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Ascent of South Monoosnoc Hill on 2015-04-11

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Saturday, April 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Monoosnoc Hill
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1159 ft / 353 m

Ascent Trip Report

I ran a long out-and-back on the Monoosnoc Trail today, reaching the summit of South Monoosnoc, and also the nearby minor summits of North Monoosnoc and Bayberry Hill. The route also included short side trails, as the main trail doesn't go over all the summits.

I found a good map of the trail online, broken into three separate PDFs:

http://sholanfarms.com/documents/lh_monoosnoc_north.pdf
http://sholanfarms.com/documents/lh_monoosnoc_middle.pdf
http://sholanfarms.com/documents/lh_monoosnoc_south.pdf

I parked at the far northern end of the trail, at Doyle Conservation Center on Abbott Avenue in Leominster, MA, just off Route 2 (see the map of the north section of the trail). The trail headed southwest from the parking lot toward Merriam Avenue, and then followed the street north before turning west. I had a hard time following the section of the trail between Merriam Avenue and West Street, and I was wondering if it is even maintained or ever used. Maybe I was just having a hard time finding the trail and staying on it.

Once the trail crosses West Street, it follows a road uphill toward a large water tank, and then begins its long north-south traverse of this ridge. The trail is very nice from this point on. I recommend parking at the West Street lot if starting from the north. The trail is blazed with blue circles, and joining trails are blazed in yellow.

There are a couple of nice views on North Monoosnoc, and another nice view just below the summit of South Monoosnoc. The summit of Bayberry Hill is wooded, with no real views, at least not from the trail.

I turned around once I reached Bayberry. Maybe I'll be back sometime to do the southern leg of this long trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:639 ft / 195 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:639 ft / 195 m
    Trailhead:520 ft / 158 m
Descent Statistics



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