Crotched Mountain is one the many classic hikes in the Manadanock Region of New Hampshire. Though the summit has only very limited views, the surrounding ledges have breathtaking views off to the south, southwest and west of Mt. Manadanock and North and Pack Manadanock. This mountain is one of the better mountains to do on an evening hike where sunsets raise the views to their peak.
Summit views of Mount Monadnock
The hike to the summit is a classic to families in the region because it is among the easiest to hike. The trails are generally not very difficult with the exception to the Shannon Trail toward the top of the mountain. The Summit (Greenfield as listed the AMC Guide) and the Bennington are easy class 1 hikes, while the Shannon Trail (which combines with the summit trail throughout most of the hike) only gets near class 2 towards the ledges and the summit. The Shannon Trail though consist of most of the views, including the summit ledge and a clearing toward the begin called The Knoll.
VIA CROTCHED MOUNTAIN REHABILITATION AREA (1300'): From the intersection of Route 31 and 136 in Greenfield, NH, Follow the signs to Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Make a right of Route 31 at the sign Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center and continue up the road past the pond and up the hill. At roughly a mile and a half it comes upon a gated gravel road on the left with signs warning not to park at the driveway. This is the trailhead to both the Shannon Trail (well marked) and the Summit Trail (not well marked).
No parking fees. However stay on the trail and do not block the entrance.
When To Climb
Crotched Mountain can be climb at any time. However, April is not advisable do to mud season. In winter remember to use snowshoes and keep note about winter conditions. Though the summit is a low elevation, often the condition are much harsher than lower areas. Also use caution in winter using Shannon's Trail.
Crotched Mountain is on private land. Therefore there is no camping located on Crotched Mountain.
Best bet for mountain conditions is to contact the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center at (603) 547-3311.