“Ephraim Cross drives up the trail
From Worcester. Hepsibah goes pale
At sumac feathers in the pines.
….Pine to birch
The hills change color. In the west
Wachusett humps a stubborn crest.
Ephraim takes the promised land,
Earth, rock and rubble, in his hand.’’
— From the “1750’’ part of “The Farm,’’ by Archibald MacLeish (1892-1992)
Wachusett is a monadnock: a single mountain on a relatively flat landscape. The word monadnock comes from a similarly isolated mountain, Mt. Monadnock, in southern New Hampshire.
Wachusett is a popular hiking and skiing destination, in part because it’s so near to cities. An automobile road, open spring to fall, ascends to the summit. Views from the top include Mt. Monadnock to the north, Mt. Greylock to the west, southern Vermont to the northwest, and Boston to the east.