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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2011-11-13

Climber: Dan Schwarting

Date:Sunday, November 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ascended Mondanock to finish off a summer-long section hike of the entire Metacomet-Mondanock Trail, starting in July from the MA/CT border at Rising Corner. Began in downtown Troy, NH, hiked M-M trail section 21 over Gap Mountain, crossed Route 124 (about a half-mile west of the White Arrow/Old Toll Road parking lot), and took the M-M trail and the White Arrow trail to the summit.

M-M trail is well-maintained but not overused, unlike many of the trails on Mondanock - a very pleasant hike. However, parking is prohibited at its junction with Route 124, so this is not a great way up unless you're specifically looking to hike the last section of the M-M. It joins the White Arrow trail about halfway up, and follows that trail to the summit - lots of foot traffic here, and it shows in the erosion evident on the trail.

60+ mph gusts at the top made for an interesting last bit of the hike. Ate lunch with hazy views of some distant peaks, and then descended the White Cross, Smith Connecting, Hedgehog, and Side Foot trails over Kiasticuticus Peak (shown as "Bald Rock" on the state park map). Getting to the old Halfway House site after eight miles, we got lazy and walked the Old Toll Road down to the parking lot.
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