A few years back an employee at the EMS in Peterborough recommended the Wapack Trail to me as a "local" hike when I couldn't always get up to the Whites. Thinking I am going to add this to my Spring list for weekends where weather in Whites is poor, mud hits, etc. As usual I'll be hitting solo so no car spot. Obviously I won't be doing the 42 mile out and back so I'm debating which trail head I should start at for maximum views, enjoyment, etc and still pack in 14-18 miles round trip.
So for anyone who has done the Wapack Trail:
1) Recommend the Northern section or the Southern section more? Right now I'm thinking I'll park at South terminus, hike in and hit Watatic and then head up to Pratt Mtn or New Ipswich Mtn depending on how the day is going. Site mentioned six parking areas but I don't see on CalTopo.
2) Online maps (MapBuilder Topo and Forest Service layer) do not agree with trail placement and the Wapack ARCGIS Map also differs. In short, is there in fact a trail that diverges quickly and ascends the edge of the steeps to Mt Watatic so it can be done as a loop or is that a bushwhack track from someone?
3) Wapack Site shows an official trail map and guide but I only see the Guide on EMS site, not the map and I can't select to check in store availability. I may actually go this SAT or SUN so I was hoping to track the map down locally if possible (CT,MA,RI). I'm driving by the EMS in Westborough tomorrow for work so assuming it is still there I can stop in and check but not sure where else I might be able to grab fast.
4) Are the low lying wet areas along the Wapack an issue in the higher Spring water levels, do they have bridges, etc? For the section I plan to hike the trail seems to go over topography that should be OK in the wet areas near Binney Pond but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
5) Is the trail "technical"? The EMS employee recommended because she considered many sections of it to be rocky, rough and "White like" but the online description makes it sound fairly easy. I'd much prefer it to be rocky and technical in nature. What sections would those be so I can work into the itinerary?
Any feedback on the trail would be appreciated. Thanks as always in advance.