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Spring Hike 2014

posted May 28, 2014, 10:06 AM by Brice Center   [ updated May 31, 2014, 9:20 AM ]
Pack 100 Families –

 
Please join us for our last hike of this Scouting year!  Our Spring hike is scheduled for Sunday, June 1st.     Please see below for more information.  In addition, this information will be posted on our website.

 

Time

Meet in the parking lot at 11:30 AM.   At 1:00 PM we arranged a talk with the fire tower personnel.  (for those that are afraid of heights - the fire tower is 68 ft high)

 

Location and Directions

Mt. Grace

78 Warwick Rd.
Warwick MA 01378

 
Take I-495 to exit 29, Rt. 2 west.
Drive 48 miles on Rt. 2 west to exit 13, Rt. 2A east. (No “Exit 13” sign)
Drive 2 miles on Rt. 2A east and turn left onto Rt. 78 north, Warwick Rd.
Drive 6.8 miles on Rt. 78 north, Warwick Rd.
Park entrance on left.  

 

Facilities

There is a port a potty at the parking lot on the bottom of the mountain

 

Description of Mt. Grace

At 1,621 feet, Mount Grace is the third highest elevation in Massachusetts, east of the Connecticut River. Recreation activities at the 1,458-acre State Forest include hiking, walking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting (in season).

Mount Grace is connected with a famous episode from the era of Colonial skirmishes against the Wompanoag Indians, known as King Phillip's War. In 1676, Mary Rowlandson of Lancaster (a town 40 miles to the east) was captured, along with her infant daughter Grace, by a band of King Phillip's warriors. On a march toward Canada the baby died, and it is said to have been buried by her mother's hands at the foot of the mountain that now bears her name.

It was also a ski area in the 20’s and 30’s.

From the fire tower you can see Mt. Monadnock and Wachusett mountain


Trail Information

Please check out the trail map at:  http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/mgrace.pdf

 

We will be taking the direct trail up to the Fire Tower, should only take 45 minutes to get to the top but we are planning on an hour as it does get steep in sections and people might need a few breaks

 

What to Bring
Insect Repellant
Water
Lunch
Snacks
Hat