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Mt Monadnock Hike

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I have been talking with a friend form church about getting the kids out on a hike. Finally, with the spring weather finally here and us having limited weekends left in MA, we set a date for 27 Apr and planned our hike to the top of Mt Monadnock just over the border in NH. Last year, we hiked Mt Greylock, the high point in MA. While Monadnock is far from the high point in NH, it is a very pleasant hike. I took my two oldest (Heidi 6 and Paul 4) and he took his oldest (Logan 4). I picked him up, we drove up to the trailhead while Heidi read her American Girl books (a very avid reader) and the boys watched Curious George on the DVD.

We had an initial plan to high up the Marlboro trail but when we got to the ranger at the start of the Old Toll Road, he advised us that the road to that trailhead was inaccessible. So, we threw the initial plan out the window and decided to take the Old Toll Road to the Halfway House Site and then the White Arrow Trail to the summit. The route was 2.2 miles up and had a few options for getting back down. At the end of the Old Toll Road, we stopped for our first (of many, food helps keep small hikers energized and motivated) snack breaks:

In the clearing at the Halfway House Site, we found this bench carved into a large rock:

After the Halfway House Site, the trail got steeper and rockier and we started to get glimpses of the peak:

Finally, we made it to the summit and celebrated with some lunch:

Mt Monadnock is advertised as the most climbed mountain in North America. We were not alone on the summit, as you can see here:

We finished lunch and exploring and started back down. We took the Smith Summit trail to the Fairy Spring trail down, which got us back to the Halfway House Site. Here is a view over the valley on our descent:

Here is a picture of Paul on a large boulder with his "I did it!" pose:

By the time we got back to the Halfway House Site, the boys were pretty pooped, so we took it easy on the Old Toll Road on the way down.

On the way home, we stopped at a small ice cream place in Northfield, MA to celebrate (no pictures, but I think Logan had as much raspberry on his face as he did in his belly).

All in all, the kids did great. We may have been a bit ambitious and bitten off more than we should, but they made it! Despite a little bit of whining on the descent, they were real troopers and had a great time. There is some nice hiking in the West Point area (Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, Anthony's Nose, not to mention a short drive up the Catskills too) so we are looking forward to getting some more hiking in with the kiddos!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLITZEN40 4/29/2013 10:10PM

    Looks like a great hike. Cute pictures of the they slept well that night!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/29/2013 10:09PM

    Looks like so much fun! Glad that you all had such a fun day out!

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CHEMCHIC2006 4/29/2013 9:52AM

    Looks like a great hike! The pics are beautiful! So great the kids had a good time.

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CLWALDRO 4/29/2013 8:24AM

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I love that you have involved your kids in the hike. I also love the pictures. have an awesome week

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 4/28/2013 10:55PM

    Thanks for sharing! Love the pics... it looks like the kids had a great healthy day - with a superb view!
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NATPLUMMER 4/28/2013 11:19AM


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_LINDA 4/28/2013 10:58AM

    Fantastic photos!! Great way to spend family time! That is amazing such young children can cope with such a vigorous hike!
Well done to you all!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/28/2013 10:57AM

    emoticon Great pics!

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/28/2013 10:49AM

    Wonderful! Looks like a beautiful day for a hike! Taking kids hiking is so important, they will appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature their entire lives when exposed to it as a youngster. Good for you!!!

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    Looks so awesome

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GOING-STRONG 4/28/2013 9:47AM

    I did that hike a few years ago when we visited our friends who live in NH... it was a gorgeous October day and the leaves were changing. Certainly a lot of granite on that hike... thanks for sharing and bringing back a sweet memory.


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WILSONWR 4/28/2013 9:27AM

    Now that's my idea of a great day! Sounds like everyone had a good time even if the kids may have been a little tired at the end.

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AEROBISAURUS 4/28/2013 9:20AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/28/2013 9:19AM

    Awesome day! And the kids certainly earned their ice cream. Congrats on a great day.

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LARRI2010 4/28/2013 9:12AM

    I had not heard that Mount Mondadnock is the most climbed mountain in North America. It is so close (about an hour) that I really should make it a day trip someday. (There's another Mount Monadnock in VT, which is much less known and which was in my back yard growing up. I climbed that one a few times.)

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VISUALLYRICS 4/28/2013 9:00AM

    That's grand to take your children hiking in the West Point area...::the Catskills are gorgeous! One of your pics looked like your children were sitting in the palm of a hand. Those boulders are huge! ....::::perhaps the thought of emoticon treat helped them on the descent. Lol.

You are the emoticon Dad!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 4/28/2013 7:53AM

    so much fun!!!!

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JESSIKA_56 4/28/2013 7:29AM

    Sounds like fun! I wish I lived close to some hiking trails!

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MARINEMAMA 4/28/2013 7:18AM

    Looks as beautiful as I remember! We did several school field trips to hike there! I grew up in southern VT. Thanks for sharing..looks like tons of fun!

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