Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

I hiked this trail with my two dogs today. It's one of my favorites on the mountain. Every time I come here, I am amazed at the amount of work and care shown by the DCR staff and volunteers who maintain these trails. Today the trails were a little muddy in spots, but not too bad. You can plainly see where staff has cut little runoff channels to drain those spots. The bugs are out in force right now, so bring repellent for yourselves (and dogs, if you bring them). All in all, this mountain has some of the nicest trails in the state. There are a multitude of options to reach the summit, ranging from moderate for the experienced hiker, to easy for first-timers or those with young children (or old dogs!). Whether you are looking for a good workout, or just want to spend some time with the family, this is the place to go!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome property. Just do it!

hiking
15 days ago

Completed this trail on Friday 5/11/18. Beautiful day and great hike. Definitely not a hard hike though. I would call it a moderate or even a moderate on the easier side. Took me about 2 hours without rest time to complete though I accidentally cut out Old Indian Trail and did Harrington Trail on the way down instead which cut out about 0.6 miles. I would estimate around 2.5-3 hours + rest time for the full loop.

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

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

hiking
3 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
8 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
10 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!

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 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
11 months ago

Great hike but trails aren't nicely marked

nice trail with great views at the summit and wind mills

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great workout and nice views at the summit!

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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

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