Nutting Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 1,832'
Summit Elevation: 1,625'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 902'


The start of the old ski area access road off Bennett Road
The start of the old ski area access road off Bennett Road

Looking at Wachusett from the southeast ledges of Mt. Watatic - Click to enlarge
Looking at Wachusett from the southeast ledges of Mt. Watatic

The Wapack Trail between the peaks
The Wapack Trail between the peaks

Looking over the shoulder of Mt. Watatic at Wachusett from Nutting Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking over the shoulder of Mt. Watatic at Wachusett from Nutting Hill

Topographic map of Mt. Watatic, Nutting Hill


Directions to trailhead: From Route 109 West near Watatic Pond in Ashby, take a right onto Pillsbury Road, then take a left onto Bennett Road. The gated Watatic ski area access road will eventually be on the left, prior to the height of land. There is limited room to park adjacent to the gate.

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