April Winter hiking at Mt Watatic
I haven't been on one hike since the kids were born in January, so when we were awarded with a foot of snow on April 1, I sweet talked the wife into giving me a morning to hike. Options for a short day are Wachusett or Watatic, and we didn't get enough down here... so off to Ashburnham.
I used snowshoes up and back. There were some people before me who used spikes all the way up, leaving a trail of 8inch deep holes in the trail. Fortunately, the snow was soft and I was able to pack the trail down proper.
My Atlas snowshoes have an aggressive crampon and televators, so a few times I skipped off the trail to tackle the hill head on (if you've done Watatic, you know the part I'm talking about). Saved lots of time.
While not the most interesting hike, it's definitely the best hike east of the Holyokes in Massachusetts. Here's a few pics of the day.
1. Approaching the sub-peak.
2. Beautiful view of the Wapack Range
3. Wachusett in the distance... where most of my friends were
4. Three people came before me
5. So I added my snowball to the guest registry
6. There's a little ledge at Watatic that's off trail. It's always quiet, and offers the only due-east view on the mountain.
All in all, I had a great time. The warm temps kept the snow soft, and made for some wonderful glissading back to the car. I spent 2 hours in the woods.