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                                  Midstate Trail & Wapack Trail Hiking Schedule for 2009



Day-hike series on Midstate and Wapack trails, 2009

We show up RAIN or SHINE!…  Participants gather informally—hike at your own risk


Please contact hike leaders for information and directions to meeting place. Bring weather-appropriate gear, water, snacks – For trail info and updated events go to:  www.midstatetrail.org

#9 Sunday, August 30: Meet at NOON at Barre Falls Dam off Route 62 in Barre. From Rte. 68, take Rte. 62 west for 2.2 miles.  Take left on entrance road, and park in first lot on left, just before dam. Leave some cars here and shuttle to trail crossing on East Hill Road off Pleasantdale Road in Rutland.  Hike north 7.7 miles through Rutland State Park  back to Barre Falls Dam.

Leaders: Robert Juckins (tel. 508-829-0901) or Alan Harris (tel. 508-835-2512).

#10 Saturday, September 12: Meet 9 a.m. at junction of Route 62 and Ball Hill Road in Princeton. . From Worcester area follow Route 31 north out of Holden, after Princeton town line take left onto Ball Hill Road and drive to end. From Boston area head west on Route 2 to Fitchburg then south on Route 31. Stay on 31 to Princeton Center then head west on Route 62 for 2.3 miles to Ball Hill Rd.  Leave some cars and shuttle to Barre Falls Dam. Hike north  8.6 miles through Ware River watershed.

Leaders: Mark Dubois (tel. 508-853-9609) & Tia Koziak  (tel. 508-981-1152).

#11 Sunday, September 20: Meet NOON at parking lot of Wachusett Mtn. Ski Area. From Boston area, take Route 2 west to exit 25 onto Route 140 heading south, take right at ski area sign. From Worcester area, take Rte.190 to exit 5.  Go north on Rte. 140 for 9.5 miles to Wachusett Mt. entrance on left. Meet in main parking lot near rental lodge where trail enters woods. Leave some cars and drive to trail crossing at junction of Route 62 and Ball Hill Road in Princeton.  Hike north through Wachusett Meadows Audubon Preserve and over mountain, 6.2 miles.

Leaders: Mark Dubois (tel. 508-853-9609) & Laura Ruth (tel. 978-425-9141)

#12 Saturday, September 26: Meet 9 a.m. at corner of Stone Hill Road and Narrows Road in Westminster. From Boston area take Rte. 2 west, exit 27.  Take left at exit, crossing Rte. 2 onto Narrows Rd. Drive straight to fork at Stone Hill Road where trail crosses. From Worcester area, take Rte. 140 north, take right onto Gatehouse Road just before ski area entrance; follow about 2 miles and turn right onto Stone Hill Road, park at bottom of hill at corner with Narrows Road. Leave some cars and shuttle to trail crossing at Wachusett Mtn. Ski Area, where trail crosses parking lot next to rental lodge.  Hike north by Redemption Rock and over Crow Hill ledges to Stone Hill Road, 5 miles.

Leaders:  Jim Wrightson (tel. 978-852-4800) & Paul Glazebrook (tel. 617-852-1975) glazebrook256@hotmail.com

#13 Saturday, October 3: Meet 9 a.m. in Westminster at graffiti bridge on Oakmont Ave. From Boston area, take Rte. 2 west to exit 25.  Turn left on Rte. 2A and take quick left on Town Farm Rd.  Drive to end, then right on Oakmont Ave to graffiti bridge.  Or, from Rte. 140 north, about 2 miles past Wachusett Mtn., cross Rte. 2 overpass and go left onto Town Farm Rd. (see above). Leave some cars and drive to Narrows Road near Stone Hill Road in Westminster where trail crosses. Hike north to graffiti bridge, 5 miles.

Leaders: :  Toby Mushrush (tel 978-602-2814) and Jim Wrightson (tel. 978-852-4800).

#14 Sunday, October 11: Meet at NOON near where trail crosses Route 12 in Ashburnham, From Rte. 31 in Fitchburg, take Rte. 12 north for 4.5 miles. After Ashburnham town line, watch for corner of Jewell Hill Road on right w/ traffic island. Park some cars on Jewell Hill Road and shuttle to “graffiti bridge” on Oakmont Ave. in Westminster. Hike around beautiful, remote, Muddy Pond, 5.8 miles.

Leaders:   Ed Faron (tel. 508-892-9237) & Bob Dral (tel. 978-464-5175)

#15 Saturday, October 17: Meet 9 a.m. in trail parking lot on north side of Route 119, opposite Pierce Road, 1.4 miles west of Route 101 junction, in hiking parking lot—look for wire mesh fence. Leave most cars here and and shuttle to where trail crosses Route 12 at corner of Jewell Hill Road in Ashburnham. Hike north over Fisher Hill and Mount Hunger, 6.7 miles, to Route 119.

Leaders:  Toby Mushrush (tel 978-602-2814) & Paul Glazebrook (tel. 617-852-1975

#16 Saturday, October 24: Wapack Trail-- Bring lunch!  Meet at 10 a.m. at Windblown X-C Ski Area (up driveway and 1st parking lot on left) on Route 123 in New Ipswich, N.H. Leave some cars and shuttle to Midstate parking lot on Route 119 by Mount Watatic in Ashburnham. Hike on Wapack Trail (same yellow triangles as Midstate) north over Mount Watatic ridge over Barrett Mtn. and back to Windblown, about 9 miles.

Leaders: Paul Glazebrook (tel. 617-852-1975) & Marie Auger (tel. 978-874-5629).

#17 Sunday, November 1: Wapack Trail-- Meet at NOON at former Temple Mtn. Ski Area on Route 101 east of Peterborough, N.H., across from Miller State Park. Leave some cars and shuttle down to Windblown X-C Ski Area on Route 123 in New Ipswich. Hike north over spectacular ridge to Temple Mtn. and Route 101, about 7 miles.

Leaders:  Paul Glazebrook (tel. 617-852-1975)  glazebrook256@hotmail.com & Alan Harris (tel. 508-835-2512 )

#18 Saturday, November 7: Wapack Trail-- Meet at 10 a.m. at Wapack Trail terminus on Old Mountain Road in Greenfield, N.H. Leave some cars and shuttle to (former) Temple Mtn. Ski Area on Route 101. Park across from Miller State Park in Temple Mtn. parking lot. Cross road into state park on Wapack Trail—bring a few bucks for ranger—and hike over Pack Monadnock with sweeping views in all directions, about 5.5 miles.

Leaders: Robert Juckins (tel. 508-829-0901) & Paul Glazebrook (tel. 617-852-1975)  glazebrook256@hotmail.com.