Member Trip report
Mount Monadnock via Pumpelly Trail
Trip Report/Photos from Kettric
Very limited parking on the side of the road at the Pumpelly Trailhead. Remarkably dry trail conditions on the ascent with 2 miles of forest floor breaking to the second 2 miles of ledges and periodic rock scrambles for no more than 10 meters at a time. Very little ice and snow left of the trail except the falls about 1.5 miles in. Had microspikes but was easily able to navigate the 200' of icy conditions without them. Partly sunny and overcast for most of the ascent with some amazingly expansive views. Snowstorm rolled in as I was reaching the summit, prompting a quick turnaround to start my descent. Snow made the lichen and moss covered rocks a bit treacherous but was able to get back to the trailhead easily enough, and thankfully only lasted about 45 minutes before stopping. Only saw 2 trail runners all day, and still curious how they manage to run on the rocks I was sliding around on.
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