Middlesex County High Point Trip Report
800 feet northeast of Nutting Hill (1,580+ ft)
Date: June 17, 2003
Author: Mohamed Ellozy
I used Mike Schwartz's trip report to locate the highpoint but rather than take the blue-blazed State Line
Trail both ways, I made a loop, going up the longer but more scenic Wapack Trail. I continued beyond the
COHP to the state line and returned by the State Line Trail.
The Wapack Trail reaches Nutting Hill from the south. The "unmarked trail" of the trip reports cuts right
(north-northeast) about a dozen paces after the Wapack Trail enters the trees north of Nutting Hill.
After returning to the Wapack Trail I continued to the state line (marked by a stone wall) and followed the
blue blazed State Line Trail west (left), passing three interesting markers:
Distances and Elevation Gains -
- The octagonal granite Borden Survey Monument of 1834.
This was erected by Simeon Borden as a control station
for the first accurate trigonometrical survey of Massachusetts.
- The granite Ashburnham and Ashby town line marker, dated 1884.
- The granite Midstate Trail terminus marker, dated 1985.
The distance from the trail to the highpoint is negligible, as is the distance walked along the state line.
- Wapack Trail to Nutting Hill: 2.0 miles and 600 feet
- Nutting Hill to state line: 0.4 miles, flat
- State Line Trail to trailhead: 1.2 miles, downhill