Mount Monadnock via Pumpelly Trail
Full Day Hike DATE: 07/05/2021 - 07/05/2021
Trip/Event Location: Dublin, NH
Trip Leader(s): emsinjp
Max # People: 10
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Strenuous
Spectacular Mount Monadnock is one of the most climbed mountains in the world. It's so famous that a geological term was named after it - a "monadnock" is defined as "an isolated...
The trailhead is on Lake Road in Dublin, NH (the summit is in Jaffrey). Lake Road leaves the south side of Rt. 101 2.4 miles west of Rt. 137 and 7.8 miles east of Rt. 124. The trailhead is on the left and is marked. Park only on the left side of the road (signs prohibit parking on the right). The roadside space is limited and parking will be at a bit of a premium. Also, if you enter "Pumpelly Trailhead" in the Google maps app, it will recognize that location and bring you exactly to the trailhead on Lake Road in Dublin, NH.
It was an absolutely wonderful, fun and carefree day for the five us hiking the challenging, 9-mile Pumpelly Trail on Mount Monadnock! Although the weather was predicted to be mostly cloudy, it actually turned out to be mostly sunny with some clouds, making for excellent hiking conditions and breathtaking views all around us. The hike is a stenuous one, mainly because of its length (it's the longest trail up the Mount by far) and one long, very steep stretch of the trail. Also, there's a lot of climbing over exposed and sometimes, short, steep stretches on the massively exposed summit area. Although we didn't encounter too many people on the trail (except for hop-scotching with one family with cute rug-rats!), the summit of the Mount was a bit crowded, as it tends to be on a good day - after all, it's the second most hiked mountain in the world (after Mount Fujiyama in Japan)! The views from the top were staggeringly beautiful - and Jeff made a good attempt to identify the numerous distant peaks to the north and east, including Mount Ascutney and the White Mountains. Our nice, restful lunch stop was followed by the long descent - and the panoramic views were even more breathtaking and awesome on the way down! After the long, 7-hour hike we finally reached the trailhead at about 5 pm and had a much-deserved rest over a little tail-gating with cider, beers and munchies. What a great adventure with great guys - Ricardo, Russ, Jeff and Mark! Ed
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