HIKES & EVENTS

Hike to Monadnock Summit by a path less traveled

Full Day Hike

DATE: Oct 01, 2022
END DATE: Oct 01, 2022

Hike/Event Location: Jaffrey NH

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Relayer
Wayland, MA United States

Meeting Time: 9:30 AM

Max # People: 10

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

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate

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Summary

The mountain that Henry David Thoreau loved most was Monadnock.

During this Moderate looping hike we will travel about 5 miles and experience approx. 1750ft elevation gain, avoiding the popular White Cross/White Dot on the ascent.

Hike plan (generally following https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/mount-monadnock-via-parker-trail-and-cliff-walk-d5a28f8)  Beginning at Monadnock Headquarters car park, we will begin ascent on the Parker trail then soon switch over to Lost Farm trail.  Once at Cliff Walk trail, we will make a stop at Thoreau’s Seat, then proceed to Bald Rock (aka Kiasticuticus Peak), from which we will view and continue to Monadnock summit, following Cliff walk to Amphitheatre and then to White Arrow.  Descent will be via White Dot/White Cross (or convince me otherwise).

"Those who climb to the peak of Monadnock have seen but little of the mountain. I came not to look off from it, but to look at it. The view of the pinnacle itself from the plateau below surpasses any view which you get from the summit. It is indispensible to see the top itself and the sierra of its outline from one side.... It is remarkable what haste the visitors make to get to the top of the mountain and then look away from it." - Thoreau

Preparation/what to bring:  lunch, plenty of water, snacks, and a good collegial attitude

Social mixer/overnight:  following the hike, everyone is welcome back to my house in north Wayland MA to hang out and optionally pitch your tent in the back yard.  Dinner logistics TBD, but BYOB.  Address will be provided to those attending this portion of the event.

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

Location and logistics of the Monadnock HQ car park (carpooling strongly suggested owing to parking fee) https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/monadnock-state-park.aspx

Meet just outside of the Park Store (near the vending machines)

Note:  I am able to take up to 4 other hikers + gear from the Boston area, contact me to arrange

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Relayer

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Wayland, MA


United States
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Twigs

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Townsend, MA


United States
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emsinjp

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Jamaica Plain, MA


United States
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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Bolton, CT


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Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate


Bolton, CT


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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Tariffville, CT


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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Cambridge, MA


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rolshausenii

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Cambridge, MA


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dan410

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Leominster, MA


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Jamaica Plain, MA


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Discuss This Trip/Event
dan410 Posted Sep 28, 2022 at 12:04 PM

Hi Jason. That's fine. I could even pick you up in Townsend on the way to Monadnock if that's easier for you.

Twigs Posted Sep 28, 2022 at 11:32 AM

Dan would you be able to pick me up at the train station.... that way I can open a spot up in relayers car? I'll spot ya for gas money.

dan410 Posted Sep 28, 2022 at 8:30 AM

I live in North Leominster and I'm a mile from the North Leominster Train Station. I'd be interested in carpooling, either driving or riding with someone. I won't be able to attend the after hike social.

LewLasher Posted Sep 27, 2022 at 8:50 PM

I am, despite my GO profile that says I'm in Cambridge MA, still in "exile" in Stowe VT. So, unfortunately, I won't be going to the potluck. I'm not really in a position to carpool, either. And there doesn't seem to be any nearby "park & ride" facility where I could carpool for the last mile. In which case I'll just meet y'all at the park headquarters.

KeithES Posted Sep 27, 2022 at 3:16 PM

I’ll do the hike but will not stay for the social. Looking forward to it! Willing to share a ride from Boston as driver or passenger if anyone else plans for just the hike. See you on Saturday!

Twigs Posted Sep 27, 2022 at 2:34 PM

I'll be just doing the carpool and hike... got some crappy news this week, so afterwards I will be visiting family/friends to try to cheer them up....so gonna be looking for all of you to fill me up full of smiles and happy thoughts so I can spread them along afterwards. :)

Relayer Posted Sep 27, 2022 at 1:56 PM

hi all. last call for participation in the after-hike social/camp-over. if you plan to attend, please let me know what you will be bringing. I plan to cook up some good ole baby back ribs as my contribution. There will be alcohol at this event only if you bring it yourself. Plenty of room for any size tent on the lawn - full disclosure, there is a vocal pack of coyotes in the back woods :)

Relayer Posted Sep 22, 2022 at 11:53 AM

hey Mr Twigs - I can easily make a stop at that station since Leominster is on my way, let me know

Twigs Posted Sep 22, 2022 at 11:29 AM

JUST PUTTING THIS OUT THERE.... if anyone needs a ride to the hike ill be at the North Leominster Train station around 0830Hrs. From there driving up to the trail head. If you are looking to carpool. find your way there and lets meet up. :) North Leominster Station is located at 44 Nashua Street, Leominster MA

Twigs Posted Sep 21, 2022 at 8:13 AM

It appears that I have double booked this date. I'll try to make time slots but if I'm not at the trail head with you feel free to start with out me.... Relayer, thanks for the carpool idea but I'll be driving my own car now. Since it appears I have moring plans. Lol

LawrenceRB Posted Sep 2, 2022 at 11:33 AM

I will be camping at Monadnock State Park on Friday, 09/30. If anyone is interested, I have room for one rider who also is welcome to pitch a tent at my site for the night. I will not be attending the social.

Relayer Posted Aug 30, 2022 at 11:40 PM

hi all. I've heard tell that a potluck approach to the social mixer is the preferred the way to go. Please post your intent to participate in the social and what you'll be bringing. I plan to cook up some good ole baby back ribs as my contribution. Don't forget to BYOB

blkvgs Posted Aug 28, 2022 at 8:49 PM

Interested in car pooling if there is room. Or I can drive as well. I have room for three additional people in my 4Runner. Definitely won’t be camping but will get a Airbnb near by. If anyone is interested in sharing that space. Let me know!

blkvgs Posted Aug 28, 2022 at 2:50 PM

Interested in car pooling if there is room. Or I can drive as well. I have room for three additional people in my 4Runner. Definitely won’t be camping but will get a Airbnb near by. If anyone is interested in sharing that space. Let me know!

Twigs Posted Aug 24, 2022 at 2:33 PM

Willing to car pool. Mtn. Is about a 30min drive from me.

bix Posted Aug 24, 2022 at 2:26 PM

Interested in car-pooling and camping options. Thanks!

Relayer Posted Aug 24, 2022 at 1:08 PM

To clarify entry/parking fees charged by Monadnock State Park: a parking reservation (strongly recommended) will cost the vehicle owner a total of $16, which will allow taking in up to 6 passengers for no additional fee. Hence the carpooling recommendation

Relayer Posted Aug 24, 2022 at 1:06 PM

If there is enough interest, we could consider camping at Monadnock either before/after the event, see https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/monadnock-state-park.aspx for more details

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