Mount Monadnock is one of the most-hiked mountains in the world, and one of the first places the Forest Society protected. You don't have to make it to the summit to experience all the wonders that Mount Monadnock has to offer! Join Forest Society land steward and Monadnock Trail Crew Member Julie Perron on a beautiful 4 mile loop hike on the southern flanks of the mountain- this off-the-beaten-path loop travels three Monadnock trails (Parker, Lost Farm and Cliff Walk) offering fine views without the crowds along with lush hardwood forests, babbling brooks and boulder outcroppings. There are several historical features along the way, as these trails were favorites among visitors to the Old Halfway House Hotel. This hike is part of "Meet the Mountain Day" which is organized by Antioch University's Monadnock Ecological Research & Education (MERE) Project.
Bring: A bag lunch and lots of water in a day pack, and wear sturdy footwear (hiking shoes, boots, or trail running shoes) and dress in warm layers.
Cost: There is no cost for the hike itself, but hikers will need to pay a Day Use fee for Monadnock State Park when they arrive ($5 adult; $2 children 6-12).
Difficulty: This hike is a moderately strenuous 4 mile loop. There are a few tricky boulders to cross and a wooden ladder to climb to ascend one steep area. If time permits, we will include a side trip to Bald Rock which affords excellent views of the summit and surrounding areas.
Meet: at 10:00 am on Saturday April 29th at Monadnock State Park Headquarters (end of Poole Road in Jaffrey)
Pre-registration is requested (below).