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Mount Monadnock Point Surprise
Above: Mount Monadnock, Point Surprise



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My recent hikes will give you an idea of what kind of conditions may be on top of the mountain, in all seasons. For more information go to Trail News+Weather page.

My Recent Hikes:

Sunday, July 27th, 2014: The parking lots have been nearly full on the weekends with the recent beautiful summer weather. It rains heavy into midday today this mild humid Sunday. The radar looks clear in Jaffrey in the afternoon after rain passes through. There are only two other cars in the 124 Old Toll Road trailhead at 2:30 PM this Sunday. It is probably still raining in Boston now, where a lot of hikers come from. It is rain free here in Jaffrey. I hike up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site. I hike up the Fairy Spring Trail to Monte Rosa. From Monte Rosa there are views and I could see a Perkins Pond as well as Gap Mountain in the foggy haze. Just above the mountain reaches into the clouds. It looks like it might rain so I head up the Smith Summit Trail. It is foggy above treeline. I reach the summit and I heard from another hiker that there were only 10 other cars at State Park Headquarters. I don't waste much time then I head down the White Arrow Trail. It gets dark grey as I reach the Sidefoot Trail. I decide to head down the Sidefoot Trail. The trail has wet slippery lichen covered ledges on it on the first 3rd of the trail. I reach the Halfway House Site and down the Old Toll Road. There are a few rumbles of thunder. Toward the west the sky looks brighter but to the south it is grey. It seems safe to make a quick side trip to Little Mountain. I can see the Wapack Range under overcast and grey skies. I hear another rumble of thunder then I head down to 124. There is only one other car in the lot and I saw two hikers heading up the mountain. I was a little incredulous that there were a few hikers going up given that there were some rumbles of thunder. I reached Jaffrey for a cup of coffee and the skies brightened and cleared towards Mount Monadnock. Later I looked at the radar and a storm developed and headed south missing Monadnock. It turned out to be a nice short quiet weekend hike on Mount Monadnock.


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014: I get a late start from 124 hiking in the afternoon. I walk up the Old Toll Road to the Cart Path. It is a pleasantly cool and breezy day. It is forecast to be in the 50's F in the region. In the hardwood zone on the south slope of the mountain the ground is getting largely bare and the snow is patchy. Above 2000 feet in the spruce zone there is 6-18 inches of snow depending on elevation. The conditions are quite icy on the mountain which is typical for this time of the year. The going was slow between the difficult icy sections and sinking into spring snow on the less used trails. I head up the Great Pasture Trail up Monte Rosa. There are some icy areas before breaking out of the woods and onto the open ledges that offer expansive views toward the Green Mountains of Vermont and Berkshires of Massachusetts. I take the Smith Summit to Amphitheater Trail to White Arrow Trail. Above tree-line there is more exposed rock and there are some areas of snow high on the mountain. On the summit Mount Washington is visible on this breezy day. Boston is also visible from the summit and the views are pretty clear. The temperature is about 40 F degrees on top with 40 mph winds. I return down the White Arrow Trail. I hike Bald Rock and use microspikes for ice traction which is a good choice descending Bald Rock. Just below Bald Rock the Cliff Walk is steep and conditions get very icy. I take the Noble Trail and in one steep section I was descending I hugged several trees and using micro spikes. Without ice traction there is no way down there. It drops off steeply all around this section of the Noble Trail. There is about 6 inches of snow on the ground and the conditions are icy as I head down. I reach the Halfway House site below snow line and I go ankle deep in mud. The sun is now setting on the horizon. I hike down the Old Toll Road and take a side trip to Little Mountain. The moon shines on the wet road as I head down to Route 124.


Mount Monadnock Winter White Arrow Trail
Above: White Arrow Trail, March 3rd, 2014


Thursday, March 3rd, 2014: My car thermometer reads -2 F below zero in Peterborough and reads 2 F above zero at the 124 Old Toll Road trail head. I am the first car in at 8:00 AM. I hike up the Old Toll Road to White Arrow Trail. There is a fresh coating of snow on top of the 1'-2' of snow that is already on the mountain. I use micro spikes for traction on the slick trail. Above tree-line there are no fresh tracks in the snow. The sky is blue and the views are clear. The wind is light and the March sun is nice. Just below the summit the White Arrow Trail gets steep and I search for steps in the snow. I climb up to the top. From the summit Mount Washington is clearly visible in the far distance. The visibility is superb, clear and expansive in all directions. I descend via the White Arrow Trail. I slide down the steep section from the summit then hike down to tree-line to the Amphitheater trail to the Smith Connecting Link to Bald Rock. I head down the Cliff Walk to the Noble Trail. The Cliff Walk is well tramped but there is just one set of snow shoe tracks on the Noble Trail. The temperature has climbed into the mid 20's F. I head down to the Halfway House Site to the Old Toll Road. I take a side trip to Little Mountain before finishing my hike just before noon.


Mount Monadnock Amphitheater Trail
Above: Amphitheater Trail, January, 2014



Tuesday, February 4th, 2014: Today is forecast to be in the 30's in the valleys. After a cold January with sub-zero temperatures and biting cold winds on Mount Monadnock it is nice to hike on a seasonable winter day.

I hike up the Old Toll to the Cart Path. There is about 4 inches of snow on the ground. I take the Great Pasture Trail up Monte Rosa. The pathway is a little slick in spots but not very icy. At tree-line there is about a foot of snow. There is a substantial storm that is forecast for tomorrow that will make the snow pack much deeper. Above tree-line it is quite pleasant without much wind. The sun is shining through some high thin clouds. The views are a bit hazy but I actually can see the white cone of Mount Washington 105 miles away as the crow flies. The Mount Monadnock summit cone is a bit icy. I reach the top without ice traction but I am using trekking poles for stability. I take the Pumpelly Trail to the Red Spot to the Smith Connecting Link on a beautiful pleasant winter day with light winds. From Bald Rock I take the Cliff Walk to the Point Surprise Trail. I go to and enjoy all the vistas to be found along the way.

The previous weeks there hasn't been many tracks on the mountain. In fact, one cold January day in the wake of some fresh snow I was the only hiker who hiked the mountain from 124, Old Toll Road. There were only critter tracks and tracks up the White Dot Trail that day. There are a lot of tracks in the snow on the trails, even on the side trails today. It looks like people where hiking all over the mountain this past weekend.

From the Point Surprise Trail I reach the Old Halfway House Site that offers a nice view towards the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the southern Green Mountains of Vermont. There is a blend of clouds and brighter skies. I take the Old Toll Road down and then I take a side trip to Little Mountain. It is a nice time of winter now with longer days and it isn't as cold.

Mount Monadnock Smith Summit Trail
Above: Smith Summit Trail, December 30, 2013


Monday, December 30th, 2013: I take the icy Old Toll Road from Route 124. There is a coating of snow on the ground today after a thaw melted away much of the snow that was on the mountain. It is a nice seasonable day for hiking in early winter. High up the mountain looks white. I take the Fairy Spring Trail to Monte Rosa. The trees are iced up and pasted with snow. It looks like a winter wonderland. I head up the Smith Summit Trail. I take a side trip to Black Precipice then continue up the Smith Summit Trail. I am the first hiker and I hike on memory because the marked trail is buried under snow. On the summit it is windy with 25 mph west winds with gusts to 35 mph. The temp is 17 degrees on top which is typical for this time of year. In a sheltered spot I am getting hit with blowing snow and ice loosened by some other hikers on the summit. I hike down the Pumpelly Trail. There is a fresh 2-4 inches of snow above tree-line on Mount Monadnock. I take the Red Spot to the old Smith Connecting Link to Bald Rock. The spruce evergreen trees are whitened and glazed with ice illuminated by the sunlight heading to Bald Rock. I hike down the Cliff Walk Trail to the Parker Trail. The trails are quite icy today.


Below: Bald Rock December 30, 2013
Mount Monadnock Cliff Walk


Tuesday, December 31th, 2013 Beginning at 7:30 AM today I hike up the Old Toll Road to the White Arrow Trail. It is very icy today and I use micro spikes. It is a beautiful morning on the mountain. On top the wind is light, about 5-10 mph. The temp is 6 F degrees on the summit. I hike down the White Arrow to the Amphitheater to Smith Connecting Link to Bald Rock. I hike down the Cliff Walk and down the Noble Trail. It is very icy and the only way down the Noble Trail is with ice traction. There is a steep icy section of the trail where the terrain drops off both sides of the trail. I head down the Old Toll Road which is sanded and the road is still icy.


Mount Monadnock Cliff Walk
Above: Autumn color on What Cheer Point September 30, 2013



Tuesday, September 30th, 2013: It has been great stretch of weather with cool nights and pleasant sunny days. The color is starting to pop now. Today is some nice shorts and t-shirt hiking weather. I start my hike about noontime and I am looking forward to check out the color along the Cliff Walk. I hike up the Old Toll Road from route 124 to the Cliff Walk via Parker Trail. The autumn color is looking pretty good from all the different viewpoints such as the Matterhorn and What Cheer Point. I take the Smith Connecting Link to the Pumpelly Trail. I decide I want to check out the foliage from the Parker Trail so instead of going to the summit I take the Parker Trail to Town Line Peak and an unnamed crag near the Cascade Link. The colors in the valleys are brilliant. I then head back to the summit. The sky is clear and blue and the sun is getting low. I hike down the Smith Summit Trail to Monte Rosa. I see the sunset at Monte Rosa then I head down to the Old Toll Road. Daylight gets dim as I walk down the Old Toll Road to my car. It was a great day to hike an 8.5 mile hike.


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Monadnock Trails website: Author, Creator, and photos by Frederick Pitcher 2013
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Jaffrey Weather Forecast, NH

The weather above is for the base of the mountain.