Metacomet - Monadnock Trail: NH Section
ElevationAscent: 4,174' 1,272 m
Descent: -1,984' -605 m
High: 3,137' 956 m
Low: 948' 289 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)
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“This is the northernmost portion of the Metacomet - Monadnock Trail.”— David Smith
Features Birding · Cave · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
It follows an old road through the woods, then turns onto a newly made singletrack. There are a few trees down in this area. It follows the remainder of Monument Road to come out at Route 119. At 119, the trail turns left to follow it, then turns right onto Old County Road. It turns left off Old County Road at a monolithic stone foundation. At a swampy area, there's a bypass trail on the left that avoids some of the squishy areas.
From Old Troy Road, the trail begins climbing the ridgeline of Little Monadnock Mountain. The trail follows the ridge through Rhododendron State Park. The trail follows Prospect Street until it comes out in Troy, at the Railroad Depot. It follows Depot Street, then turns right to follow South Main Street. Since camping isn't allowed anywhere along this stretch, you may want to look for lodging options somewhere around Troy (if you're doing this as a thru-hike).
Leaving Troy, the trail veers left to follow Quarry Road. At the end of Quarry Road, the trail veers right (off the main road) into the woods. It follows this until it merges with Royce Trail. It climbs over the north peak of Gap Mountain, then descends down to the north parking area. It traverses a lemon squeezer of large boulders, then crosses Route 124. It coincides with Royce Trail to the White Arrow Trail, then follows White Arrow Trail to the summit.
If you wish to continue on a longer thru-hike, you can connect to the Monadnock - Sunapee Greenway. The M - S Greenway will take you another 50 miles north to the summit of Mount Sunapee.
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