Mount Watatic

Mount Watatic near Ashburnham, MA

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2 miles
Hiking, Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Ashburnham, MA
User EMS Acton
A short distance from the MA/NH border, Mount Watatic, 1,832ft offers a quick, steep ascent to hikers and snowshoers north of Fitchburg. Starting from a small lot on the side of Route 119 in Ashburnham, it's best to follow the little yellow triangles of the Mid-State Trail to the top. The climb takes the better part of an hour but is definitely a thigh-buster.

On clear days, one can see the Boston skyline to the east. Turn around and catch a glimpse of Mount Monadnock through the tree cover. Continue to follow the yellow triangles north to the New Hampshire border and the northern terminus of the Mid-State Trail/southern terminus of the WAPACK Trail which extends 22 miles into the Granite State.

By definition, Watatic is a monadnock. The name comes from the popular nearby climb in Jaffrey, NH but it also explains the terrain you'll be facing. A monadnock is generally defined as a mountain or steep hill that rises from a virtually flat land. This monadnock however, was once home to a ski area that closed in the late 1980s. Technically located in Ashby, MA, Watatic ski area boasted 6 (maybe 7?) trails and two lifts, the remnants of which can still be found in the bush.


From Route 2 take exit 28 toward Fitchburg

After .4 miles, take a left at Princeton Rd/Route 31.

Follow for 2.4 miles to a left then take a left at Ashburnham St/Route 12.

After 6.1 miles, right at 101/Water St.

After 4 miles take a left onto Rindge State Rd/Route 119.

The trailhead is about 1 mile down on your right. Drive slowly so you don't miss it.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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