Cycling Wachusett Mountain East, Massachusetts
Ride 4.9 miles gaining 1,235’ at 4.6% average grade.
There are two parts to this climb: (a) The first 2.5 miles on Pine Hill Road which has light traffic, and (b) the last 2.4 miles into Wachusett Mountain State Reservation along a rural road with minimal traffic and beautiful surroundings.
The first 2.5 miles on Pine Hill Road.
The ride is just north of Princeton and is the closest bike climb to Worcester (16 miles line of sight) and Boston (40 miles).
$5.00 to enter the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation as of October, 2020.
We pass by ski slopes and under lifts on our way to the top.
Views along the climb between the entrance and the top.
Harlow Lookout is on the one way descent from the Summit (about a mile from the top).
On a clear day, you can see Boston from Harlow Lookout.
Aerial views of the summit.
There is an observation tower at the summit.
There are informational boards for each compass direction at the lower level of the tower. The boards show and name distant mountains and peaks. From this point, on a clear day you can see Mount Monadnock, Mount Greylock, southern Vermont and on a good day Boston.