Wachusett Mountain - Hiking
With a mild elevation gain, well-kept trails, beautiful views, and fewer crowds than other popular peaks nearby, Mt. Wachusett is great for hiking and trail running.
One of Mt. Wachusett's longer trails, Harrington Trail, is about 2.5 miles from parking to the summit and back. Shorter, steeper trails like Pine Hill Trail or Mountain House Trail are approximately 0.25 and 0.5 miles, respectively.
Destination Distance From Downtown
There are enough trails that reach Mt. Wachusett's summit for hikers to choose a preferred ascent, steep or more gradual. Along each trail, the need to scramble up a rocky face is infrequent and footing remains relatively easy, especially on Mt. Wachusett's connecting trails. The rocks and roots embedded in many sections of its trails can quickly become slick on a humid day, even before actual rainfall. If sure footing is a concern, bring trekking poles for stability.
Time To Complete
The time it takes to complete a hike on Mt. Wachusett is highly dependent on the route you choose. Few trails are longer than 1.0 miles; however, many trail combinations will take under two hours to complete.
A popular ski mountain, Mt. Wachusett is bustling during ski season. For that reason alone, parking will be easier for hikers during the off-season. For those planning to hike, bike, run, or drive up the service road that leads to Mt. Wachusett's summit, know that the road closes from November through late May.
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