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...k-5-12-11.html
Pumpelly trail to the summit on a bluebird day!
Hobblebush lining the trails
Painted Trillium on Lost Farm