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Ascent of Little Monadnock Mountain on 2015-11-15

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Monadnock Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1890 ft / 576 m

Ascent Trip Report

For a "dessert" hike, I headed over to Fitzwilliam to hike Little Monadnock Mountain after bagging Indian Arrowhead.

I started out by following the right branch of the Rhododendron Loop through the famous groves (not in bloom- would definitely be worth a return trip when they are) to the Little Monadnock Trail junction; I turned right here. The LMT approached the mountain side at easy grades, passing through some old logging slash. It then got steadily steeper, with a scramble thrown in to spice up the hike. Near the top, the trail paralleled and crossed a neat stone wall, then climbed to the open, ledgy ridgecrest, where it met the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. There was a view toward Mt. Monadnock and Gap Mountain at this spot. I turned left (south) and followed the M-M Trail to the summit (dodging some blowdowns in the process).

Not much for views from the top (although the summit was distinct, open, and rocky), but I spent about 10-15 min. here eating some snacks and drinking some water, then headed back down the way I came.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Rhododendron Loop Trail, Little Monadnock Trail, M
    Trailhead:Rhododendron SP  1190 ft / 362 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast



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