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Past Hikes by Author:
My past hikes will give you an idea of what kind of conditions may be on top of the mountain, in a particular time of year. Conditions can change especially in winter so pay attention to the weather. The mountain can go through freeze thaw cycles and go from snow covered to ice. The summit averages 10 degrees colder than the base, and above tree-line the mountain is quite exposed to the elements. Follow the weather before hiking and be prepared! For more information go to Trail News+Weather page.
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My Past Hikes:
Monday, January 17th, 2011: Today is Martin Luther King Day and it is forcast to be on the cold side, single digits and teens with little wind. With about a foot of snow on the ground I decide to hike with my new snow shoes. I hike up the Old Toll Road and put on my snowshoes at the Cart Path. I hike the Cart Path out to Point Discovery and Dutcher Point. There is a touch of morning haze but I can see the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Berkshires of Massachusetts in the distance. I see that nobody has hiked the Marian Trail, which sometimes doesn't get hiked for a couple of months in winter. I hike up the Great Pasture Trail to Monte Rosa. I take the old Smith to Marlboro Ridge Trail which nobody has hiked yet. With the temperature around 8 degrees F and hiking into a breeze the air does have a bite on my face but the view is spectacular. I hike up the Marlboro Ridge Trail and go to the summit in my snow shoes. Despite the fairly cold temperatures the wind is light and the sun is shining making for a pleasant day on the summit. I can see Mount Washington in the distance and it is blue sky from horizon to horizon east, north and west but a few wispy clouds way off to the south. I am dressed in top of the line winter gear. I hike down the White Dot Trail which is packed snow and with steep terrain I make good time heading down. I take the unbeaten path to Thorea's Camp. The trail is overgrown in summer and is a little challenging to follow in winter. The area is small and I recognize the ledge above the camp and head to it. I take the White Cross Trail then head to Inspiration Rock, Dismore's Tavern, Green Carpet Path and up Bald Rock. I take the Cliff Walk visiting many of the seats along the way and take the Hello Rock Trail to the Halfway House Site. I take the unbeaten Royce Trail and then cut across the woods to the Parker Trail using my GPS unit. I cross the Halfway House Trail and continue across the power lines through the woods off-trail and see ahead the yellow blazes. It is amazing with a GPS unit how you can hone into a location and head straight to it. I finish my day by going to Little Mountain. It is interesting to note that just about every trail on the mountain is packed in by hikers. I think more people are hiking side trails now than in past years. I get to my car and it is 9 degrees on the car thermometer. Conditions are going to change; more snow and a glazing of ice on top of the mountain is forecast for Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010: Today I hike up the Old Toll Road to the Cart Path. In the hardwood forest there is about 1 foot of unbroken snow. I go to Point Discovery and Dutcher Point. I take the Great Pasture Trail up Monte Rosa. There is one foot of snow with two foot snow drifts common on the Smith Summit and Amphitheater Trail. I take the White Arrow to summit which was hiked yesterday in the blowing snow but I am the first today and have to break through dense consolidated snow drifts above tree-line. I take the Pumpelly, Smith Connecter, Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock and Cliff Walk down the mountain. The icy spots are buried in snow and above tree-line it is not icy. I could have used snow shoes. The side trails were largely unbroken snow so I broke trail the whole time. My legs feel like I had a good work out. The side trails should likely be broken in soon but not today. It was a nice day; 100% sunshine, temps in the 20ís on the mountain, blustery on the summit with 50 mph wind gusts. Despite temps in the 20ís I still perspired much of the day. It is nice having a good winter hike and a nice tour of Monadnock after Christmas and burn up my holiday calories.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010: Today is forecast to be in the low 20's in metro Boston and some teens for high temperatures. Today I am dressed for the cold with long underwear, winter Gore-tex jacket and heavy fleece. Due to the cold conditions I opt to use hand-warmers in my gloves. I take the Old Toll Road to the Cart Path and go up to Point Discovery. The view is cut off to the distance due to snow showers but I can see the nearby scenery. There is an inch or two of snow on the ground making it look wintry. I head over to Dutcher Point and up the Great Pasture Trail to Monte Rosa. It is 9 F degrees with a wind of 25mph. I take the Smith Summit to the Amphitheater Trail by Black Precipice. I have an apple and nearly freeze my wet fingers in the single digit temps with a breeze. Having hand-warmers in my gloves helps but it still takes about 15 minutes to warm up my fingers. I take the White Arrow Trail to the summit. It is 3 F degrees on top with light snow and a wind speed of 30mph making a wind-chill of -20 below zero. That is 20 degrees colder than Boston today. I get a nice view to the southwest with brighter skies in that direction before snow envelopes the mountain. I cover up my face up to start back down, being fully exposed for a short distance. It is icy near the summit but I am glad I didn't have to put on crampons because I would freeze my fingers. I head over to Inspiration Rock and I find that it is 3:00PM and the sun sets right after 4:00. It is the shortest two weeks of the year. I decide to take the Smith Connecter to Bald Rock and take the Cliffwalk to the Noble Trail to the Sidefoot Trail. On the Sidefoot Trail in winter you get views of Perkins Pond from above the Halfway House Site. I take the Old Toll Road down as the red sky to the west fades. At 124 my car thermometer reads 13F degrees. Despite the cold you can still be warm if you are prepared. It is nice to enjoy the great outdoors and the spectacular winter scenery. I only saw tracks in the snow from one other early hiker up the White Arrow Trail and no tracks on any of the side trails except for animal tracks.
Monday, December 13th, 2010: It is foggy and there is no snow as I hike up Mount Monadnock. The temps are mild today and the Halfway House Site is muddy. I take the White Arrow Trail and there are some icy spots but not on a speck of snow on the mountain. On the summit it is 36 F degrees with fog and a little touch of mist. I descend via the White Arrow trail to Amphitheater to Smith Connecter to Bald Rock, which I like to take in the fog. I take the Noble Trail to the Halfway House Site. I only see one set of foot prints in the mud which are mine. It starts to rain as I head down the Old Toll Road but I don't mind.
Monday, November 29th, 2010:Today is forecast to be a sunny day in the mid-forties in the valleys with a frosty start in the morning. I hike from route 124, up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site and down the Royce Trail. I take the Cart Path out to Point Discovery. The woods are quiet with most of the birds flown south for the winter. The trees are bare, the sun angle is low and the wind is light today making for a pleasant hike. I hike over to Dutcher Point and up the Great Pasture Trail to Monte Rosa. I take the Smith Marlboro Ridge Trail which is no longer on the maps. The trail is spectacular going in mossy ravines and up on open ledges offering expansive views. There are some icy spots and ice flows in a few spots. I reach tree-line on the Marlboro Ridge and it is rather icy. I crest the ridge and notice that it is shiny all the way to the summit, glazed with ice like a donut. The Marlboro Trail is a northwest ridge that gets less direct sun than the White Dot or White Arrow Trails. I make it to the summit without crampons but it is quite icy. Ice flows fill the gully of the Dublin/Marlboro Trail and glaze ice from freezing rain coats the surrounding exposed rock as well. On top the wind is light and the sun is shining making it quite pleasant. I hike down the Pumpelly Trail going around the first drop-off because of the ice. The Pumpelly Trail is quite icy until I get past the Red Spot junction. I go to Town Line Peak then head back to the Smith Connector to Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock. I take the Cliff Walk going to all the seats along the way to the Parker Trail and Little Mountain.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010: Today is forecast to be a pleasant and cool autumn day with highs in the upper 50's in the valleys. I hiked a nice tour going up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site to Point Discovery and Dutcher Point, then up to Monte Rosa and Black Precipice, and then up the White Arrow Trail to the summit. On the summit it isn't too windy today, so it is pleasantly cool even on top. The views are expansive from Vermont's distant Green Mountains to the Boston skyline to a faint hazy Mount Washington 105 miles to the NNE. I then head to Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock and Cliffwalk going to all the seats then to Little Mountain. It has been a while to wait but the foliage has finally peaked on the south side of the mountain. After a nor-easter Friday it will be a little past peak by next weekend but the foliage should still be nice. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to hike.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010: Today there is a nearby coastal storm developing in the Atlantic Ocean to the south. I hike up the Old Toll Road to the White Arrow Trail and the trail is dry. It is breezy as I head above tree-line and I see showers enveloping the Wapack Ridge and nearby to the south. Clouds rush over the summit as I approach. As I make my final steps to the summit I am exposed to the full force of the northeast wind. The wind is very strong, about 50-60mph which can blow you over if you are not careful. I can lean into the wind and there is just a touch of mist. I am well dressed for the weather; winter gloves etc. I hike back down the White Arrow Trail which is shielded by the mountain from the full force of the wind. I can see Statten Mountain Vermont capped with clouds way off in the distance to the west. To the east there looks like some showers but there is a spot of blue sky overhead. I go over Bald Rock and the Cliff Walk going to all the viewpoints and seats along the way. The rain and windstorms of the past few weeks have stripped some of the leaves and the color isn't as brilliant as past years but the view is still fine from the cliffs and viewpoints.
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010: Today is forcast to be warm for this time of year; in the low 80's F in metro Boston with clouds and some sun between two strong low pressure systems. It is mild and breezy as I start up the Old Toll Road around 8:30. There is a lot of autumn foliage that is coming out and it is looking nice and colorful. I take the White Arrow Trail up to tree-line and I break a sweat. It is breezy at tree-line where I dry off. I see clouds blowing across the summit, however, the views are fine. At the summit I can see a cloud capped Statten Mountain way off in the distance in Vermont. It is brisk and cool on top. I descend over Bald Rock and down the Noble Trail, a nice hike over open ledges and shady spruce woods to the Halfway House Site. As I head down the Old Toll Road it is a fine day with low humidity with blue skies and cotton ball clouds.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010: Today is forcast to be in the 80's F in metro Boston with cloudy skies. I go to Little Mountain and take the Cliffwalk up to Bald Rock. Humidity is moving in today and clouds and fog blow across the upper barren cone like blowing smoke. The breeze is refreshing and with overcast skies it is refreshing. I take the Smith Connecter and go to Inspiration Rock and I can see the cloud ceiling just above. I take the Smith Connecter to Red Spot to Pumpelly and the fog recedes up to the very top of Monadnock. On the summit it is a bit brisk and there is hazy views with some fog blowing across the high terrain of the mountain. I take the White Arrow Trail to the Amphitheater to Black Precipice. I take the Smith Summit to Monte Rosa and the weather is very nice with a cool breeze and overcast skies there is no sun beating down. I decide to go down the Ledges from Monte Rosa and then to Point Discovery. The bugs are out a bit in the woods but at Point Discovery a nice breeze keeps the bugs away and the view is nice with haze cutting the distant views. I take the Cart Path to the Old Toll Road. Back at 124, it is in the 70's F and it turned out to be a nice pleasant day for hiking.
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010: It is forecast to be one of the hottest days in years with temperatures reaching 100F degrees in some places in southern New England with oppressive humidity. I hit the trail early at 6:00 AM and it already feels warm before I hike. It is very buggy with all the bugs out in force, such as black flies, mosquitoes, deer flies, and horse flies. The bugs are a nuisance in the lower elevations, I use bug repellent and I never get bug bites hiking up the mountain, even today. I hike up the Old Toll Road to the White Arrow Trail. There are a lot of flowers blossoming at the Halfway House Site. I break a good sweat reaching tree-line on the White Arrow Trail and there is a nice west wind blowing to cool me off. On the summit the wind is blowing about 25 mph out of the WNW. As far as visibility I can see Crotched Mountain poking out of the haze, Little Monadnock and Keene, NH. With a nice breeze blowing today I decide to hike the Pumpelly to Red Spot to Smith Connecter. I take a side trip to Inspiration Rock and go to Bald Rock. With the pleasant breeze blowing, I stop have a drink, cool off and dry off. I decide to take the Amphitheater Trail over Black Precipice then down to Monte Rosa. With the 15-20 mph WNW wind blowing I decide to take the Great Pasture Trail down the open ledges with a western exposure to the abandoned Sweetwater Trail to the Monte Rosa Trail. I take the shady Royce Trail to the Cart Path to the Halfway House Trail. We have been in a dry spell and the Halfway House trail is not muddy at all, a trail that can be a bit muddy. I stop and unwind at the 124 trailhead before heading home. Not a bad 6 mile (10k) hike considering the weather but a breeze blowing helped extend my morning hike.
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010: It is supposed to be a nice refreshing day in the 80's in the valleys with a breeze and a cool front coming through. I start early up the Cliff Walk and it is cool this morning. It has been a warm buggy season with lots of black flies and mosquitoes in the woods but with the cool breezy weather, the bugs virtually non-existant today. It is pleasant on the Cliffs and there is a cool breeze as I reach Bald Rock. I take the Smith Connecter to the Pumpelly Trail and do a Pumpelly Trail hike to Town Line Peak, then to the summit for a few extra miles. It is a fantastic day to hike the Pumpelly Trail with a refreshing breeze and a warm sun. The Pumpelly Trail follows the open crest of Dublin Ridge and today offers expansive views. It is still early on the summit, about 10:30, this spectacular summer day and there aren't too many people on top yet. I hike the Marlboro Trail then I take the Smith Trail to Monte Rosa a splendid summer hike with a WNW wind on its open ledges with views to the distant hazy Green Mountains. I hike down the Great Pasture Trail and down into the woods which still aren't buggy.
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010: Today forecast to be a hot day with temps topping out at 90 in the valleys. I hike from 124 to the Parker Trail to Little Mountain which already feels warm 8:30 in the morning. I hike up the Cliffwalk and cool off on Hello Rock which has shade and views. There is a bit of a breeze on the cliffs which help this morning. The air quality is good as I can see the Green Mountains to the west from Bald Rock. A cumulus cloud hovers over the mountain which makes for a more cooler hike on the open Smith Connecter to Amphitheater Trails which can be sunny trails. I hike up the White Arrow Trail to the summit. The views are fine and there is only a little breeze but the cloud overhead helps make it pleasantly cool. I hike down the Smith Summit Trail to Monte Rosa. A WSW wind helps make the Smith Summit Trail a bit refreshing. It is quite warm as I head down the Old Toll Road.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010: Today I am doing a short hike on a pleasant morning with blue skies with temps starting in the 40's F early this morning. The forest is greening over along the Old Toll Road and the fragrance of spring is in the air. Above tree line the wind is light and there is little haze with views to Vermont and Massachusetts. It is a little brisk on top and the view is clear except clouds block Mount Washington. I hike over Bald Rock on the way down to the Old Toll Road. The temp is in the low 60's F as I reach my car.
Monadnock Trails website: Author, Creator, and photos by Frederick Pitcher 2015
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