|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Wachusett, MA|
||Bolton Pond Trail, Balance Rock Trail, Old Indian Trail, Semulhenna Trail, Harrington Trail, Link Trail, Mountain House Trail, road walk|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 14, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||few spots left at 12:15 pm for us time change late risers |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||saw a few |
|Lost and Found:
||Spring to winter conditions as after a speedy, fast start in the sunshine the cold front rolled in when we summitted, with snow blowing sideways all of a sudden. We took the requisite summit photo then headed right back down. Spikes the entire day. Most of the summit proper was snow free but we kept our spikes on anyway for that short section. Avoided Harrington's icy steep last 0.2 mi in favor of Link Trail to Mountain House.|
On descent the snow picked up and the initial dusting over ice made the auto road and trails very slippery; the most capable hiker among us us fell about 6x. After descending the few steep spots on Semulhenna the inch or so of snow began sticking so we slipped less. Most folks were in spikes although no hike is complete without a tennis-shoed, spikeless hiker attempting descent on a blue iced trail. By the time we were back to the car the winds and snow had picked up and it felt more like January.
Hard to prediction what the trails will be like in a few days with a warm up; probably will still have a hard ice monorail but many spots are already muddy and snowless.
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.