Friday, November 27, 2015

Mt. Watatic - Black Friday Hike #OptOutside


Mt. Watatic (1,832feet)
Nutting Hill (1,585ft)
Trails: Wapack and State Line
Miles: 3.4 roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Guidebook: Guide to the Wapack Trail sold at www.wapack.org

I woke this morning feeling like I was coming down with my husband’s cold, but didn’t want to cancel this hike. This was a hike that Steff (Nature Girls organizer) and I put together a couple of weeks ago specifically for Black Friday. It was meant to be easy and short, so despite feeling crappy, I went on it.  Glad I didn’t cancel, the weather was perfect (except for a bit of wind on the Watatic summit) and the other Nature Girls were fun! I enjoyed this hike…there’s no rushing to the top. Just a stroll along the trail, enjoying the sights and getting to know the other Nature Girls members….super mellow! Who needs to shop in a crowded store full of rude peeps pushing and shoving one another – or standing in long lines to pay for slightly discounted items. No thanks, I’ll get out to enjoy nature instead!


Mt. Watatic is one of the most popular hikes in Massachusetts and stands as the southernmost summit on the 22 mile Wapack Trail. Enjoy some photos I took of our Nature Girls meetup group chillin’ on our Black Friday hike!

A week before our hike I was looking around REI for a bit.
Found their #OptOutside board and added our heart of info!

We did the 3.4 mile loop up to the
state line and back - yes, super mellow!

Trailhead

Past a small pond

At the State Line and Wapack trail junction


Shortly before the summit is a lookout ledge




At the lookout ledge there is a granite marker dedicated to Gary Evans. Gary Evans was the owner of Evans On The Common in Townsend, MA. He loved the outdoors and died suffering a heart attack while hiking Mt. Watatic. 












Peace out! from Steff

Nature Girls group selfie at the Mt. Watatic summit

Not the Hokey-Pokey!

Leaders selfie



Nutting Hill Cairn

Taking a short break on Nutting Hill


Nature Girls group selfie at the MA/NH state line 


The marker on the left indicates the northern end of
the Midstate Trail through Massachusetts.
The marker on the right is the Boundary marker indicating
the corner of New Ipswich, Ashby, and Ashburnham. 

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