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Above: Mount Monadnock on a clear arctic cold day January 23rd, 2013




Past Hikes by Author:


My recent hikes will give you an idea of what kind of conditions may be on top of the mountain, in all seasons.  Hiking 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.

My Past Hikes:

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012: Today is forcast to be 25 degrees with a northwest wind in the valleys. I want to do a long hike of Mount Monadnock.  I hike up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site down the Royce Trail to the Cart Path to some viewpoints up the Great Pasture Trail to Monte Rosa. There is some snow showers in the area, flurries are in the air,and the air temp is 13 degrees. I head down some ledges and go to the Monte Rosa Trail to the bypass to the Tooth. I hike up the Smith Summit to the Amphitheater trail past Black Precipice. The Amphitheater Trail is icy in spots. At a semi-open spot I have an apple. I take the White Arrow Trail and at tree-line that first slab of ledge is icy and is a little tricky to hike without wearing ice traction. There is only a speck of snow on the mountain but there are icy spots. On top in a sheltered spot I have peanuts and M+M's. Nobody else is spending any time on top. My thermometer still reads 13 degrees and on top there is a 35 mph wind out of the northwest. This is more like a typical winter day where there is a bite to the air. This early winter season so far has been relatively mild. I am well dressed for the elements. Today it is hazy but yesterday there was expansive views that were as sharp and clear as you can get, except distant mountains obscured by snow showers. It was more mild yesterday. I hike the Pumpelly Trail and I notice the thin black ice that was prevalent yesterday has evaporated in the wind and dry conditions. Yesterday microspikes were handy but the rock is mostly bare today. I hike the Pumpelly Trail to Town Line Peak and to the crag near Cascade Link and return to Town Line Peak then to the Red Spot Trail down to Doric Temple. Decsending the Red Spot Trail there is a section of solid ice flows and there is no way to avoid it so I put on my micro spikes. I use care descending, take my time, I am using two trekking poles, grabbing onto trees, and finding steps in the ice flows. I make it to Doric Temple and find the micro spikes work well. I return back up the Red Spot Trail. It is a little easier ascending ice which is typical. I take the Smith Connecting Link, go to Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock and take the Cliff Walk down to the Parker Trail going to all the viewpoint along the way. I head down the Old Toll Road to 124 having a great 10+ mile tour/hike of the mountain this short early winter day. I tracked the distance on my GPS unit.


Monday, November 14th, 2011: Today I decide to do a nice tour of Mount Monadnock. I start early right at the first light of day. It is mild morning. It was in the 50's in Nashua and in the 40's at the start of my hike with a high in the 60's today. This time of the year it can be highs in the 40's with a hard freeze in the morning. I choose to start with a little woods walking. I take the Hinkley Trail and with the freshly fallen leaves along this lightly beaten path seems to blend in with the woods this early morning. The Hinkley Trail is marked by yellow markers. I take the Harling Trail to Cascade Link to the Spellman Trail. The Spellman Trail is very steep but I like the views and the hike. I head to the Pumpelly Trail then I go to the far side of Town Line Peak enjoying the views from the cliffs. I head back and take the Pumpelly Trail to the bald crag near the Cascade Link junction. It is brisk on this exposed crag but the view is nice with a hazy Green Mountain Range in the distance. I head back up the Pumpelly Trail and return to the cliffs of Town Line Peak. I head up the Pumpelly Trail which is a fine open ridge to the summit. It is remarkable that the deep snow at the beginning of the month is just about gone now. It is still morning on top and it is brisk and chilly. I have a windbreaker, fleece, gloves, hat on while I am wearing shorts. On the summit there is nobody else on top. I have peanuts, m+m's and an apple. I head down the Smith Summit and take a side trip to Black Precipice. I head down to Monte Rosa to the Ledges trail enjoying the views of Gap Mountain, Little Monadnock, and Perkins Pond. I head to Point Discovery, to the Cart Path, to the Halfway House Site, to the Hello Rock Trail, to the Cliff Walk. I go to all the seats, up to Bald Rock, Inspiration Rock and down the Telegraph Line to headquarter. Admittedly I haven't done all the Telegraph Line. I lost it on the way headed down a steep slope then found it near the Lost Farm Trail and continued down to the headquarters. I decide to head down to the bottom. Prior to 1920 there was no Poole Road. I head down Poole Road to Dublin Road by the Ark and return back up Old Keene Road to Headquarters. On my GPS unit I did 11.7 miles today on Mount Monadnock, had the summit to myself, and I only passed 3 hikers.


Tuesday, November 1st, 2011: It is a nice treat to get out and snow shoe the mountain already this early in the season. Today I get a late start on the mountain just after 11:00AM. I decided after the recent big snow on the mountain that I would snow shoe up Monadnock on some abandoned trails.  I hike up and break trail and enjoy the snow, the woods and the cascades. It is great to get out and snow shoe Mount Monadnock.  I hike up and work my way through deep snow (about 4 feet deep) climbing up at tree-line. I take the White Dot Trail to summit in my snow shoes.  From the summit south the view is grand with the rock and snow covered summit dome, the spruce evergreens below, in the valleys rust colored trees mixed with pine, and a hazy coastal plain beyond.  I descend the same way and enjoy the scenery as I descend. I notice the snow is melting rapidly in the lower elevations even in one afternoon.


Thursday, October 27th, 2011: This afternoon and this evening several inches of snow is forecast for the Monadnock region but the roads should be fine.  As much as I hike Mount Monadnock, I rarely hike in bad weather.  The driving in the hill country can get real bad.  I also have hiked the mountain so many times I can hike above tree-line in low visibility.  I also am prepared for full winter conditions (see Winter hiking page).

I decide to do an afternoon hike of Monadnock in the snow.  At the Old Toll Road, Route 124 trail head; sleet and some snow is mixing in with the rain.  I hike up the Old Toll Road to the White Arrow Trail.  A short distance up from the Halfway House Site the mix turns to snow and starts to coat the ground in spots.  Above tree-line despite the snow and fog a faint Bald Rock and Monte Rosa is visible.  With snow coating the rock it looks just like the middle of winter.  The hiking conditions are slick but I use a pair of trekking poles to aid me.  On the summit I watch the wind driven snow blow over the barren summit.  It is snow covered with a few inches of snow in spots and a bit icy.  The visibility is about 100 yards on the summit and the temperature is 29 degrees this mid-afternoon with north winds blowing 30 mph.  As I hike down the White Arrow Trail the wind lightens up on the south slope of the mountain.  The spruce evergreen trees are starting to get a good coating of snow.  I go to Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock and take the Cliff Walk down.  The view below to the bright trees from the cliffs are faint with fog and light snow falling.  Below Hello Rock the snow fall starts to pick up more.  I enjoy the lower end of the Cliff Walk in the snowy woods viewing the sagging trees with yellow, orange and red leaves on them and snow falling, coating the ground.  I go to Little Mountain and visibility is low and the snow is falling moderately.  It is good to finish my hike because my gloves and I are starting to get damp.

I drive down 124 and the road is getting slushy in the higher elevations.  Route 202 wasn't bad but route 101 over Temple Mountain was real bad and covered with slick wet snow.  The vehicles ahead of me go 40 mph, then 30, then 20 and near the top we stop with a disabled vehicle ahead.  We get going but a bunch of cars pass me in the left lane and after they clear, I spin my wheels over the top of the pass and in the slick conditions I had to pump my brakes all the way down hill (I don't have anti-lock brakes). I think I need new tires.   It was a nice wintry hike but the driving was rough.


Tuesday, October 18th, 2011: Today is a beautiful cool partly sunny autumn day. I head up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site and it is nice and colorful. I hike down to the Cart Path to go to a few viewpoints nearby and enjoy the scenery and color. I hike up the Great Pasture Trail to Monte Rosa. The color is actually better today than yesterday. The recent windstorm has stripped the early season foliage but a second wave of late season oak is coming out. I take the Smith Summit to the Amphitheatre Trail to Black Precipice and up the White Arrow Trail. The scenery is splendid with the autumn color. From the grey barren ledge you see a ribbon of dark spruce evergreens below and beneath that is the golden glow of the Oaks dappled with green pine. At the summit it there are no groups (I got a late start today). The visibility is very good and the views are expansive from Boston, MA to the Green Mountains of Vermont. To the north the trees are getting bare but the color brightens the scenery to the south. I take the White Arrow Trail to the Amphitheater Trail to Smith Connecter. I go to Inspiration Rock and Bald Rock. I take the Cliff Walk to Parker Trail and go to all the seats and enjoy the brilliant colorful scenery along the way.


Wednesday, September 21th, 2011: Today there is some morning fog in the valleys, as well as, on the mountain.  I am doing a short morning hike of Monadnock.  From 124, I hike up the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site. I see a white tailed deer at the Halfway House Site. I head up the White Arrow Trail and break a sweat. I cool and dry off at tree-line. I head up and see some fog blowing over the summit. The wet rock of the summit is glistening in the sunlight and the valleys are blanketed with fog. It is a beautiful morning on the mountain and the scenery is magnificent. It is about 8:00 AM and the temp is 50 degrees on the summit with a relatively light breeze of about 15 mph out of the southeast. I head down over Bald Rock and down the Noble Trail to the Old Toll Road.


Wednesday, August 17th, 2011: After two days of rain, today is going to be a perfect New England summer day with low humidity, sunshine, lows in the 50's and high around 80 in the valleys.  I want to do a nice morning hike of Mount Monadnock.  I take the Old Toll Road to Fairy Spring Trail to Monte Rosa.  The visibility is very good with the Green Mountains and Berkshires visible in the distance.  There is a touch of fog from the leftover moisture.  All the rock is slippery, even the exposed rock, not just in the woods.  I hike up the Smith Summit Trail.  I like to stand on all the spots, but this morning the Tooth is unusually wet, slick, and too dangerous to go up.  A fall of 10-20 feet can break bones.  Sometimes in winter if it is smothered in ice so I stay off the Tooth then as well.  I take the Amphitheatre Trail to Black Precipice to White Arrow Trail to summit.  This morning I can see a hazy Mount Washington 105 miles away as the crow flies.  It is a beautiful, pleasantly cool, breezy morning on top of Mount Monadnock.  I take the Pumpelly Trail to the Red Spot Trail to the Smith Connecting Link which was taken off the maps a few years ago.  It is a very nice open hike with superb views of the summit cone the entire way.  I take the Smith Connecting Link to Inspiration Rock and Bald Rock.  I take the Cliff Walk to all the seats and viewpoints along the way.  It is warming up on the sunny cliffs.  Hiking all over the cliffs is a splendid hike.  Hello Rock's southeastern view has a spruce tree for shade to relax and enjoy the view and meet up and chat with 2 hikers hiking up the Cliff Walk.  I head to the Parker Trail and go to Little Mountain on this pleasant day.  I hike down the Old Toll Road to 124.  Today was a perfect morning for a 6 mile hike in which I had the summit to myself and met just 3 hikers on the trails.


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Above: Early Morning Hiker, Black Throated Blue Point, Cliff Walk



Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Today is forcast to be 90 degrees in F in Boston, MA and Nashua, NH without high humidity.  I hike up the Old Toll Road to the Parker Trail and go to Little Mountain.  It is warm and sunny on Little Mountain a little after 9:00 AM.  I take the Parker Trail to the Cliff Walk.  The mosquitoes and black flies are out today, especially in the lower elevations.  I break a good sweat hiking up the steep sections ascending up to Hello Rock.  The views are good from the cliffs of the Cliff Walk.  It isn't too hot yet so I go to all the sunny view points along the way.  I go to Bald Rock and Inspiration Rock where there is a nice 15 mph breeze out of the west.  I take the Smith Connecting Link to the Red Spot Trail to the Pumpelly Trail.  I can faintly see Stratten Mountain in Vermont, as well as, Mount Ascutney and Mount Kearsarge in NH.  Puffy cumulus clouds build up like popcorn but not too much today to cause thunderstorms.  On the summit there are about 50 people around and I get a good seat with a view and a breeze.  I snack on M+M's, peanuts, and an apple.  There is about a 10-20 mph breeze out of the west that makes it refreshing on top.  Also fully exposed to the west wind is the Smith Summit Trail.  The views are superb and I hike into the breeze descending the Smith Summit Trail to Black Precipice and Monte Rosa.  I hike down the Great Pasture Trail to Mossy Brook Trail.  I go to Point Discovery and enjoy the view, a light breeze and some shade at the same time.  I hike out the Cart Path to the Halfway House Trail.  The Halfway House Trail has a nice light cross-breeze from the west and it is more shady than the Old Toll Road.  There are some muddy spots on Halfway House Trail.  It is a bit warm for hiking, but not too hot and humid, and there was a breeze today.


Tuesday, June 20th, 2011: Today is forcast to be a mostly sunny day, with very low humidity (in the 40's F) and a high around 80 F in the valleys of southern New England.  I consider doing a double hike of Mount Monadnock today.  I like to vary my course on a double hike and water up at Falcon Spring.  I hike from NH 124 up the Old Toll Road to the Parker Trail and I go to Little Mountain, a nice spot.  I take the Cliff Walk up and go to all the view points and do the best cliff walking such as to the Matterhorn, What Cheer Point and Black Throated Blue Point.  I hike up to Bald Rock and Inspiration Rock.  I take the Inspiration Trail to White Cross, Thoreau Camp and head up the White Dot to summit.  The views are pretty clear.  I can see the White Mountains but a few clouds block Mount Washington.  There is a touch of haze looking toward the distant Green Mountains of Vermont as well as toward Boston's skyline in MA.  I do a Pumpelly Trail hike to Town Line Peak and the un-named Crag just before Cascade Link and back track.  It has been a while since I have done the Spellman Trail, the steepest trail on Monadnock.  I head down and it is very steep and slow going.  I enjoy the fine views descending the steep section of the Spellman Trail.  I re-apply bug repellent once I get into the woods so I don't get bitten.  I take the Cascade Link to Falcon Spring and refill on water and have a good drink.  I head to State Park Headquarters and hike to the pavement of Poole Road.  I head up the Red Cross Trail.  This trail known also as the Mead Brook Trail follows scenic Mead Brook, a vernal stream up to the Dingle Dell Trail.  Given the low humidity and dry hiking conditions I hike across the Dingle Dell brook crossing which can be slippery and dangerous.  I usually detour uphill and cross the small stream a little higher up.  I take the Muncy Trail to Inspiration Rock.  I head to 4 Spots and the White Arrow Trail to summit.  There is a little bit more haze on my second time on top of Monadnock today.  The view is still superb with the Green Mountains visible in the distance.  I take the Smith Summit Trail down and take a short side trip to Black Precipice then I continue down to Monte Rosa.  I take the Ledges Trail to the Monte Rosa Trail to the Old Toll Road.  Today was a perfect day to do a double hike of Monadnock.


Inspiration Rock Bald Rock
Above: Inspiration Rock and Bald Rock


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011: Today is forecast to be a pleasant warm day with low humidity.  I hike up the Parker Trail, to the Cliffwalk.  I go to all the viewpoints along the way including some not right on the trail such as Little Mountain, Matterhorn and What Cheer Point.  I go to Inspiration Rock and take the White Arrow Trail to the summit.  Visibility is decent for summer.  The Green Mountains are hazy but visible, Kearsarge is visible as well.  I chat with some other hikers for a while who visit my site and have an interest in the mountain. The Pumpelly Trail is nice and exposed to the breeze on this warm day.  I decide to go to Town Line Peak and Bruin Cliff.  I head back and take the Smith Connecting Link to White Dot Trail heading to Paradise Valley Trail.  I run into Larry Davis; the guy who hiked Monadnock every day for years.  We chatted a while and I checked out his interesting pictures of magnified ice formations etc.  I take the Paradise Valley Trail to Amphitheater to Black Precipice and Monte Rosa.  It is a beautiful day, not too hot.  I hike down to Point Discovery and enjoy the view and the breeze from the shade.  I head down the Old Toll Road, an 8.2 mile day, not bad for summer.  Even the bugs are not too bad today.  There can be a lot of bugs this time of the year depending on the humidity and if there is a breeze.


Rhodora
Above: Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense) on Mount Monadnock
on the Smith Connecting Link


Friday, May 27th, 2011: Today I hike up the Marlboro Ridge Trail.  Unlike the Old Toll Road and Monadnock State Park accessible by paved roads, Marlboro Trail is accessed by a rough road. Shaker Farm Road is more like a trail than a road plus it has giant potholes. The road in sections is a bit muddy and was recently quite muddy from the rains. I went 2 mph and I didn't bottom out my sedan. For those with higher profile vehicles it is a good idea to take it very slow and not beat your vehicle. The road is single lane in sections. These conditions are typical for Shaker Farm Road to the Marlboro trail as the road receives very low maintenance. I hike up the Marlboro Trail which is a really nice trail.  It starts with a birch, beeech, maple forest mixed with eastern hemlock in the very beginning.  Mosquitoes try to bite but higher up it isn't too bad.  A half mile up spruce mixes in and at .8 miles you reach the first ledges with fine views.  You then enter spruce forest and out onto more ledges to the Marian Trail where there is a beautiful spot right near the Marlboro Trail.  It is pretty warm as 90 degree weather is forecast for Nashua, NH; a warm location in southern New Hampshire.  The open ledges and views are beautiful on the Marlboro trail.  The trail steepens as you near tree-line.  Above tree-line there is a refreshing breeze.  On top there are a few dozen people scattered about.  I head back down the Marlboro Trail and think that this is a really a nice trail, but the road to this particular trail is very poor.

Monday, April 25th, 2011: There is just a little touch of rain as I hike up the Old Toll Road to White Arrow Trail.  There are only a few small patches of ice left on the trail.  I have no problem staying on the trail. Above tree-line I see one speck of fresh snow on the mountain.  Despite a touch of light precipitation I can see Stratten Mountain in Vermont popping out of the distant clouds.  In the distance to the southwest there is gray and it looks like rain but should stay down there.  The wind is light and it is pleasant on the summit.  I go to Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock and take the Cliff Walk to the Parker Trail which is a nice scenic hike down the mountain.  There is almost no snow left.


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2011: It is a cool early morning as I hike up the Old Toll Road to the White Arrow Trail.  The White Arrow Trail, because of the recent snow, has some traction and I bare boot it up the trail.  There is one icy spot I go around just below tree-line.  Above tree-line, there is traction in the snow.  I reach the summit without crampons.  It is 19 F degrees this morning on top with an NW wind of 30 mph.  I can see Boston, Mount Kearsarge, and Mount Killington in the distance on this overcast morning.  I hike down over Bald Rock to the Cliff Walk and down the Noble Trail.  There is one steep icy spot which I had to scamble down.  In the process I cleared the snow from the ice making the steep spot more icy.  The Side Foot trail is well beaten and slick.  I hike down the Old Toll Road then I go to Little Mountain for a little side trip up that beautiful spot.  I reach my car at 10:40 and it is a cool 31 F degrees on my car thermometer at the trail-head.


Wednesday, March 9th, 2011: It is a cool early morning as I hike up the Old Toll Road to the White Arrow Trail.  The White Arrow Trail has some traction and I bare boot it up the trail.  There is one icy spot I go around just below tree-line.  Above tree-line, there is traction in the snow on the well beaten path.  The final climb up the mountain recently was a steep snow covered climb and now much of the snow has melted.  I reach the summit without crampons.  The upper 300 feet above tree-line is in the clouds and blowing fog.  It is a foggy 22 F degrees this morning on top with an east wind of 30 mph.  I hike down over Bald Rock to the Cliff Walk and down the Noble Trail.  There is one icy spot where I had to bear hug a tree to get down but I just kick steps in the crusty snow down steep spots.  The Side Foot trail is well beaten and slick.  I hike down the Old Toll Road then I go to Little Mountain for a little side trip up that beautiful spot.  I reach my car at 10:45 and it is a cool 31 F degrees on my car thermometer at the trail-head.


Tuesday, March 8th, 2011: It is a brisk early morning as I hike up the Old Toll Road.  I pass the Half Way House Site and take the Royce Trail down to the Cart Path.  The Royce Trail has not been hiked recently and it is crusty.  On the Cart Path, I need to use care crossing Fassett brook because it is flowing high and the rocks are icy.  I go to Point Discovery and I see cotton ball clouds hovering around the distant Green Mountains of Vermont.  I go to Dutcher Point and then cross Mossy Brook on ice over a flowing stream.  An icy bath could ruin my hike.  I head up to Monte Rosa and take the Smith Marlboro Trail following my old snow shoe tracks which make nice steps in the mountain.  It is icy and I need to use care hiking.  The views are expansive to Vermont and Mass.  I head up the Marlboro Trail above tree-line.  The Marlboro Trail on the northwest side of the mountain is an icy gully flanked by ice glazed rock so I must put on crampons.  The views are stellar; I can see the white pyramid of Mount Washington 100+ miles away as clear as ever.  I hike down the Pumpelly Trail and near the Red Spot junction I take off my crampons.  I find it is still quite icy and on some slopes I have to kick steps into the ice crusted snow.  I go to Town Line Peak and Bruin Cliff and go to an un-named crag just short of the Cascade Link junction.  I head back and go to Town Line Peak again and head up the Pumpelly Trail, down the Red Spot Trail to the Doric Temple.  The Red Spot Trail is very icy in spots and I have to use a lot of care hiking.  I want to make it up and down the mountain in one piece.  I take the Smith Connecter to the White Dot, then I go to Thoreau Camp, White Cross Trail, Inspiration Trail, Smith Connecter, Bald Rock, Cliff Walk, all the beautiful spots along the way, and Little Mountain.  I head down the Old Toll Road to 124 and according to my GPS unit I did a 10.5 mile tour of Mount Monadnock.


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Above: Smith Marlboro Trail, February 1, 2011


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011: Today is forecast to be a chilly windy day with highs in the 20's in central New England but 10's on Monadnock.  Today the hiking conditions are good with a thaw and refreeze last week and with the cold temperatures today the snow is firm and crusty even on the lightly beaten paths.  Today I want to do a 9-10 mile tour of the mountain.  I start up the Old Toll Road and with the wind through the bare trees I have to put on a hood to block the wind.  I go to the Halfway House Site, down the Royce Trail to the Cart Path and with just one set of snow shoe tracks I can hike on top of the two feet of snow that is on the ground.  I head to Point Discovery, Dutcher Point and take the Great Pasture Trail up Monte Rosa.  The views are expansive today with blue skies and a northwest wind.  I take the Smith to Marlboro Ridge Trail (not on maps) to the Marlboro Trail to the summit. It is a 3.8 mile hike to the summit.  The summit isn't as icy as the past month and I summit without crampons or snowshoes for the first time in over a month.  It is 16 degrees F on top with 30mph winds which puts a bite into the air.  The views are distant; I can see the White Mountains and the white cone of Mount Washington 105 miles away as the crow flies.  I also can see the Boston skyline, Mount Greylock, MA, the Green Mountains, VT and ski areas off to the west.  I extend my hike by hiking the Pumpelly Trail to some view points and an un-named bald crag near Cascade Link.  The Pumpelly Trail is quite exposed to the biting northwest wind but it is a wonderful ridge top hike.  I head back, take the Smith Connecter to the White Dot then I go to Thoreau Camp and go to Inspiration Rock.  The hiking conditions are really good today but occasionally I punch into the two feet deep snow.  I can hike on top of the crusty snow above tree-line and just one set of snow shoe tracks keeps me on top of the snow.  On the heavily hiked White Dot Trail the snow is packed and slick; ice traction is recommended for the main trails.  I go to Bald Rock and take the Cliff Walk down checking all the viewpoints along the way.  I finish my hike by hiking the Parker Trail to Ainsworth Brook and to Little Mountain.  I hike down the Old Toll Road and my GPS unit reads 10.5 miles for the hike.  With so much to see, some slick conditions, some deep snow on the back trails and side trails of Monadnock, it takes most of the day.


Monday, January 24th, 2011: Today is forecast to be the coldest day in 6 years.  At the Old Toll Road on 124 my car thermometer reads -12 degrees F. I am fully prepared for arctic conditions.  In addition to all my top-of-the line clothing I bring an extra layer; a down jacket.  I also use heat packs in my gloves and boots to keep my fingers and toes from being cold.  I take the Cart Path out to Point Discovery.  I head up to the Valley Trail to Mossy Brook.  The way is not broken in and there is knee deep snow with a crusting layered in the middle.  I go to Dutcher Point and take the Great Pasture to Monte Rosa.  I take the Smith Summit to the Amphitheater Trail to the White Arrow Trail.  Just about all the maintained trails are hiked by hikers snow shoeing last weekend.  On the very top of the summit, the NW wind is about 25 mph and the temperature is definitely sub-zero (I forgot my thermometer).  You need to cover your face to see the view.  The wind isn't too bad today considering the arctic conditions, as soon as you head below the summit the wind is light.  I hike down to Inspiration Rock, Bald Rock, Cliff Walk to Hello Rock Trail.  I enjoy all the cliffs and viewpoints on the way down.  It is beautiful.  All the spruce evergreens are smothered with snow and ice.  The Hello Rock Trail is a shady tunnel of spruce leading to the Halfway House Site with it's cleared view.  I go to Little Mountain and then head down the Old Toll Road; a 7 mile hike in arctic conditions.  I get back to my car and it is 3 degrees and dips to zero as I drive 101 over Temple Mountain.


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