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Wachusett Mountain: Old Indian, Stage Coach, Bicentennial Trails

MODERATE 197 reviews

Wachusett Mountain: Old Indian, Stage Coach, Bicentennial Trails is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Princeton, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching 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: 1,151 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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nature trips

bird watching

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lake

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This loop is a combination trail of many interconnected trails at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. There are many other trails to connect to to shorten or lengthen your journey. Trails in this loop include: Bicentennial Trail pine Hill Trail Old Indian Trail West Side Trail Semuhenna Trail Windmill Trail Stage Coach Trail Echo Lake Trail Echo Lake Road High Meadow back to Bicentennial Trail

recorded Wachusett Summit Loop

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Did the trail yesterday Nov 2nd. It’s Moderate. Good scramble in parts. It combines a number of trails so have to pay attention to the markings. Nice trail condition. Fair number of people. Weather was supposed to be cold but the sun was out and it was a nice hike. About 4 hours with a couple of back tracking events. The views are nice although the colors are not as vivid.

Nice trails and views. We didn't do the whole thing and picked and chose what trails we wanted. Some trails I'd rate as heavily trafficked as opposed to moderate, but it was the weekend and a beautiful day. We hiked with a dog and most other dogs we encountered (there were many) were respectful and leashed. Two were not leashed.

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1 month ago

The windmill segments almost nicer than the summit. Nice loop with some bland spots

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10/19/19 - did the full loop. As others have mentioned, it is really closer to 6 miles as opposed to 4.9m. the only trail that is marked really well is bicentennial. we would have gotten very lost/off track it if weren't for alltrails and tracking via GPS, there are splits in the trails that are hard to follow or poorly signed/marked. it was a very pretty fall hike, but no true peak vantage point to see all the foliage with a view. some of the trail is muddy/slippery/rocky, so be careful. Overall really enjoyable, we went with a dog. Worth doing

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We got a trail map from the ranger at the visitors center. Mostly this was a great hike but I had 2 issues. 1). Both my husband’s Fitbit and my Iwatch clocked this hike at 6 miles not 4.9. The last piece of the hike along Bicentennial Trail is like a rock avalanche. There are many areas where gaining good foot placement was challenging and scrambling was needed. We are experienced hikers and found this section especially at the end of the hike a real bummer.

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2 months ago

Good quick hike

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2 months ago

This is a great place to get outdoors and indulge in some exercise. Not an overly daunting hike but enough to break a sweat and get the heart pumping a little. You can see Mt. Monadnock from the top on a very clear day as well as Boston in the distance. Take your time and have some fun. Old Indian trail is very often traveled as well as the pine trail. Pine trail is pretty steep so be prepared to sweat. Old Indian is more moderate and less aggressive.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

If you park at the location set you will need to pay for parking. I parked a parking lot south. I suggest a trail map or one from the ranger. Got lost a few times but really enjoyed the hike. Will try to go again.

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3 months ago

Great trail. Simple and gentle. Perfect on a nice day like today. A bit of scramble on rocks on Bicentennial just past the Pine Hill trail. But piece of cake after that all the way!

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3 months ago

Great hike, we clocked it at 5.4 miles. There were some buggy trails but overall an excellent hike.

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3 months ago

Great hike! We got there early(ish) at about 7:00am. The hiking here was was lovely! Still a bit of mist. Recently moved to within 30 minutes of this location and it was our first Wachusett foray. Great mix of terrain and would agree with the Moderate rating. Very clean, no trash, trails were in great shape throughout the hike. Great views from the summit. The rocky incline sections definitely got your heart thumping! Met a number of people with dogs by the time we got back to the car. All very nice, dogs were very well behaved. We did some very minor detouring at a couple of points. finished things up at a total of 6.1 miles in about 3 hours. Highly recommend this!

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4 months ago

great views from top, varied terrain on trails.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Parked at the Visitors Center and hiked Pine Hill to the Summit. Great hike, lots of rocks to get the heart rate up. Recommend hiking shoes because some areas get slippery and you’ll need extra traction. On the way down took Harrington to Jack Frost to High Meadow to see Echo Lake. Back tracked to Bicentennial to return to the parking lot. Whole trip took about three hours and clocked in at 6.1 miles. Would definitely do it again. Beautiful views at the Summit!

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5 months ago

Great hike! Went the long way around. Bicentennial was rough and awesome. Good setup to the climb to the top. Hell of a workout.

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5 months ago

The only tough part was going up Mount Wachusett. The rest of the hike was moderate. Even the climb up wasn’t bad. Very crowded trails. Pretty hike.

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