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mtruman
05-14-2011, 10:11 AM
After almost 7 months of being away from both the mountains and New Hampshire, this week we finally said "ENOUGH" and headed up to Mt Monadnock on Thursday. What's great about Monadnock for those of us in southern New England is that we can get there in a couple of hours less than it takes to get to the Whites (2 hours for us from RI) and still hike a "real mountain". I know that this is technically posted in the wrong forum since it isn't technically a "White Mountain Hike" but it is one of New Hampshire's best mountains to hike (as long as you know the secret of the trails).

We had a perfect bluebird day with surprisingly few people on the mountain and even more surprisingly few bugs. Escaped without a single black fly bite! We did our favorite combination of trails - White Dot, Cascade Link, Spellman, Pumpelly, White Arrow, Amphitheater, Smith Connector, Cliff Walk, Lost Farm, Parker - and hardly saw another person all day (which is one of the reason we love these trails). The wildflowers on the Lost Farm trail were giving a spectacular spring show and will be even better in another couple of weeks. It was wonderful to be back up north and on a mountain again and are looking forward to the summer ahead with lots more time in the Whites!

My blog post with all the details and pics is here: http://theramblingsblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/monadnock-ends-long-break-5-12-11.html

Pumpelly trail to the summit on a bluebird day!
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Hobblebush lining the trails
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Painted Trillium on Lost Farm
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Snow Miser
05-14-2011, 10:20 AM
Very nice report and photos Mark! Glad you two got out for a hike after so many months. And what a great day your photos show it to have been. Thanks for bringing us along.

sdways01
05-14-2011, 04:34 PM
Nice trip report. I was there that day as well and it was a great day for it. The bugs were bad in some places, but not as bad as the week before. I hike here quite often (10 times so far this year) and you are right about the side trails being much less used. The mountain is very interesting once you start getting into its long history.

mtruman
05-14-2011, 06:52 PM
Nice trip report. I was there that day as well and it was a great day for it. The bugs were bad in some places, but not as bad as the week before. I hike here quite often (10 times so far this year) and you are right about the side trails being much less used. The mountain is very interesting once you start getting into its long history.

Can't believe that we were there on the same day Adam - particularly considering how few people there were overall. If we lived closer I'd be there much more often too. Really love this mountain and am starting to get into more of the history. We need to start exploring it in other times of the year too - especially in winter. Just checked out your photos from this week. Nice! Maybe we'll run into each other up there on one of our future trips...

sdways01
05-14-2011, 08:48 PM
It is a completely different place in the winter and it changes a lot very quickly (day to day even). In the winter you see much less people, but even then you normally see at least one other. It was nice to be up there Thursday without many people, it's just going to get busier and busier until snow flies again.

JimS
05-14-2011, 09:25 PM
Love the signs of spring in those shots...that hobblebush is something in there! Great post!

KSearl
05-15-2011, 10:12 AM
Mark,

Great blog posting and wonderful report! It seems you hit this mountain perfectly. No bugs, minimal trail traffic, blue skies, great views, wildflowers...who could ask for anything more! Your Hobblebush and Painted Trillium pics are fantastic. Looks like the Spellman and Pumpelly Trails are a ton of fun too! Thanks for sharing!

Karl

1HappyHiker
05-15-2011, 11:46 AM
It's terrific for you and for all of us that your "long mountain drought" has ended. I've missed your superb Trip Reports which are always a delight to read, and it's a pleasure to see your photos which are so skillfully composed.

Like you, I also enjoy steep rock scrambles, and so the Spellman Trail would definitely be one that I'll try when I hike Monadnock!

As your photos demonstrate, the Hobble Bush is so beautiful when blooming in the springtime. I must admit, however, that my admiration of this plant is somewhat diminished when bushwhacking through large patches of it! There's a reason why it's called "hobble" bush!:)

John

freighttrain
05-19-2011, 04:58 PM
awesome I did my first hike on cardigan firescrew a couple weeks back.
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/225613_1693672427416_1405955038_31404480_8290779_n .jpg
ps spellman pumpelly is my favorite way up monadnock