Monadnock - East Peak Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,805' 550 m
Descent: -1,803' -550 m
High: 3,128' 953 m
Low: 1,359' 414 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 48% (25°)
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“This great loop provides a quick ascent of Mount Monadnock, and a safe descent with beautiful views.”— Ben Rosenberg
Features Birding · Views · Wildlife
The top of the mountain is a great location to enjoy the 360 degree views while you eat your lunch and enjoy some people-watching.
On your way back down, you'll be following the Pumpelly Trail. The trail can be a little difficult to spot, but leaves the peak pretty much directly east (left of the trail you came from if you're looking back from the peak). Follow the trail over rocky terrain across the ridge for about 1.4 miles. You'll pass the Red Spot Trail (after 0.3 mi) and Spellman Trail (another 0.4 mi) on your right before reaching Town Line Peak (2884 ft; another 0.2 mi). 0.5 miles after Town Line Peak (for the total 1.4 mi) you'll make a hard right to join the Cascade Link Trail.
Follow the Cascade Link Trail down until it rejoins the White Dot Trail (you'll make a left back onto trail) which will take you back out to the entrance of the park.
History & Background
Philosophers - Over the years, a number of famous writers have been included among Monadnock's devotees. These include Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Each as a "seat" along Cliff Walk Trail.
Land Manager: Monadnock State Park