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I think this would be great in dry weather. I hiked it today in the rain and would not recommend it as long as the wet leaves are covering the trails and wet rocks. I had to be very careful not to slip. It was also foggy and so the views were not visible. I hope to come back with snowshoes this winter.

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

rock climbing
19 days ago

Okay, so I'm still a beginner hiker...this was hard! I really enjoyed myself, don't get me wrong, but yikes! There's a lot of climbing boulders, up and down. Looks easier for kids and people in great shape...but great exercise!

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.

Super nice hike. Well marked trails. Most people are really dog friendly.

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.

Good hike with some nice fall views. It was more of a moderate difficulty, but there are some steeper spots and locations where you need to be cognizant of your foot placement.

So much fun!

Pretty hike with a nice view from the fire tower. Detour to Roaring Falls is well marked, plus a fun scramble on some impressive rock formations. The detour to the pond is worth it as well.

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

Nice hike, I would say moderate rather than hard. Certainly some step spots, but not steep the entire hike. Some great views at the top, but could use a little trimming along some of the vistas. A little confusing with the trail signs at the top, and I ended up coming down the same way I went up, but next time I'll know.

Beautiful hike and great for kids and families.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful view! One of the best I’ve seen so far but you definitely have to challenge yourself to make it to the top! Following the previous comment - I definitely questioned my life choices during this hike! Bring lots of water and wear some good gripping shoes for the slippery rocks! I did a lot of researching before doing this hike I will say all of these reviews have nailed it on the head!!!

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.

Amazing!

Good cardio workout for sure

Had my 2 year old on my kelty backpack during the hike. It was gorgeous but I wouldn't recommend doing it since the rocks you had to go over were quick large.

hiking
2 months ago

trail was clean and well maintained other than others not cleaning up after their dogs!!! REALLY PEOPLE!!!!
Trail was a moderate hike lots of rough areas to trip on. Took our 2 Irish wolfhound crosses with us and they were very tired after yellow trail with some side drifting views. I will definitely hike there with them again.

Great trail for dogs. Signage at top is a bit confusing, but when it says “trail” on sign it means the lower loop, where you can find most of the vistas. Trail is very well blazed - Americorps was there that day for upkeep which was helpful. Lots of elevation gains and losses for a good workout. Hopefully they clear some trees for better views next year.

backpacking
2 months ago

Fun hike through the chasm. The rest of the trails were adaquete. It was a bummer to pay $10 for parking though since all trails were kind of short. But as far as $10 go, at least it goes to a deserving place. It’s easy to swerve in and out of the yellow and blue trails and other unmarked trails if you choose. It’s all pretty flat except the chasm. I drove an hour and a half, if you live farther maybe choose another, closer trail.

Great hike. Fairly well marked, though some of the trees with marks on them have fallen. The waterfall is not part of the loop, but is easy to find. The trails are well maintained but tend to be buggy and muddy so I reccomend wearing appropriate footwear.

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

This trail was a challenge but I loved it! Took my best friend with me and we had so much fun! I just love climbing rocks and walking in trails!

good hike. red rock vista is ok.. trees are getting tall and in the way, same as the north vista. however, the pico view is outstanding. i recorded a quick video of the view.

https://youtu.be/Qan9n8ibQ1k

i hope more people come here and sign in, i would love to see the trail get more funds and some upgrades.

hiking
2 months ago

The kids and I love this place! Not overly taxing, but a great time.. Kids love sliding on the big flat rocks!

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

Stunning trail. Definitely worth it.

nature trips
3 months ago

Such a neat little spot. Preserved foot prints on the bank of the Connecticut river.

The dinosaur tracks at this site were among the first to be scientifically described in 1836, and are still visible to visitors. Hundreds of tracks, which were made by as many as four distinct types of two-legged dinosaur, are present in the sandstone outcrops. Additional fossils that have been found at the site or nearby include invertebrate burrows, fish, and plants (including charcoalified logs and leaves). The parallel orientation of many of the dinosaur trackways was among the first lines of evidence used to support the novel theory that dinosaurs traveled in packs or groups.

hiking
3 months ago

First of all, it should be said that it rained much of our hike, which we knew was going to happen going into it. It may have been a five star hike otherwise... It’s a beautiful trail with lots of relaxing waterfalls and streams and it smelled like Christmas trees, which was great even in the rain. And, yes, it was a butt-kicker. The other reviewers got that right. But it’s not scary rock face, scrambling kind of hard (which is always what I envision when I see a trail rated as “hard”). It’s just the huffing, puffing kind of hard on the way up and sore knees kind of hard on the way down. I definitely will try it again when it’s nicer out and I can actually see something from the summit.

Amazing 360 view from the top. Could see many mountains we have hiked in New Hampshire and Vermont. There was a picture that listed the mountains on the observation tower. Hike was very doable for a couple experienced hikers. The only challenge is the continued steepness. There were some slippery rocks but nothing that couldn’t be handled. I’d say most people other than beginner hikers could complete the hike. Can’t speak for the other trails that take you up to the top but will definitely be visiting again.

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