Gate WR25 at Quabbin Reservoir is an easy 3.7-mile out-and-back trail located on Windsor Dam Rd off Route 9 in Ware, Massachusetts. The trail is 1.8 miles one-way to Administration Rd or a 3.7-mile out and back hike in total.
The first leg of the trail which is also called the Observation Tower Trail is a slow, winding climb by old stone walls and young pine growth for 0.6-miles until the trail meets up with Webster Rd. Along Webster Rd, hikers can enjoy old foundations and stone walls, ancient trees and Quabbin's wildlife. While there is elevation gain until you reach Administration Rd, it's so gradual that it's unnoticeable and it's a straight line of a hike with 1.2 miles to the road. From Administration Rd, you can access Hank's Meadow or turn around and head south towards the gate. There are also several side trails leading towards Quabbin Tower along Webster Rd.
The trail should be considered easy, it is both wide and the elevation changes are minimal.
There are no blazes or trail signs on this route.
Parking and Trailhead Location
Hikers will find the trailhead on the eastern end of the parking lot near the coordinates provided. The main parking lot is large enough to fit about a dozen vehicles.
Dogs are not allowed on any trails at Quabbin Reservoir.