Ascent of Pack Monadnock Mountain on 2011-11-11

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Friday, November 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pack Monadnock Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2280 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

A friend of mine and I were originally going to hike Crotched Mountain, but the (handicap-accessible) trails were closed, and I didn't see any signs of other trails. Plus, there were "No Trespassing" signs along the road where the trails were, so we thought about other places to hike, and decided on Pack Monadnock.

This was my third ascent of Pack Monadnock. I have hiked it at least once every year since 2009. When we got to the Miller State Park parking lot and paid the fee, I opted to take the Marion Davis Trail up for a change.

The Marion Davis Trail was varied as far as steepness goes. Some parts of it were completely flat, some went uphill only a little, some went downhill, and others went steeply uphill. It kind of paralleled the auto road. It passed over a few streams, and it was very wet and muddy. Whenever we turned around, we got a view of Temple Mountain and the surrounding area. I saw a few towers, and I knew that we were close. After ascending steeply for a bit, the trail ended at the summit parking lot.

At this point, the summit was very windy and not many people were on it. The first thing I did, after getting a short video clip of the summit, was climb the fire tower, something I didn't do in my previous two ascents. The top of the fire tower was windier than at ground level, but the views were great. I noticed several peaks, some of which I've hiked, which included Grand Monadnock, North Pack Monadnock, and Temple Mountain (North Peak). I took a picture of my friend and I on the fire tower, and then we went back to the ground. I saw two summit markers, and I took pictures of them.

We explored the summit for a while, going to a few viewpoints, and then we ate "lunch" in the shelter, if you call granola bars, raisins, and chips lunch. We looked at one last viewpoint before heading down the auto road, which my friend wanted to take back to the base.

The auto road had a steep grade for a road, but we descended it quickly. Not long after, we got back to the truck and went home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Marion Davis Trail
    Trailhead:Miller State Park parking lot  1380 ft / 420 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Partly cloudy, cold, windy

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