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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2013-07-18

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Monadnock with one of my friends. He hiked in Pawtuckaway SP with me way back in July 2011 (see TR for details) and hadn't been hiking since, and when I asked him if he wanted to hike it, he said yes.

We went up the White Dot Trail to make it fairly simple. The park staff member said there was a 30% chance of thunderstorms, but the weather wasn't even close to that.

Once we reached Falcon Spring, we took a long-ish water break and then headed up the steep section. This trail can rip a lot out of you if you're not fit or properly equipped, as it rises 1,800 ft in 2 miles. Since my friend hadn't been hiking in 2 years, we took it slow and took frequent rest stops. At the first viewpoint, he was amazed at it, and we took some pictures on a disposable camera we bought (I forgot my digital camera) and then headed to treeline.

Once we got to treeline, my friend was even more amazed. The grade was less steep, so we weren't as tired. At the summit, the temperature was cool with a nice breeze, and the views were the best of all, despite only 10-15 mile visibility. Skatutakee Mtn, Crotched Mtn, the Wapack Range, Gap Mtn, and Little Monadnock Mtn were visible, but everything beyond that was obscured by haze. There were also only five other people on the summit, the least crowded I had ever seen it. We took summit photos of us, ate lunch and stuck around for about twenty minutes and then headed down. When we began the descent, there were only two other people on the summit. That's what happens when it's midweek, 90 degrees out, and 1:45 PM at the time of the beginning of the hike!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 549 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 549 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:White Dot Trail
    Trailhead:Monadnock SP HQ  1350 ft / 411 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:White Cross Trail
    Trailhead:Monadnock SP HQ  



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