That's a Wrap on Monadnock Trails Week
Thanks to hearty volunteers and numerous local partners and sponsors, we accomplished signifcant trail improvements at Mount Monandock and Gap Mountain during this year's Monadnock Trails Week, despite intense July humidity and heat. The Forest Society and NH State Parks worked together to host the 16th annual Monadnock Trails Week from July 22 to July 26, which included trail work, community-building events, and education programs.
The opportunity to be part of affinity groups, including female-identified and LGBTQIA+-identified trail crews, created a welcoming and inclusive environment for volunteers. A virtual presentation by Earl B. Hunter, Jr., founder and president of Black Folks Camp Too, built on the theme of working together to create unity in the outdoors.
On Monadnock's White Arrow Trail, volunteers and staff improved 100 feet of rocky trail and constructed two new drains, and on the Marlboro Trail, they added 130 feet of stone paving through a muddy section of trail. On Gap Mountain, volunteers added a new stone staircase at the junction with Gap Mountain Road. And, volunteer work at several trailheads — Old Toll Road, Gap North, Marlboro Trail and Dublin Trail — resulted in cleared brush, fresh paint and new signs to better welcome hikers to the trails, as well as a replacement roof on the kiosk at Old Toll Road.
By the end of Monadnock Trails Week, 42 volunteers had contributed approximately 550 hours to trail improvements. Forest Society staff and temporary crew leaders spent more than 336 hours leading and supporting the efforts.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the majority landowner of Mount Monadnock, holding more than 4,500 acres in the public interest. Forest Society-owned lands on Mt. Monadnock are leased to New Hampshire State Parks and together the organizations manage the park for the thousands of outdoor enthusiasts that seek its year-round recreational opportunities.
To help keep Mt. Monadnock safe and welcoming for hikers, the Forest Society and N.H. State Parks have hosted Monadnock Trails Week since 2005.