Date Visited: September 17, 2016
Location: 116 Poole Rd, Jaffrey, NH
Trail Height: 3,165 feet
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Time To Allot For Visit: 3-4 hours (up and down)
Parking: There are several parking lots with ample parking but it does get busy and fills up during the spring summer and fall months
Dog Friendly: No
Highlights: scenic views, pretty flowers and trees, pretty rocky structures, birds, views of Boston skyline
Mount Monadnock Web Site: Mount Monadnock
Mount Monadnock Trail Map: Mount Monadnock Trail Map
Standing at 3,165 feet, Mount Monadnock is considered one of New Hampshire’s “easier” climbs (according to alltrails.com). But, before you lace up your hiking boots and pack up your car for the scenic drive to the majestic mountain in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, you may want to get a second opinion.
While it isn’t the hardest climb you will make, it also isn’t an easy climb, particularly for beginner climbers. I saw more than a few climbers taking breaks on the side of the trail to the top. But, it is worth all the hard work and time to get to the top when you see the views.
At the beginning of the trail, there is a reminder to not make or knock down the cairns on the trail.
The dirt trail at Monadnock starts off easy enough as a straight trail with a slight incline. From there, the trail gets tougher. The inclines become more drastic and the terrain turn rocky.
There are some pretty views on the way to the top. About three quarters of the way to the top of Mount Monadnock, there is an area to sit or stand and take in the views of the surrounding area. On a clear day, you can see the Boston skyline. You may be able to see it in some of these photos.
The trail gets slighly easier after the first 3/4 of the trail. But only slightly. Keep in mind this was my first hike up any mountain. So, it may be much easier for an experienced climber. In any case, there are several areas to take photos as you inch closer to the top.
Finally, I made it to the top. It took me about 2 to 2.5 hours to get to the top. Bear in mind I had a camera with me that I had to make sure I didn’t hit against a rock (I always keep the camera by my side and not in my backpack or carrying case because you never know when you might need to take a photo at a moments notice) and again it was my first time hiking anything this size. So, an experienced hiker without a camera would probably be able to complete the ascent in about an hour.
The views from the top are breath taking. Be sure to take a sweater with you, even if it is a warm day when you go, because the winds at the top of the mountain are very strong.
I had enough trouble hiking up to the top by myself, never mind doing it with someone strapped to my back like this guy!
Due to the geoloical makeup of Mount Monadnock, there are some little ponds of water and colorful grass at the top.
Keep in mind, Monadnock is a very popular attraction and the trail does get busy quickly, especially during ideal hiking days.
If you’re lucky, you may run into Larry Davis. Larry has been hiking Monadnock virtually everyday (rain, snow or shine). he has easily logged in thousands, probably tens of thousands, of hikes up and down Mount Monadnock. He also takes some beautiful photos from Monadnock on a camera with film. He was nice enough to pose for a few photos for me.
I found some other cool things on the trail. There is a flying insect of some kind that makes a clicking sound while it flies, signs of fall and some interesting rocks with names etched into them. The names etched into the rocks are the names of the families that lived at the bottom of the mountain or the surrounding areas and some are said to still live there today.
Mount Monadnock also has comfort stations and a general store at the base of the hill so you can refill the calories you will surely burn hiking.
In short, Mount Monadnock is the perfect hike for beginners and experienced hikers. Hopefully, I’ll see you up there soon!
Below are some videos from my hike at Mount Monadnock. You can hear the wind blowing in some of the videos.