Pack Monadnock

DATE: Mar 10, 2018 Saturday
END DATE: Mar 10, 2018 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Peterborough NH

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Spencer, MA United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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Region: New England

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Join me Saturday, March 10th, for a day of fun easy to moderate hiking at Miller State Park, Pack Monadnock.

I’ve hiked this little journey many times with and without a group.  It is a fun and peaceful hike between the summits – always a little busier with potential for a small crowd at the peaks.  On a clear day we can see through to Boston and a view to Mt. Monadnock.

The park gates are closed in winter but open to hiking and outdoor recreational use all winter.  We will assemble at the gate, hike up the Wapack Trail, 1.4 miles to Pack Monadnock at 2,290’ for a total elevation gain of 840’.  From the summit we will continue on 2.3 Miles to North Pack at 2,200’.  We’ll return to Pack Monadnock and connect with the Marion Davis Trail for a 1.4 mile steady descent back to the parking area.

It is hard to believe – but meteorological winter is almost over – so sad!!  At present I am anticipating a bare boot hike with maybe a little bit of mud tossed in.   If you have them, bring your micro spikes just in case – ice can loom in the hidden troughs of a trail.  Unless nature takes a dramatic swing for one last winter punch, no snow shoes required.

For more information about the park and a brief history, go to:

This trail climbs at a reasonable pace with no rock scrambles and levels out in places.  The forest is pristine and the trails are well marked with blazes. We will be taking short breaks as needed and lunch along the way, probably at the North Pack summit. Have hand warmers as a backup in case your hands get cold. 

It’s March, temps will vary so check the forecast the day preceding the hike.  Layers will likely be needed but with a little luck Mother Nature will give us a blue bird day in the 40’s.  Bring a lunch, snacks and two liters of water.  Make sure your pack is big enough to store all your clothing.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Directions:  Park Address is 13 Miller Park Road (Route 101), Peterborough, NH  03458.  We’ll meet at the gate for 9:00am.  Parking is along the roadway.  Google or MapQuest directions from where you are coming from.

I’ve not been charged in the winter, but in the summer the entrance fee is $4 – have singles just in case.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Spencer, MA

United States

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richardc Posted Mar 6, 2018 at 2:15 PM

I'll bring my snowshoes, too, just in case.

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