This morning, after dropping the kid off with Grandma, Jeff and I drove up to the Wapack Trail trailhead in Ashburnham, MA to check out the course for the upcoming Wapack and Back Trail Race. I registered for this race a couple of months ago when I decided to run the Vermont 50 this fall. Elevation gain is the name of this particular game, and from what I hear, Wapack is the place to get it. (locally at least!)
An easy hour’s drive got us to the trailhead.
I’m going to keep this post short and sweet (you’re welcome!) and just say that I pretty much loved this trail! I’ve heard nothing but horror stories, but I found it to be a lot of fun. I generally enjoy technical trails, and have recently begun to enjoy climbing more. I think I just needed to learn that there is nothing wrong with walking/hiking when necessary. Even in a race!
Wapack has lots of steep, technical climbs and descents, but also plenty of runnable sections. Once you complete the first major climb, the ridgeline from peak to peak keeps the climbing from being too hellacious. Of course we only actually saw 5.25 miles of the 21 mile course, having done an out and back from the MA side. I ended up with a total of 11 miles (i did some hill repeats at the end), and a little over 2600 feet of elevation gain.
I found the “back” section of this out and back to be much more runnable and enjoyable, which is good news since that is the way I’ll be traveling during the race!
Several overlooks and summits provide really nice views up into NH and west into MA.
Good day on the trails!