Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Princeton, MA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Mount Wachusett stands as a unique landmark within the central New England landscape. From the summit, a clear day reveals views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east. The 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation surrounds the summit and offers a wealth of natural and recreational resources. The Reservation's natural resources include forests, alpine meadows, ponds, streams, fields, and even a perched bog. Recreational opportunities abound at the reservation including hiking, nature study, hawk watching, picnicking, and skiing. The Reservation offers 17 miles of hiking and walking trails.
The well marked trails were a good workout. We did a 5 mile loop which of course took in the summit. My favorite time for hiking is in the fall when the foliage is in full color. I enjoy the peace and solitude of the trails and the scenic overlooks. Today, the trails were like Interstate 95 at rush hour. At times you had to wait on the side as lines of hikers past you coming from the opposite direction. The summit was disappointing as it was overcast and very hazy. Good scenic pics were out of the question. The crowds there also detracted from the moment. I think the bottom line is that the best time to hike this Mountain would be any day during the week if you want solitude. I will do this hike again someday (during the week) as there are many more trails I want to explore.
Awesome trails, enjoy the nature.... beautiful view on the top of the summit. ✨
Old Indian trail one of the best
Lots of nice trails and I've literally been on every single one. There can be a lot of foot traffic but it's expected, especially when the mountain road is open.
So thankful this mountain is literally right outside my front door!
Awesome! I love pine hill trail ! I use it to train for others ! It's hard the first time but on the 2nd and 3rd visit it's easier !
If you are looking for a quick hike with moderate workout and decent views, this is a good option to consider. The trails were moderate, sometimes even easy. We parked near the entrance to the state park and took the Old Indian trail to the Summit that took about 20 minutes. The entrance fee is $5. There is a watch tower on the summit. The views were OK. There was decent foot traffic on the trails as it was a weekend with great weather. On our way back, we took the Harrington trail, to Semuhenna trail(easy), to West side and then the Old Indian trail back to the car.
Windy but nice hike!
Nice easy hike ... lots of trails to wander over that all connect, so you can make it long or short, as you wish. A great warm up walk in the woods if you aren't a winter hiker. :)
No wildlife, but nice birds to see and listen to ....
Great, quick hike. You get a good workout and nice views at the top! Lots of different trails to get up and down so make sure you pay attention to which one you need to be on (I may have gone down the wrong side of the mountain and had to hike back up once).
Pretty easy hike - only steep near the top. Dog loved it, too. I started on another trail and took Old Indian Trail most of the way.
always a great hike, being able to see Monadnock and the Boston city skyline on a clear day is always brilliant! and the snowboarding in the winter isn't terrible
Good hike. Took the Midstate Trail to the summit beginning at Thompson Road. Used Dickens and Harrington going up and took the long way down using Old Indian and West Side. Ended up on a dirt road and took that back to Dickens. Did about 7.5 miles. Nice trails but very icy. Better use some sort of shoe cramp on.