Get Fit Hike #2: South Pack Monadnock
Half Day Hike DATE: 05/02/2020 - 05/02/2020
Trip/Event Location: Peterborough, NH
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Thinking of getting in shape for a hike in the Whites, here is your opportunity to participate in a series of 3 hikes that will get progressively harder to get you fit for the upcoming summer hiking...
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'd like carpool with us from Manchester.
The hike began with everyone assembled in the parking lot of Miller State Park. The sun was shining and the temperature was a comfortable 60 degrees but breezy.
We began the trek ascending via the Wapack Trail in a forest of mixed maple, spruce and oak. After a strenuous rocky start, we managed as a group to keep a steady pace with a few rest breaks peppered here and there as we made our destination towards the summit. Upon reaching the summit, a few took turns climbing the steps of the observation tower where views of the Boston sky line could be seen from 50 plus miles away in the distance! We even saw snowcapped Mt. Washington!
After spending about 30 minutes enjoying the summit views, the group made our descent via the Marion Davis Trail. Although strewn with boulders, this trail traverses much less strenuous terrain than the Wapack Trail. On the 1.4 mile hike down to the parking lot, we passed through airy, wooded dells and soft spoken streams along our merry way.
Our loop hike ended at about 2:30 PM. Funny stories were shared as we enjoyed this much needed respite from the pandemic. A very fun and enjoyable afternoon trek as spring is unfolding in the Monadnock Region!
Our sincere thanks to all who signed up and made this hike immensely entertaining and enjoyable.
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- I thought the trails were closed. Sorry I missed it. - FlamingStream
FlamingStream May 5, 2020 at 10:19 AM
Comment: I thought the trails were closed. Sorry I missed it.