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Monadnock Subalpine RockyBald


Above: Mount Monadnock Subalpine Rocky Bald zone in foreground


Subalpine Rocky Bald


The Subalpine Rocky Bald vegetation community is characteristic of mountaintops that have been burned over, are largely barren, and nearly totally denuded of soil. This zone is notable for pockets and patches of arctic alpine vegetation. The Subalpine rocky bald vegetation communities cover a narrow band on Mount Monadnock at the highest elevations. Vegetative communities above 3000 feet on Mount Monadnock are limited to small patches of ground level plants that would be considered characteristic of the subalpine rocky bald community. The vegetation are crevice communities and small pocket communities in areas of primarily exposed bedrock with shallow pockets of soil averaging about 1 3/4 inches deep (4.3 cm deep). This community contains no trees; however, mountain ash is present as saplings. Subalpine rocky bald is indicated by extensive areas of bedrock with only scattered subalpine vegetation, which is relegated to cracks and hollows. Other subalpine rocky balds in New Hampshire are Mount Cardigan and Mount Chocorua.


Below: Highland Rush (Juncus trifidus) near Monadnock summit


Highland Rush, Monadnock



Some of the vegetation in the Subalpine Rocky Bald zone on Mount Monadnock include; three-toothed cinquefoil (Sibbaldiopsis tridentata), common hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa), three forked rush / highland rush (Juncus trifidus), low sweet blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), mountain cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp. minus), sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia), mountain sandwort (Minuartia groenlandica), and alpine goldenrod (Solidago puberula Nutt.).  Cotton sedge (Eriophorum vaginatum var. spissum) is commonly found in wet boggy spots.


Below: Alpine Goldenrod (blossoms late July and August) near Monadnock summit


Alpine Goldenrod


The pages on the vegetation communities launched this spring has been revised and updated as of August 2011 to more accurately describe Mount Monadnock's unique vegetation.
Fred Pitcher has had 1325+ varied hikes of Mount Monadnock and has spent years researching Monadnock.  All images by Fred Pitcher
Sources:
"Monadnock Guide", Henry I. Baldwin, ©1970, 1rst edition, published by SPNHF
researched online sources such as "Wikipedia", "Google Images"
"National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England", by Peter Alden and Brian Cassie, 1998 edition, 2005 printing
"A.M.C. Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits", by Nancy G. Slack and Allison W. Bell, distributed by Globe Pequot Press ©1995
"The Description and Distribution of Natural Communities on Mount Monadnock, NH: Implication in the Face of Climate Change". MS thesis. Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. by David Mallard, 2008
"North Woods, An Inside Look at the Nature of Forests in the Northeast", by Peter J. Marchand, ©1987, distributed by Globe Pequot Press
"New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands/about forests and lands" website


Below: Mountain Sandwort (blossoms all summer) near Monadnock summit


Mountain Sandwort


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Monadnock Trails website: Author, Creator, and photos by Frederick Pitcher 2014
Use of the information on this site is the sole risk of the user.  The author is not responsible for the trails or anyone's ability to follow them.  In addition to the trails there are certain places in this website described that are off trail.  Anyone exploring Monadnock does so at their own risk.


Below: Mount Monadnock Subalpine Rocky Bald zone in foreground


Monadnock Subalpine Rocky Bald

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Jaffrey Weather Forecast, NH

The weather above is for the base of the mountain.