Seeing the Sights on a Shoestring-Climb Monadnock!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Hiking is a great activity for a family, a couple or to do alone. If hiking alone, I would recommend staying on a main trail that starts at the State Park Headquarters. Either the White Dot or the White Cross Trails are full of people. There is a $4/pp fee when entering the park at the Headquarters and at the Toll Rd. Other areas do not have a State Park Ranger taking the money.
My favorite trail is the Marlborough Trail. It is the shortest and steepest. Most days, it is a relatively quiet trail. You can learn more about all of the trails at:
The busiest time of the year to climb Monadnock is the fall. The views are spectacular! You can expect to see as many as 500 people on the summit at a time on Columbus Day Weekend.
According to Craig Brandon, Mount Monadnock in southwest New Hampshire is the most climbed mountain in North America and the second most climbed mountain in the world. More than 60 poems have been written about it, dozens of paintings of it are in museums around the world and 100,000 people hike it every year. It's a special and unique place and this site is dedicated to those who climb it, write about it, paint it or just love it.
I love Monadnock. It is a mountain that gives great views, a good climb and an new adventure every time I visit.
Photos by Jeffrey Newcomer www.nephotographyguild.c