|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Watatic, Nutting Hill, MA|
||Midstate Trail, State Line Trail, unnamed cart road|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, June 20, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||A few cars in the lot when I got there about 9 AM. A few more when I got back about 11:45. Maybe a typical weekday. There are warning signs reminding folks to keep valuables out of sight in your car. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Midstate Trail ascending Watatic has turned into a 40 foot wide herd path in places. I see one place where stone stairs have been constructed, which should tend to keep hikers where they belong, but much more is needed. On the State Line trail, the part that continues uphill after the right turn to the Watatic summit, has a fresh beech blowdown blocking the trail that has turned into a bit of a walkaround. This is about .4 or .5 from the aforementioned turn. Also higher up along the State Line Trail, the part that goes left from the old road towards the Midstate terminus, there is a huge fresh blowdown. This is a gnarly old ant-eaten oak across the trail, but because of the gnarliness of the limbs, it is kind of a duck-around that does not require you to go off trail. It could stay there to make the trail interesting. |
||Big buzzing horse- or deer flies but no direct attacks. |
|Lost and Found:
||Mt. Watatic, Nutting Hill, Middlesex County High Point|
I wanted to get to the Middlesex County High Point, easy to find if you follow the easily available online directions.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.