|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bolton Pond, Balance Rock, Mt. Wachusett, MA|
||Balance Rock Trail, Bolton Pond Trail, Old Indian Trail, Semuhanna Trail, Harrington Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 14, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Huge ski lot for the trails on this side. Free. Clean portable toilet available. Wachusett is extremely popular, so always bring some toilet paper with you (they may run out). |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None, but there are many bridges which go over dry beds. Maybe they are vernal streams early in the spring. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Very good. Some of the trails that are not part of the Midtrail system may need refreshing. Thanks. |
||Lots of well behaved ones. make sure you bring enough water! |
||A couple skeeters near the beginning. Lots of butterflies up top. |
|Lost and Found:
||Saw a white hat hanging from a branch descending the Old Indian Trail. ||
||Second time here this month. This time, did a loop from the ski area lot. Started first with a short walk to Balanced Rock and then to Bolton Pond. Pond has some pretty mountain laurel near it ready to bloom. Did a CCW loop of Old Indian, Semuhenna, and Harrington Trails. I would recommend CCW, this way you are descending across the ski trails and the views just open right up. Trail starts as Old Indian, then Semuhenna spits off. There are a lot of flat areas, followed by steep ones. The upper section of the Harrington Trail is a fun rocky steep climb. There is a spur path, Josti's Vista, right before you near the summit. The views are better here than at the top, no trees to obstruct them. Observation Tower on summit is still closed. Good views from the chairlift platform.|
Thank God for Wachusett! Keeping me sane for now!
Only problem some may have with Wachusett is that it is crowded. Didn't bother me, but if it does you, maybe you can start early during the week.
||Beckie and Prema |
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.