Mount Washington

  snowshoeing cross country skiing  

 

High-elevation woods filled with oak and mountain laurel, accessible by a road to the summit radio towers. Outstanding skiing.

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Mount Darby 42.356461, -73.284876 Mount Darby(frontage) (Directions)

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No maintained trail: Expert

Special features: Road to summit good for walking, skiing, sledding

Please note: Only accessible by private road; off-trail the property is nearly impassable

DIRECTIONS

Between 32 and 40 East Street, Mount Washington. Parking is not available.

GPS: 42.1259, -73.4658 (frontage)

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

Mount Washington boasts some of the county’s most appealing hiking trails. Escape the (relative) crowds with a walk, snowshoe or (best) ski up and down the Mount Darby access road. The tract is open for hunting and other off-trail exploration.

HISTORY

The 323-acre Mount Darby Reserve was acquired in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and MassWildlife. You’re welcome to visit, but there is no improved parking (you can carefully pull off East Street by the gate), no trails (except the tower road), and the mountain laurel is so think that it’s easier to climb than to walk. But all that said, this is still a great place to explore.

Most interesting feature: at the time of the acquisition in 2010, there were only tiny streams and a vernal pool; one year later we stumbled on a brand-new, 3-acre beaver pond complex. Busy, busy beavers! Look for that complex on the aerial photo at the northwest.