Wachusett Summit Loop

HARD 94 reviews

Wachusett Summit Loop is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Princeton, Massachusetts that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1151 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
13 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun. The trail is very well marked but a bit confusing since there’s so many trail intersections so you’ll definitely need to use a map. It’s very rocky throughout most of the trail so sturdy shoes are a must. Bugs weren’t too bad which was nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome property. Just do it!

hiking
1 month 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.

6 months ago

excellent hike for adults and older kids

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

Fun hike with lots of different choices of trails ..

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 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
11 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.

11 months ago

Nice little hike close to Boston.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great hike but trails aren't nicely marked

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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

Friday, March 03, 2017

Been coming here since I was just a wee baby, being carried up by my Dad.

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