Wapack Trail

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Wapack Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Peterborough, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.2 miles 3106 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

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wild flowers


This part of the Wapack Trail continues through the preserve, connecting thousands of acres of preserved forest habitat. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy, and is an excellent place for walking and observing wildlife. Camping, fires, or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve, and all dogs must be on a leash. For a trail map and more information, visit: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newhampshire/places-preserves/joanne-bass-bross-preserve.xml

2 months ago

Great hike but it's not easy, it took us (1 adult and 1 child) about an hour to get to the top. He wanted frequent breaks but the views are worth it.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Great hike. Relatively quick but steep overall. Great views of all of southern New Hampshire, and the White Mountains further north in New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont on a clear day.

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11 months ago

Once you get past the running water and mud, it's a wonderful hike.

11 months ago

Good but muddy

1 year ago

Awesome better to take trail than road

2 years ago

It was very fun and a good hike. I ran a lot of it and it was a good work. Plus the view at the top especially on the
watch tower is a great reword.

2 years ago

interesting that the map only shows the section from Pack Monadnock to North Pack. The trail goes all the way down to Mt Watatic in MA. it is a very nice trail although only moderate in difficulty. It is a nice alternative in spring to the mud and post-holes further North.

6 years ago

Okay, nobody does this trail "out and back". This is a "thru-hike" trail. Typically you leave a car at one end of the trail and have someone drop you off at the other end. Camping is allowed only by reservation significantly ahead of time at one place on the trail, which means you can either push all 20 miles in one day, make the reservation (which is not near the mid-point of the trail), or camp illegally somewhere along the way.

It's a good trail. There are quite a number of decent views along the way, and at the right time to the year you can practically stuff yourself on blueberries every day. There are steep sections in a few places and it does wear you down, especially if you are camping somewhere.

Overall, crowds are pretty light, with almost all of the crowds being on Watatic or the Pack Monadnocks. The rest of the ridge may be completely empty.