Explore the most popular walking trails in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fairly steep and rocky, but pretty short, the views from the summit are great.

Well marked and snow covered trail, beautiful. I was short on time so I did Bicentennial to pine and back down Mountain House to the visitors center. I wore microspikes for a good run downhill

Trail was packed down snow, a little slushy as temps went above freezing

Love the snow

hiking
2 months ago

Very icy currently, however, if you stick just to the side of the main trail (in the snow) you’ll get enough traction to go right up and back down. Beautiful weather and not too crowded.

Summitted via Harrington, returned via Jack Frost and Echo Lake. Pretty much all trails broken out with packed snow on the ground. No snowshoes needed but microspikes highly recommended due to various icy spots. Not a bad trail but I enjoyed Jack Frost & Echo Lake trails much more due to scenery.

Well marked trail with a few spots to stop and relax w/picnic tables. Parking is easy to find and the trail starts right across the street. I will be going back when I have more time to explore.

excellent hike for adults and older kids

Beautiful day with 70 degrees at end of October. Who'd have thought. Parked at visitor's center, took Bicentennial to High Meadow Trl to Jack Frost then Mountain House Trl to summit. Pretty crowded at summit with clear views to Mt Monadnock, Mt Greylock and several other mountains and Boston in distance. On way down, we took Harrington Trl to Link Trl then to Loop Trl and finally Bicentennial which led us back to our car. Steep in a few spots, but not too difficult. I concur with the rating of moderate.

Challenging at least for me but in a good way nice work out good scenery

took bicentennial to high meadow to jack frost then Harrington up to summit. took pine trail down. pretty at the top but didn't like that the summit is accessible by car, kinda ruins it to get to the top and see a bunch of people and cars.

Lots of variety. Occasional steep inclines but overall a beautiful walk!

The parking lot was full and the summit was packed. The view from the summit was just ok, BUT the hike to get there was beautiful. We took the long scenic route which had many wooded areas to stop and explore, and we found salamanders and birds to watch. We just didn't enjoy having to cross roads during the hike. There were a few parts I would call moderate but it was mostly an easy, fun hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Great sights with views of Boston, lakes, windmills and more.

Really nice hike, goes through old growth forest and great vistas of the wind farm

Fun hike with lots of different choices of trails ..

Perfect trail to hike in a few hours' time in and back with terrain of roots, rock, and smooth forest floor to navigate. A few scenic wooden bridges and peaceful forest.

hiking
9 months ago

nice hike. Very buggy - bring/wear bug spray. Started early, so there were few hikers. Most difficult part of the trail is the last bit on bicentennial - lots of rocks. Otherwise a relatively easy trail - not sure why this is rated hard. It does climb steadily in some areas, but never more than 600 feet, and that is at the very beginning.

Really cute small hike! The top is pretty crowded but plenty of space and views! Fun to do with friends!

Summit had nice views. Summited twice because we were well rested after the long flat loop. Windmills were cool but required some bushwhacking.

hiking
9 months ago

Great loop!! Pine trail to start the hike is a heart kick starter, definitely not for everyone. There are other paths you can take to summit and then take the loop around, but still awesome.

Nice little hike close to Boston.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Definitely has some steep sections if you chose to go to the summit, but good mixture of terrain. No flies. Would not call this lightly trafficked if you go on a weekend though. To avoid the crowds, best to get there super early in the morning.

Awesome views and well maintained trail

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike but trails aren't nicely marked

nice trail with great views at the summit and wind mills

11 months ago

Great workout and nice views at the summit!

hiking
11 months ago

Perfect challenging hike...great combination of trails that I wasn't aware of.

Great hike for a beginner with a little taste for adventure. Lots of rocky passes and interesting cut throughs. We took old Indian trail to the summit and then Harrington back down which was rocky and a bit slick in the rain we encountered. Very well maintained and only ran into ten to fifteen fellow hikers.

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