A few Sundays ago, we decided to take the dog for a hike up Mt Watatic. It’s a small mountain that is super dog and family friendly in northern Massachusetts. It’s also the start (or end, I suppose) of the Wapac Trail.
It was a gorgeous sunny day in early April, so it wasn’t really a surprise to see the first parking lot totally full. We drove about a mile further down the road to the second trailhead instead.
I would describe most of this trail as a steep drainage gully. There were only a few pitches to reach the top and there were a few spots that I had to scramble to get up. It didn’t take long at all though- Watatic is not a big mountain.
We reached the top and immediately met a sweet boxer who played with our dog, which made her day. There was a good mix of about 20 people on top- some college kids, some retired couples, some families. I can imagine that in the summer the top would get pretty crowded, but on this (still snowy) day it was just fine.
After checking out the view for a bit, eating some Thin Mints (hiking takes energy, right?), and meeting a sweet 4 month old puppy, we headed back down. I didn’t want to go back down the way we came up, since I find descents a lot rougher than ascents, so we took the main trail down.
We were following tracks of lots of people, but somehow we got to the bottom of the wrong side of the mountain. Whoops! Our options were- climb back up and then back down, or walk around on the road. We did a quick check on our phones and the distance looked like an easy 2 mile walk around. We leashed up the dog and started walking.
We hadn’t made it too far before a man in a Subaru pulled over and asked if we had come down the wrong trail! Apparently we had the lost hiker look about us. He very kindly gave us a ride back to our car (which was actually 5 miles away, not 2). He was so nice to us!
So, all’s well that ends well. But if you try that hike, be sure you go down the right trail!