Wapack Trail Guide Addendum, 2005
Several changes have been made to the Wapack
Trail and adjoining trails since the first publication of The Wapack Trail
Guide in 1991. This addendum references specific pages in the trail guide
while describing these changes to the trails. The North to South Wapack
Trail description in Chapter Four is not covered in this addendum.
Changes to Chapter Three
Hiking the Wapack Trail from South to North
Section One, MA 119 to NH 123/124
The route of the Wapack Trail remains the same throughout this section.
However, the Midstate Trail has been rerouted. The Midstate Trail now
coincides with the Wapack Trail over the summit of Mt. Watatic to the New
Hampshire State line. The first paragraphs on page 39 describe the junction
of the Wapack and Midstate Trails. The statement “The Midstate Trail
continues straight (N) to the state line” now refers to the State Line
Trail, which is blazed in blue and follows the old route of the Midstate
Trail from this point north. Signs have been installed to clarify this
juncture. All reference to the Blueberry Ledge Trail have been removed in
the field because this trail has been part of the Wapack Trail for several
The Midstate and Wapack Trails now separate at the state boundary between
Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This junction is described in the note on
page 42 as “an interesting 10 minute side trip is to follow the stone wall
left (W).” This 240 foot walk along a stone wall is now part of the Midstate
Trail and takes you to the granite Midstate Trail northern terminus marker.
It also connects with the end of the State Line Trail.
At the top of page 42 the guide book describes a loop back route “by
turning left (W) on Nutting Hill Rd., which merges in 400 ft., with the
Midstate Trail.” This left (W) turn now merges in 400 ft. with the State
Section Two, NH 123/124 to NH 101
There are two new features along this trail section worth noting. On page
53 a junction is described “where the private ‘Berry Pasture’ cross-country
ski trail bears left (W).” This trail is no longer private, and is
maintained by the Friends of the Wapack as a hiking trail. This newly
re-routed Berry Pasture Trail descends over ledges and woods, crosses a
stream, reaching a small field at 1.2 miles. This small opening is all that
remains of what was an extensive commercial blueberry field. This spot
provides a nice view of Mt. Monadnock. A logging road continues the descent
for 0.5 miles to Mountain Road in Sharon. The trail is marked with blue
blazes and trail signs at both ends. This property belongs to the New
England Forestry Foundation.
It should also be noted that the Holt Peak area was extensively logged in
1994. The section of trail described on page 54 is now much more open.
Beware of intersecting logging roads and watch for blazes at all times.
The route of the Wapack Trail has changed where it passes through the
former Temple Mountain Ski Area. This section is described on pages 55 and
56 titled “Descending Through the Ski Area.” The ski area is now closed, and
the chair lifts and ski trail signs have been removed. The approach of the
Wapack Trail to the former ski slopes was moved in 2004 to the west. The
trail now emerges on the ski slopes to the west of the communications tower.
The trail continues straight down the west (W) side of this westernmost ski
trail. Follow the yellow blazes on the trees along the western side of this
open slope. The Wapack hiking trail no longer “diverges left (NW) into the
woods”, but continues down the former ski slope, following the dirt used as
an access road for the communications tower. After several yards the road
turns left (W), passing below a large, jagged rock ledge. Watch for yellow
blazes on the ledge face. A few yards past these ledges, you reach a level,
open area. At this point the trail continues as described at the top of page
56. Note that the ski trail signs no longer exist. Follow the yellow
triangles and Wapack Trail signs down the mountain to the gravel parking
lots along NH Route 101.
Section Three, NH 101 to Old Mountain Rd.,
The only major route change along this section is on the approach to the
summit of Pack Monadnock. At the bottom of page 59 is stated that “At 17.3
mi., there is an important right (SE) turn, and the trail climbs to the auto
road, reached at 17.35 mi.” This right turn no longer exists. Instead, the
trail proceeds straight ahead through a wooded area, over open ledges where
it intersects with the Red Dot Trail, and then proceeds to the summit
parking lot, approaching from the west with a nice view of Mt. Monadnock.
This approach is more gradual than the older route and safer at the summit
than the sometimes busy and narrow auto road.
On page 61 the last paragraph states that “At a precipitous drop in the
trail, a side path branches right (E) to a restricted outlook...” The trail
no longer plunges down this “precipitous drop” and “steep, rocky, rooty
slope.” Instead, it skirts to the right following a gentler route with
switchbacks. Watch for a short path to a scenic outlook to the right (E).
This outlook features a stone bench inscribed with a dedication to Joanne
Bass Bross, for whom the new Nature Conservancy preserve on the east slope
of Pack Monadnock has been named. The trail no longer passes through the
“wet area” mentioned in the second paragraph on page 62. The trail has been
re-routed to the east on higher ground.
Changes to Chapter Four
Hiking the Side Trails Of the Wapack Trail
The description of the Midstate Trail in this chapter now applies to the
State Line Trail as mentioned above. The State Line trail has new trail
signs and is marked with blue blazes. The Midstate Trail now follows the
Wapack Trail to the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state boundary as
described above in the addendum to Chapter Three, Section One.
Kidder Mountain Trail
The section of the Kidder Mountain Trail described at the top of page 72
was extensively logged in 1998. This trail section just below the summit now
passes through a large open area with views to the North.
Marion Davis Trail
Like the Wapack Trail, the Marion Davis Trail’s approach to the summit of
Pack Monadnock has been changed. The steep approach described in the third
paragraph on page 73 is now interrupted by a right turn (E). The trail now
follows a more gentle path to the east of the summit, missing the antenna
facilities, and emerging on the summit at the picnic table area near the
small building on the east side of the summit parking lot.
Trails Committee Chairman, Friends of the Wapack
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