Mount Watatic and Nutting Hill Loop
ElevationAscent: 644' 196 m
Descent: -645' -197 m
High: 1,803' 550 m
Low: 1,239' 378 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A day run with beautiful views and varying levels of difficulty!”— Aly Kingstone
Mount Watatic is a 1,832 foot (558 m) monadnock located just south of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, at the southern end of the Wapack Range of mountains. It lies within Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Ashby, Massachusetts, and New Ipswich, New Hampshire; the 22 miles (35 km) Wapack Trail and the 92 miles (148 km) Midstate Trail both cross the mountain.
From the summit of Mount Watatic, descenda fairly mellow trail heading northwest on Wapack Trail (this is not the same trail you came up). The trail eventually turns north and climbs another mellow grade to the top of Nutting Hill, a good rocky resting spot, but with little to no views as it is below the tree line. At the top of Nutting Hill is the intersection with Midstate Trail. Take a left to head south on Midstate Trail along a gradual and rather enjoyable descent.
Most of the trail was covered in various rocks, but there are ways around the larger obstacles.
BEWARE that there are many trails that go off of this. We started down the road from the Summit that had electric poles set up and had to circle back to the lookout spot. Also when you leave the summit there is a sign for "Access Road", that is not the trail. We went down that a bit and had to cut over on a small trail to the left to get back on to the main trail.
To continue to Nutting Hill, if you go back to the summit and follow the trail you came up for a few yards, the trail will split and there is a dark wooden sign on a tree between the trails which says 'Wapack Trail North' with an arrow pointing right, and a white decrepit sign below that saying 'MidState Trail', take the right trail to go to Nutting Hill. In a hundred yards or so there will be a white post in the ground on the left, with a yellow triangle in the top; take the trail to the left here to go to Nutting Hill. Overall, a relatively easy run with a great reward!
In 2000, the summit of the mountain was sold to Industrial Communications and Electronics for the development of a 150-foot (46 m) cellular telephone tower and a road to the summit. In 2002, the mountain was purchased by the Ashby Land Trust, the Town of Ashby, the Ashburnham Conservation Trust, the Town of Ashburnham, Mass Dept of Fish and Wildlife and Mass Dept of Conservation and Recreation. The purchase resulted in the permanent protection of approximately 281 acres of the mountain, including the summit.
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