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Our Pack Monadnock Hike in June

06/15/2012
Towers at mountaintop

At the Top of Pack Monadnock

Ever since I moved to this area of New Hampshire I’ve been driving over Temple Mountain and past Miller State Park where Pack Monadnock is located. It’s the smaller mountain with big, Mount Monadnock in the distance and I live so close that it was ridiculous not to hike the trails there.

Yesterday was sunny and gorgeous. With temps near 70 and clear skies, my teenage son and I drove about 10 minutes to the parking area of Pack Monadnock and then had to choose a trail to climb.
Knowing nothing except that there was a yellow trail – the Wapack Trail, and a blue trail, we chose the blue one and began our 1.4 mile trek to the top.

Now, 1.4 miles doesn’t sound like much, but to someone who doesn’t hike much, it turned out to be a strenuous little hike for me. All together it took us about 2 hours, with a short stop at the top. However, coming back down was not easy either as we chose the other trail – yellow – which turned out to be very rocky, but with great views of Mount Monadnock. The yellow trail seemed to be very well worn and I assume it is the most used. The blue trail was narrower and in the woods, without views. Next time I would hike the opposite way – go up on yellow and down on blue. Live and learn.

Don’t expect great views from the top either – unless you still have energy to climb the tower!  There are probably great views from up there.  There is a sign that points to “Boston views” and I got a photo, but the trees partially covered the view.
The top of Pack Monadnock has a road and parking area, with picnic tables and a bathroom, but it does not have a clear 360 degree view like other mountains I’ve climbed. One spot has a nice view of Mount Monadnock as you can see in my photo below. And you’ll get other views like this on the yellow trail.  There is an Auto Road to the top so you don’t have to climb the trails, and it costs money to use it, but it was closed yesterday.   Read more at the Miller State Park site.

Here are some of my photos of what you will see on the Pack Monadnock hike.

View of mount monadnock from pack monadnock

Heading Down The Yellow Trail from the Top, View of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. 06/15/2012 9:07 am

    I envy you…living where you do. I have to make do with city blocks…and for “mountains,” I climb up and down the stairs in my 3-story apartment building. When I want to see beautiful scenery I come and visit your blog!

    • 06/15/2012 11:50 am

      I know you would love to climb that mountain. I was thinking of you while I was huffing and puffing away…hahaha..

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