Crazy night outing. Day of planning for a weeknight overnight hike. We got there around 11:30pm and slept on the summit for sunrise. We then return to our vehicle and went to work. A great mountain for this kind of foolishness.
Ten other Brandeis students and I hiked this mountian this fall. We were very glad we got an early start because there were 7 bus loads of middle-schoolers hiking up as we were hiking down. If you live near Boston and don't want to drive far, this is a good hike. Bare summit and some of the hike is above tree line. I will probably be hiking this one some more becasue it is so convenient.
Evening climb to see the fireworks in the surrounding towns. Local fireworks are modest afairs but Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Boston are visible on the horizon. All spectacular. All completely silent. Very very memorable.
First hike with my future wife. We both agree that we fell in love that day. We have now been married for 5 years and counting. Went back a few years later to hike with our 2 year old son.
Shorter route than Pumpelly, less crowded than the trails from the South.
Last time up I was greated by a 30 member church choir singing hymms. Aaahhhh back to nature.
Never have I ever climbed a mountain where I wanted to leave the mountain and head to a city to escape from all the people. Welcome to Mt. Manadanock the second most climbed mountain in the world. Many of these people must be fit though because this mountain is far from the easiest mountain to hike.
I almost turned around because it looked like it was going to be very foggy on top. Luckily the cloud broke a little after I began my summit climb. The White Dot Trail began out very easily but changed rapidly after hit a sign pointing that it was the most direct route up. The trail was rocky, steep and extremely worn down. It proved to be more difficult that I anticipated. It was hard to get any peace and quiet due to the seemingly tons of people on the trail. When I finally made it to the top I was greeted with a mixed view that was some covered by the clouds.
On a clear day though the views are great. Due to overcrowding, I’ll take the White Mountains any day over Mt. Manadanock. Still by most other standard this mountain was not a bad hike at all.
Given that I live in Boston (actuallly 10 miles NW) this is a great little mountain for training. It also cuts down on the commute time if you dont feel like drving to the Whites.
In my opinion the best time to climb this is in the Winter.
The Cascade trail to the Spellman and/or Pumpelly is the most challenging although the White Dot is the fatest route. When the snow fills some good lines appear. Nothing technical although some 30-50 degree pitches can be found and free climbed. (see pics)
Summer time brings out all the wannanbes...but some nice solo and bouldering can be had.
Okay. So I couldn't resist. I grew up in Keene, NH. and climbed to the top of Monadnock with my father when I was 5 years old. It was my first peak. We walked for a long way through the woods until we got close to the summit - then it was all rock. All I can remember is that it was a sunny day and we ate our lunch at the summit. Once on top it seemed like you could see forever. Although it's just over 3000 ft. it is the tallest peak for miles. It really does provide great views of the area. It was a wonderful day. Now I climb in the Pacific Northwest with my son.
I've hiked up this peak 45 times over the past few years - sometimes for fun, sometimes to train - This is definitely one of my favorite hikes - Especially, during the winter.
Also, if you ever get the chance, do this mountain as a night hike. It is a wonderful experience to look out over all of the small NH towns as they light up!
I live close to this mountain; it is my Favorite to clime when I do not get time to go up North. I think I have broken all my boots and gear in on this mountain :-)
Well worth visiting, they say this is the most climbed mountain in World!
http://www.tmclark.com/monadnock.html (As the Author has already posted)
I've "climbed" Monadnock many times -- fall, winter, spring, summer. This is a great little peak.
9/21/02 - Did this as a warm-up for the Whites and Katahdin ona trip out east. Nice rock ridge walk but tons of people on the summit. Got off trail on the way back and scrambled over to find the correct one. Weather cleared up as the day went on so we had decent views from the summit back.
10/9/16 - Bit of nostalgia going back and doing this one. The aim of this year's trip was to bag the VT 4000ers so we had some extra days and wanted to do this one again. Unfortunately, it was rainy and socked in all the way up. Remnants of Hurricane Hermine decided to stick around a day longer than forecast. Fun hike up the Pumpelly Trail again though. Clouds started lifting a bit on the way back and then we had excellent weather for the rest of the week. Someday I will get back and do this one when it's a blue sky day.
Well, maybe I will get back when it's nice weather. 8/18/17 tried again via White Dot Trail up but it rained, then rained, then rained some more. Ruined my cell phone and passport in my backpack. Very windy up top, absolutely no views and pounding rain made this a heck of a workout. With Brian and Ben Clate. We'll see if we give this a go in another two years and what the weather is then....