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Mount Monadnock Smith Trail
Above: Smith Trail, Oct 27, 2014



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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:

Monday, October 27th, 2014: Today is a typical cool refreshing autumn day. I hike up the Old Toll Road and take a side trip to Little Mountain. The berry bushes are red and the nearby scenery is some nice past peak bronze foliage dappled with green pines and several ponds. I hike up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site then down the Royce Trail to the Cart Path. I head out to some viewpoints and head up the Great Pasture Trail up Monte Rosa. I head to the summit which is windy and cool. I hike the Pumpelly Trail to Town Line Peak. The views are splendid with clear views of the Green Mountains of Vermont as well as Boston. The White Mountains are hidden behind clouds. The foliage to the north of the mountain is past peak with many of the trees turning bare below. I take the Smith Connecting Link to Bald Rock and the Cliff Walk down to the Parker Trail. I go to all the viewpoints and seats along the way near the path. I head down the Old Toll Road as it is starting to get dark finishing a 9.5 mile hike.


Mount Monadnock Town Line Peak Frederick Pitcher
Above: Frederick Pitcher on Town Line Peak, Mount Monadnock
September 3rd, 2014

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014: It is a warm day forecast to be in the high 80's with low humidity in the valleys. I head up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site. The view is nice from the small pasture at the site. I hike down the Royce Trail to the Cart Path to Mossy Brook Trail to Great Pasture Trail up Monte Rosa. There is a west breeze that dries the sweat off me. I head for the summit of Mount Monadnock and it is quite breezy and pleasant on top. School just started everywhere and the mountain is quiet this week. There are only a few other hikers right now on top this afternoon. You can see Boston, the Green Mountains, Mount Moosilauke clearly and very faintly the distant Franconia Mountains. I hike the Pumpelly Trail to Town Line Peak and the Crag right before Cascade Link then retrace my steps back. I take the Smith Connecting Link to Bald Rock and take the Cliff Walk down. My thermometer read 67 F degrees in the shade on Bald Rock. I go to all the seats and viewpoints along the way. I take the Hello Rock Trail to the Old Toll Road. I finish my tour with a visit to Little Mountain.


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.


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Monadnock Trails website: Author, Creator, and photos by Frederick Pitcher 2014
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Jaffrey Weather Forecast, NH

The weather above is for the base of the mountain.