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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2013-05-04

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

After parking across from the gate and gearing up, I set out on the Old Halfway House Trail.

The trail was generally easy and passed through nice woods and over gently sloped terrain. Near the end of the trail, there was some mud. Shortly before the Halfway House site, the Cart Path intersected, and after I passed that, I was at the site, which has good views toward Gap Mountain. The black flies were swarming me, which made standing still annoying. I then headed up the White Arrow Trail.

The trail was steep in parts and looked like it followed an old road. Luckily, I was able to negotiate the steep below-treeline parts without any problems. Soon after the steep, there was a cliff to the left with superb views. I took a pit stop here and then headed to the south face of the mountain.

I eventually hit the treeline, and this is where the trail became hairy in spots, especially at a couple spots near the top. At the last tough part before the end of the trail, I had to stop and think for a minute about how I would climb it. I did, though, and then I turned left and darted to the summit, which was packed as usual.

I didn't stay long, as more and more people were coming, so I decided to take the Smith Summit Trail to Monte Rosa. It began a few feet after the end of the White Arrow Trail and was similar to that trail, but less difficult. After reentering the woods, I got to the junction with the Ampitheater Trail and later the Fairy Spring Trail. The Smith Summit Trail continued to Monte Rosa; I followed it to the summit, which had a big arrow on the summit and had views all around. After taking a breather, I headed down the Fairy Spring Trail, which passed by a spring, and then varied my descent by going down the Royce Trail, which is also the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail.

The Royce Trail was very similar to the Old Halfway House Trail. It passed the Cart Path early on, and then gently descended past stone walls and eventually state land signs to NH 124, which I walked back to my truck.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1750 ft / 534 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1700 ft / 519 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Old Halfway House Tr, White Arrow Tr
    Trailhead:Old Toll Rd parking area  1450 ft / 441 m
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Smith Summit Tr, Fairy Spring Tr, Royce Tr
    Trailhead:Old Toll Rd parking area  



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