We did our annual pilgrimage to Monadnock this year in early SEP. We hike Monadnock just about every year, in different seasons. We’ve climbed it in all four seasons now, with this being our fall hike. We packed the RV and left early in the evening after the commuter traffic for the short 1.5 hour drive. We wanted to get to Jaffrey, park in Walmart, and get in a good nights rest before the climb.
Early rise, unbuckled the Jeep and headed to the trailhead. We typically take the white diamond/dot trails. We think next time we’ll try for a different trailhead on the opposite side of the mountain. It was a beautiful clear warm day but kinda crowded. Monadnock is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world, so we’re accustomed to a good number of hikers.
We’ve seen it rated from easy to moderate in different publications. Jo and I find it moderate as we’ve seen all types of hikers, so I’d say it’s a fair rating.
A few hours of hiking, some easy and some tough, it was a good hike. Spectacular 360 views at the top and a light breeze. We took a nice long break for lunch enjoying the views, then hike back down.
We then had a good rest in the afternoon, and spent the evening laying on the couch reading.
The next day we went into town for lunch, did some shopping, and then back to the RV to head home. Happy we had another wonderful weekend.