Local Hiking

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Trip Report: North Pack Monadnock

North Pack Monadnock. 2018-01-09 (Wednesday). Via Wapack Trail.  This one’s an easy walk in the woods, even in the snow. Bring basic traction and trekking poles, but otherwise, it’s not that challenging for anyone in suitable shape to go for a walk in the woods. Wintertime offers a stark take on the forest; a study in light and dark, and many times, black and white. The forest is distilled to […]

Trip Report: Pack Monadnock

A local quickie on a beautiful day! 19 December, 2018 It was beautiful out, so a hike was in order. I’m still getting used to shooting photos and video with the GoPro, so it was good on at least two levels. Oh, and the views behaved from the fire tower, so there’s a third level — Washington was visible, as were other prominent peaks in the Whites, and with careful […]

Trip Report: Mt Monadnock

Variety is the spice of life! Mt Monadnock, 3,165 ft. Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, NH. 2018-11-15. Via White Dot, Cascade Link, Spellman, Pumpelly, and White Cross trails. Approx. 5 miles, 3 1/2 hours.  Cloudy, 25 degrees F, approx 10 MPH winds at summit. Approximately 25 mile visibility. Ice in many places, micro spikes a necessity.  It’s always good to do the familiar in a different way. One of my faves is to […]

Trip Report: Mt Major

Happy Halloween Hiking!  Mt Major, Alton, NH. Halloween, 2018-10-31. (Wednesday) Via Brook Trail, Mt Major Trail.. Approx 3.7 miles, 2 hours.  42 dF. Overcast. Negligible wind.  For the money, you can’t do a lot better than this. While I hesitate to “choose favorite children” so to speak, this one’s a good one. Short, sweet, and fine views of Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains beyond. Hit the trail sometime in mid-afternoon […]

Training Hike: Mt Monadnock

Via the White Dot Trail. Trailhead: 1030. Summit: 1145. Car: 1300. The forecast put the chances of a t-storm at a flip of a coin. I’ve hiked that bad Larry in a tropical storm before, so what’s a little thunder? OK, I’m crazy, but not stupid. Our aim from moment one was to be off the mountain, or at least well down from the summit, by 1300. We did well […]

Shakeout Hike: Pack and North Pack Monadnock

Pack and North Pack Monadnock, via the Wapack Trail. Temple, NH.  75 dF, mostly sunny, light breeze.  3.7 miles; approximately 1 hour 45 minutes one-way.  Pack and North Pack with a new Pack. Last week’s trip to Eisenhower had a lingering effect. I’d fallen into a spruce trap and tweaked something in my foot. Not being one to slow down for something as trifling as a sports injury, I decided […]

Training Hike: Grand Monadnock

A beautiful day. Mt Monadnock, Jaffrey, NH. 2018-04-26. (Thursday) Via White Dot trail, and White Cross trail. Approx 4 miles. Mix of clouds and sun. Winds at the summit were in the 20-30 MPH range. 3 hours.  It was a nice day out. The snows are in major retreat all over — basically, this means the snowy areas are limited to the shady spots on the higher elevations. Microspikes are […]