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    Wachusett 8/13/08

    Date(s) Hiked: Wednesday 8/13/08

    Trails(s) Hiked: Pine Hill Trail, Balance Rock (Hiking) Trail

    Total Distance: 1.25 mile RT on Pine Hill Trail, .8 mile RT on Balance Rock Trail



    Difficulty: Uhh... it's Wachusett we're talking about here

    Conditions: Muddy and slippery rocks in places... 70 degrees and beautiful for weather

    Special Required Equipment: Again... this is Wachusett we're talking about

    Trip Report:

    Hadn't been to Wachusett in over 4 months so I decided I needed a trip up there. I'd only hiked it once previously many years ago on Old Indian Trail. Decided to take the quick way to the summit today... Pine Hill trail. It goes right up the "steep" side of the mountain from the State Reservation. It's about 625' of vertical on the way up (State Res is about 300' vertical above the ski base). Took me about 50 minutes round trip with about 10 minutes at the summit, so really 40. Very easy hike, just be careful on some of the rocks which are slippery from the recent rain.

    After a trip up the mountain road to check out the ski trails (4 months and they'll be white again ), I went to the base and took the short hike up Balance Rock trail. This starts out VERY flat and dry, but gains a little pitch as it goes up and turns into a bit of a running creek as well. The rock itself is interesting, huge, weird, and... hard. It's about 150' vertical to the rock and 20 minutes round trip.

    Whole gallery here: http://forums.alpinezone.com/gallery...500&ppuser=440

    Heres a pic of the fountain at the base, Balance Rock, and Smith's headwall.
    Last edited by Zand; Aug 13, 2008 at 4:46 PM.
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    2016-17 days - 14

    Wachusett: 11/26, 12/13, 2/28, 3/12, 3/29, 3/31, 4/2
    Mt. Snow: 12/9, 1/20, 2/24, 3/17, 3/18
    Plattekill: 3/19
    Killington: 5/27

  2. #2
    I was in the area yesterday and considered hiking Nashoba Valley

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    Nashoba's restaurant and BAR are open year-round.
    Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. - Dave Barry
    Waterville 11/30; Loon 12/7; Cannon 12/13, 1/17, 2/23; Sugarloaf 12/20, 21-22; Bretton Woods 1/3; Jay Peak 1/24-25; Heavenly 2/9; Squaw Valley 2/10-2/11; Wachusett 3/3; Sunday River 3/7-8

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    Balance Rock is the same as 'Remption Rock' correct?

    Referring back to the King Philip War.
    Screw My Car, My Body Climbed Mount Washington!

    www.SKiNE.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnskiismore View Post
    Balance Rock is the same as 'Remption Rock' correct?

    Referring back to the King Philip War.
    Nope... Redemption Rock is a short way down Route 140 from Wachusett (appropriately named Redemption Rock Highway).
    2003-2004: 21; 2004-2005: 27; 2005-2006: 31; 2006-2007: 31; 2007-2008: 38; 2008-2009: 43; 2009-2010: 42; 2010-2011: 46; 2011-2012: 33; 2012-2013: 26 2013-14: 18; 2014-15: 17; 2015-16: 7

    2016-17 days - 14

    Wachusett: 11/26, 12/13, 2/28, 3/12, 3/29, 3/31, 4/2
    Mt. Snow: 12/9, 1/20, 2/24, 3/17, 3/18
    Plattekill: 3/19
    Killington: 5/27

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    Wow it looks really lush...the run on the far right looks like fun..is it a bump run or groomer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    Nope... Redemption Rock is a short way down Route 140 from Wachusett (appropriately named Redemption Rock Highway).

    Ahh, thank you!
    Screw My Car, My Body Climbed Mount Washington!

    www.SKiNE.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrilledSteezeSandwich View Post
    Wow it looks really lush...the run on the far right looks like fun..is it a bump run or groomer?
    Smith-Walton. It's a groomer. The only bumps at WaWa are on 10th Mountain.
    Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. - Dave Barry
    Waterville 11/30; Loon 12/7; Cannon 12/13, 1/17, 2/23; Sugarloaf 12/20, 21-22; Bretton Woods 1/3; Jay Peak 1/24-25; Heavenly 2/9; Squaw Valley 2/10-2/11; Wachusett 3/3; Sunday River 3/7-8

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrilledSteezeSandwich View Post
    Wow it looks really lush...the run on the far right looks like fun..is it a bump run or groomer?
    It's at Wachusett... take a guess. Haha
    2003-2004: 21; 2004-2005: 27; 2005-2006: 31; 2006-2007: 31; 2007-2008: 38; 2008-2009: 43; 2009-2010: 42; 2010-2011: 46; 2011-2012: 33; 2012-2013: 26 2013-14: 18; 2014-15: 17; 2015-16: 7

    2016-17 days - 14

    Wachusett: 11/26, 12/13, 2/28, 3/12, 3/29, 3/31, 4/2
    Mt. Snow: 12/9, 1/20, 2/24, 3/17, 3/18
    Plattekill: 3/19
    Killington: 5/27

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    It's at Wachusett... take a guess. Haha

    I've never been to WaWa.

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