Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Rain - Tent - Jack-In-The-Pulpit - Work Project - Trailhead Conditions

What is good for the forest is not always all that good for a hiker.

Right now it is raining, as it did yesterday afternoon, as it did last night, and will continue to do so into this morning. The ground is slick as the soil is prone to mud. The trail has puddles, and despite your instincts to skirt the edges of the puddle, you need to go through the puddle or you will expand the treadway, promote erosion, and trample the vegetation. I know, that is a hard idea to internalize.

Also, the tent is up for the summer behind the Lodge at Cascading Waters!
The whole crew here was conscripted to wrestle, pull, push, hoist, tie, untie, and generally wrangle her into place!

Yesterday, up on the Asnebumskit Ridge Trail, local hiking guru Gina took this photo of a Jack in the Pulpit:

Thanks Gina!


We will be meeting at the trailhead at Donker Farm, on Tory Fort Lane in Worcester, and we will be working on repairing the livestock fencing. Start time is 5:30 p.m. Come and join us! For questions email


Check out the 6 MidState Trail hikes on Saturday morning!

Trailhead Conditions at 7:30 a.m. at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 48.7 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 94% and steady;
Pressure is 30.06" of Hg and steady;
Cloudy skies with rain falling
Wind is moving with a registered speed of 1.0 mph;
The Cascades are flowing again!;
The Cascades Brook is flowing in both channels!;
USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Showers, mainly before 10am. The rain could be heavy at times.
Patchy fog between 8am and 2pm.
High near 50.
Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 100%.
New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

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