Trip report

South Pack Monadnock

Half Day Hike DATE: 03/27/2021 - 03/27/2021

Trip/Event Location: Peterborough, NH
US

Trip Leader(s): Cblaiz

Max # People: 10

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

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Changing date to Saturday 3/27 due to weather forecast on Sunday.

Pack Monadnock, located in Miller State Park, is one of the sixteen New Hampshire Mountains with an active fire tower!

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Miller State Park is located on New Hampshire Route 101 just inside the eastern edge of Peterborough. It is just about across the road from Temple Mountain (the defunct ski area that is still open for hiking and such).

From Peterborough or anywhere west of there, take Route 101 east. After central Peterborough, there are two hills that have "climbing lanes" or "truck lanes." The second of these is where the park is. The entrance is on the left just before the top of the hill, where the climbing lane is about to end.

From anywhere east of Peterborough, take Route 101 west. After you pass Wilton, NH, you will come to two hills that have "climbing lanes" or "truck lanes." The second of these is where the park is. The entrance is on the right, just past the top of the hill. It's a bit hard to see, and it comes up quickly after you crest the hill. Be ready to turn right when you pass Temple Mountain on the left.

Contact us if you wish to carpool from Manchester.


Trip Report/Photos
Featured Photo

Couldn't ask for a better day to climb South Pack Monadnock.  Eight of us hiked up the auto road which was closed off to vehicles then took the summit loop after lunch and descended down the Marion Davis Trail.  It was a beautiful day, not too many hikers,  views to Boston and the Whites.   It was a comfortable 60° for most of the hike, there is very little snow left and we never needed micro spikes. We really couldn't have asked for a better day and are so glad that we moved it from Sunday to Saturday.

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Everything was special. Great companions! Many thanks. Thanks Chuck for efficient organization and thanks to David for the butterfly education. - Johnzjr
  • And by the way.. the butterfly was a mourning cloak.. and from the New England Naturalist FB I learned..Nymphalis antiopa come out of hibernation early and subsist on the rising sap in trees and rotting fruit. Once they mate and lay eggs they die... but there offspring get a few extra months to live. - DavidN
  • We will add our thanks, too.. great weather, fabulous views, and it was great to meet all of you! We realized on the way home that it had been LONG TIME since we had many anyone new in a social situation.. hope to see you all again! - DavidN
  • Sorry, Chuck. Uploads are being fussy. I think I'm over writing your featured pic. - NHGuy1028
  • Thank you, Chuck, for organizing today's hike. The weather was perfect. Great camaraderie with our group - never at a loss for conversations. I'm three hikes in three weekends. Looking to keep it going! What's next??? - NHGuy1028

Members That Participated

Cblaiz

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Manchester, NH


United States
Carl_B

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Leominster, MA


United States
NHGuy1028

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Merrimack, NH


United States
Mark S

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Manchester, NH


United States
DavidN

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Hadley, MA


United States
swimbod66

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate


Keene, NH


United States
sustaining member
rolshausenii

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Cambridge, MA


United States
Johnzjr

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate


Warner, NH


United States
Johnzjr Mar 28, 2021 at 10:14 AM

Comment: Everything was special. Great companions! Many thanks. Thanks Chuck for efficient organization and thanks to David for the butterfly education.

DavidN Mar 27, 2021 at 10:04 PM

Comment: And by the way.. the butterfly was a mourning cloak.. and from the New England Naturalist FB I learned..Nymphalis antiopa come out of hibernation early and subsist on the rising sap in trees and rotting fruit. Once they mate and lay eggs they die... but there offspring get a few extra months to live.

DavidN Mar 27, 2021 at 9:37 PM

Comment: We will add our thanks, too.. great weather, fabulous views, and it was great to meet all of you! We realized on the way home that it had been LONG TIME since we had many anyone new in a social situation.. hope to see you all again!

NHGuy1028 Mar 27, 2021 at 5:39 PM

Comment: Sorry, Chuck. Uploads are being fussy. I think I'm over writing your featured pic.

NHGuy1028 Mar 27, 2021 at 5:24 PM

Comment: Thank you, Chuck, for organizing today's hike. The weather was perfect. Great camaraderie with our group - never at a loss for conversations. I'm three hikes in three weekends. Looking to keep it going! What's next???

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