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Easy side of moderate with lots of roots, mud, flat rocks.

Excellent trail, very people and dog friendly. Hike it early as it gets quite busy after 11, especially on weekends. A very moderate hike that can be made in under two hours. Take the few extra minute to go to East side of peak to get a nicer view to the east. Mt. Wachusetts is prominent to the South, but you have to find just the right spot to see Monadnock to the West. Lots of hawks during migrating seasons.

Midstate Trail is a mixture of very easy and not so much. Approximately 1.25 miles from Town Farm Road, beavers have built a dam that makes the trail impassable. Sections of the trail. while not terribly steep, are hard to walk during the fall, because there are lots of rocks strewn around, which you cannot see once the leaves are off the trees. it it's still a nice trail. especially if you wear waterproof hiking boots.

Took the clockwise loop up Midstate to Wapack... less steep. Couldn’t see a view from Nuttings Hill but the views from Watatic were very good. I was the only person on the peak when I arrived, 9:30 on a Wednesday, but the parking lot was filling up as I was leaving. Definitely one of the better views in Ma. Trails can be very confusing without a GPS. A few more signs at the various junctions would be helpful.

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2 months ago

Awesome day! We did the whole trail 21.5 miles for the trail, but clocked 23 for the day. Took 13 hours (11 hrs of moving time). Tough day, but saw sun rise and sun set from the first and last peak.

This will become one of my favorite trails. But I don't recommend that you do this after rains unless you have waterproof footwear, as in many places, the trail becomes a brook. Easy hiking in dry weather.

Did the Wapack trail on Saturday. Nice steep climb and beautiful views!

One of the best easy hikes around. Used to always do an out and back trail up Watatic, but I tried this a few weeks ago and again yesterday, and it was great! My hiking partners liked this loop better both times.

Relatively flat easy trail. Nice sites along the way.

Covered this portion in a recent long day hike/run...
pros...quiet trail...i didnt encounter another person on the trail the whole day, which was around 25 miles..nice shelters(though not evenly spaced out), a lot of really narrow beautiful trails winding thru the thick forest, plenty of water sources(if treatement ia your thing)...trail reasonably marked
cons....a bit redundant at times....and the trail does a lot of sections thru roads,which while nice...waamt really what i was looking for.

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3 months ago

Nice Labor Day hike up Pack Mondadnock on Wapack Trail then down Marion Davis Trail back to parking lot. Refueled then took on section of Wapack across the road. Little did I know I was hiking just above one of the very first downhill ski areas in the USA. There is a monument to Charlie Beebe and his Temple Mtn Ski area up at the top. Cool cairn's and schist seats in camp area along trail to Holt Peak. Tried to come back via alternate Wapack trail which was seriously overgrown, not an option. Will be back to take in the entire Temple Mountain range and Burton Peak (and have a closer look at the ski slopes!). Good stuff!

Good cardio workout for sure

I hiked mid august on a wet year. The trail was so over grown ans closed in it was claustrophobic. More than a few spots you can easily lose it. All in all i may attempy as a winter hike, but the trail was like hiking in mirkwood mid summer.

I'm biased since this has been in my back yard since I was born.

Signs everywhere saying no dogs! Long drive for nothing ...
Trail is flooded in the first approaching lowland .. not passable

Love this trail!! I did about 4 or 5 sunrise hikes here in July and I have nothing but good things to say about the trail and the view at the top!
There is a couple very very rocky sections but the majority is a nice dirt trail

Walked from redemption rock both ways on the trail.. hilly on the north side of 140 the trail is skinny in some places with a heavy canopy (nice for summer) but well marked. Good for dogs that are leased trained and friendly.. not heavy traffic and surprisingly was not very buggy.

Very nice hike and a good cardio workout. The view on the top was breathtaking!

Loved this trail! Beautiful 360 view on a treeless summit upon Mt Watatic. The hike up was steep to the mountain with roots, rocks, and pine straw. The second summit down was the best view. You could see everything, even Boston!

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5 months ago

Super fun hike! Great views and a good workout. We did it with our dogs and we all had an awesome time.

Nice hike, close to Boston. It was surprisingly buggy for June, but nothing a little bug spray couldn't fix.

nice loop hike with decent views. can add additional miles by following trails to NH state line and beyond

So Fun! Easy but a nice challenge too! Great place to hang out and slow down, enjoy the view!

Pretty crowded even around dinner time on Sunday. BUGGY! Views are decent, lots of gorgeous ferns.

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6 months ago

Nice conditioning trail. I like doing the summit trail up, cliff trail down. Be wary of the VERY tall trail marker, it does lead you off trail and you'll have to backtrack to get back on it.

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6 months ago

This was longer than I thought it would be. Alltrails shows it's 9.1 miles, but my Garmin watch showed that I traveled 10.9 miles, and the official park map shows it should be 10.4 miles. For a beginner hiker like me, this was pretty challenging in both length and elevation gain. I didn't encounter too many people on the trail, which was nice. I wish there had been more views though.

Hiked May 26, lovely wildflowers along the trails-- lady slippers, trillium, yellow blue bead lilies, starflowers - nice view from summit, bit muddy in spring

Great short hike that gives you enough of an elevation gain to consider it your exercise for the day. On the weekends it can get very crowded, but during the weekdays you can enjoy the beautiful view virtually alone. I suggest staying to the left when you encounter the first fork in the trail. The trail marker says to go right for the summit, but they both get you to the same place and I prefer the trail to the left.

Short hike with an AMAZING view! Trail markings on the way down were a little confusing.

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