|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||White Rock Mountain, Mt. Hunger, Mt. Putnam, Mt. Worcester, VT|
||Middlesex Trail, Bob Kemp Trail, Waterbury Trail, Skyline Trail, Mt. Worcester Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, September 15, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Both Middlesex and Mount Worcester THs have room for several vehicles. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A few streams along the base of the range - easily crossable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All trails are in fair condition overall. Skyline Trail has a few blowdowns and is slightly overgrown, but relatively easy to follow. Paint blazes for this trail system need touching up.
Skyline Trail also has frequent mud pits requiring some care. |
||Thankfully, they've quieted down! |
|Lost and Found:
||White Rock Mountain, Mount Hunger, Mt. Putnam, Peak 3,477, Mount Worcester|
I'd been looking forward to doing the full Worcester Range traverse since I moved to Barre last year. The range did not disappoint. My wife helped arrange the vehicle drop-off at the Mount Worcester TH and I began at the Middlesex TH - south to north traverse.
I liked White Rock the most due to its aesthetic crag and full 360 views. Saw three people near the top of Mount Hunger, but nobody else all day!
The Skyline Trail does not have a lot of views (some additional ledges on Putnam and Peak 3,477 are apparently short bushwhacks off the trail - see satellite map imagery), but is a wonderful solitude experience. It is not a piece of cake, as there are numerous small ups and downs throughout.
The edge of the cloud shield of Hurricane Lee was either over me or slightly west of me all day. When I arrived at Mount Worcester late in the day, I realized that if I waited about an hour, the sun would leave the cloud edge and create a dazzling light display. I was not disappointed - glorious golden light poured over the valleys and peaks for about 10 minutes! Then I was able to get down the steep upper section of the Mount Worcester Trail before putting on the headlamp.
I'm looking forward to returning to the individual peaks, so glad to live nearby....
||Dan Saxton |
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.