Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jiminy Peak Mountain Coaster

Instead of hiking this weekend, I went to Jiminy Peak to ride the Mountain Coaster with a group of friends. The Mountain Coaster is a roller coaster style ride that's 1/2 mile from start to finish while twisting and turning through the woods and down the mountain with hand controls to control your speed. It's $9 for a single ride or you can buy a 6 pack of tickets for $42. I was skeptical at first, but it was a fun ride and it went a lot faster than I expected. My only complaint is was that the ride itself was too short for the price of the ticket. The ride down is about 2 minutes at "full throttle" and at $9 for a 4 minute ride is a bit expensive. However, it was a good time and it should certainly be on your list of things to do if you are ever in the Jiminy Peak area.



Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mt. Grace Hiking

This weekend I hiked Mt. Grace, located in Warwick, MA.  Mt. Grace holds the 3rd highest peak in Massachusetts at 1,621 ft. There was a 1/4 mile trail that leads to a fork and, from there, it was  1.1 miles to the summit. The trail dumped us off to what seemed to be a dirt road similar to the hike at Mt. Toby. While the hike wasn't a disappointment and there is no such thing as a "bad hike," I did expect it to be a little longer and more challenging, especially where it holds the title of the 3rd highest peak.  There was a light powder of snow on the ground-not enough for snowshoes- but I used a pair of microspikes and everyone else used crampons. It would have been possible to hike without either, but since we had them we decided to use them since it would only aid in traction.

Just like Mt. Toby, the summit had no view unless you climbed the fire tower. It was overcast, but the views are always rewarding. At the summit, we ate some lunch and then made the trek down which seemed to only last about 20 minutes before we reached the parking lot. If the hike was longer, or perhaps if you reached the summit via the Metacomet-Monadnock trail, it would be a little better.

To go to the MA State page for Mt Grace click here