Trip report

GET FIT HIKE #2: BURTON & HOLT PEAKS/TEMPLE MOUNTAIN HIKE

Half Day Hike DATE: 05/07/2022 - 05/07/2022

Trip/Event Location: Sharon, NH
US

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf , JDNnh

Max # People: 12

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

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Our second of four GetFit Hikes to get fit for summer hiking! We are taking it up a notch from our last hike with a hike on the Wapack Trail to Burton Peak [2,010'] with panoramic views of Mounts

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

The trailhead is located on Temple Road in Sharon, New Hampshire. It is NOT the trailhead off Rte. 101!

  • If you are driving from Manchester, take Rt. 101 West, pass the height of land where the trailhead for Pack Monadnock and Temple Mountain is, and as you descend to Peterborough take a left onto Rt. 123 South. 
  • Travel on Rt. 123 South for 4.0 miles and then turn left onto Temple Road.
  • Drive for 0.7 mile on Temple Road then park on the right in a small dirt parking area.
  • We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.

Trip Report/Photos
Featured Photo

Our goal for our second GetFit Hike this time was a few peaks in the Wapack Range: Burton Peak [2,010 ft.], Holt Peak [2,055 ft.] and the Temple Mt. Ledges. It was chilly for this time of year. It was breezy with a high temperature of 50 degrees so we layered up, wore gloves and a wools hats!

Right from the start we started to see trail runners with race numbers on their clothing. We encountered them all day. Some research when I got home discovered that the race was called TARC WAPACK AND BACK with 100 runners participating. The race consists of a 50 mile ultramarathon and an end-to-end trail race run on the 21.5 mile Wapack Trail. We were fine with our 7 mile hike with 1,500 feet elevation gain for today…LOL!

The trail followed and crossed numerous stone walls with numerous outlooks! About 0.5 mile into the hike we reached the open Sharon Ledges which allowed for some views; one was called the Roger Myrick Outlook with stunning views of the Spofford Gap, Kidder Mountain and well as the southern half of the Wapack Range. Our group of ten enjoyed pleasant conversations, catching up since we last met and making new friends during our journey.

This was a GetFit hike so we took our time going up each peak allowing us to get in shape for the upcoming summer hiking season! At about 1.5 miles we reached the summit of Burton Peak with a fine view of Mount Monadnock where we took a group picture. We then bagged Holt Peak at 2.4 miles and continued onward to Temple Mountain Ledges.

Our first stop was to check out these towering cairns off the trail on open ledges. Then we continued a bit further to check out the stones that were arranged into furniture where we had lunch. We took turns sitting in them and they were very comfortable to sit in! 

We retraced our steps back to our vehicles encountering more trail runners along the way and enjoying the views once more. What a fine group of hikers! Thanks to all for a great hike. Nicely done, everyone!

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Members That Participated

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States

Attended
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States

Attended
benj58

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Waltham, MA


United States

Attended
DaveSchumaker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States

Attended
regularguyma

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


BOSTON, MA


United States

Attended
Ricardo

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Boston, MA


United States

Attended
mtrunner

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Madison, NH


United States

Attended
Joel02139

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate


CAMBRIDGE, MA


United States

Attended
Carl_B

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Leominster, MA


United States

Attended
sustaining member
jconroy

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Beverly, MA


United States

Attended
sustaining member
russneal

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy


Harrisville, NH


United States

No Show
Krzysztof

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Newfane, VT


United States

No Show
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