Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 42.48880°N / 71.8875°W
Additional Information County: Worcester
Activities Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 2006 ft / 611 m
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Balance Rock

Mount Wachusett is named after a Native American term meaning "near the mountain" or "mountain place". The mountain is a popular hiking and skiing area. Wachusett Mountain State Reservation offers 17 miles of hiking and walking trails, including 3.9 miles of the Midstate Trail. A road to the top is open from Spring to Fall. On clear days you can get views of Mount Monadnock to the north, and Boston to the east. This is a fun little get away from Boston, it is about an hours drive.

Getting There

rom Boston:
Take route 2 heading West to exit 25. Turn right on route 140 heading South. Go for about 2 miles and turn right on Mile Hill road. (follow the signs for Wachusett Ski Area.) Take a right at the Wachusett Ski Area Sign, and park in the parking lot.

From Worcester:
Take Route 290 heading East to exit 19 (190 North). Take Exit 5 off of 190 North which puts you onto 140 North. Follow that road for about 9 miles. Take a left turn onto Mile Hill road. Then take a right into the Wachusett Ski Area parking lot, and park there.

Red Tape

No red tape that I know of.

When to Climb

You can hike Mount Wachusett all year long. The average summer temperature is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so take plenty of water. The average winter temperature is about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so wear appropriate clothing. There is also about 100 inches of snow during the winter, so be sure to bring the snowshoes. For current weather conditions check out

External Link

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Wachusett Mountain Trails

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Chinigo - Jun 14, 2021 10:57 am - Hasn't voted

Fees for parking

For weekends only, the fee to park at the Visitor Center was $5 for in-state, $20 for out-of-state vehicles. No fee for weekdays. As of 5/26/2021


Chinigo - Jun 14, 2021 11:39 am - Hasn't voted

Visitor Center parking area

This area is separate from the Ski Area. Mile Hill Rd turns into Mountain Rd, and the visitor center is a right turn off Mountain Rd a little further on.

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