Wapack Trail celebrates a milestone
From Pack Monadnock, the views along the Wapack Trail feature Mount Monadnock to the west and on very clear days, Boston to the east. (Courtesy)
Guided hikes mark 90th anniversaryThere will be several guided hikes offered this season through Friends of the Wapack to celebrate the trail's 90th anniversary. For more information, go to wapack.org.
Aug. 3: Temple Mt Ski Area/State Reservation. Learn about the history of the former Temple Mt. Ski Area with former ski area owner/operator Mike Beebe, and hear about the efforts made to preserve Temple Mountain.
Sept. 7: Miller State Park, Hawk Watch, and Joanne Bass Bross Preserve. This hike will coincide with the annual NH Audubon Hawk Watch with expert Francie Von Mertens, following the majestic birds as they soar over the range.
Oct. 19: Wapack National Wildlife Refuge and Pack Monadnock. Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge manager Graham Taylor and USFWS Biologist Nancy Pau to hear the story of the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge and identify the flora and fauna along the way on a morning hike up North Pack Monadnock.
Robbins and Davis knew the landscape well, having driven cattle over the range for years, and when their friend Albert Annett, an avid outdoorsman and factory owner, approached them will the idea of creating a ridgeline trail, the farmers immediately got on board.
But it wasn't the summer crowd that was drawn to the Wapack, said Call.
"Its main use was for winter sports like snowshoeing and skiing," he said, and one of the first groups to use the trail was the Harvard Mountaineering Club who came north for a ski trip along the Wapack.
Though the Appalachian Mountain Club had been caring for parts of the trail for a time, that group's attention began to be focused elsewhere and someone new had to step in, he said, so Friends of the Wapack was born. Today there are more than 850 members, many of whom volunteer to go out and cut back brush and keep the trail clear.
From the top of Pack Monadnock, there are views of Mount Monadnock to the west and Boston, on a clear day, to the east. The trail crosses through the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, over Temple Mountain, through a former commercial blueberry pasture that still bears lots of fruit. It meanders through the Windblown Cross Country Ski Area, across the Wapack Wilderness in New Ispwich, and down into Massachusetts through the Ashburnham State Forest and Wataitic Mountain Sanctuary.
The trail can be picked up from a number of parking areas along the route for folks who want to just spend a few hours in the woods.
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