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Metacomet - Monadnock Trail: NH Section

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

18.3 mile 29.5 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,174' 1,272 m
Descent: -1,984' -605 m
High: 3,137' 956 m
Low: 948' 289 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)

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Trail shared by David Smith

This is the northernmost portion of the Metacomet - Monadnock Trail.

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Features Birding · Cave · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is the last portion of the Metacomet - Monadnock Trail, through New Hampshire. While the NET ends at the MA/ NH border, the M & M continues to Mount Monadnock. It starts from the MA/ NH border and runs to Green Woods Road. Here, there is a blue-blaze alternate that follows the road east past a historical landmark.

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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Looking north at the Pumpelly Ridgeline from the Summit of Mount Monadnock.
Mar 8, 2017 near Dublin, NH
Dublin Trail, Monadnock.
May 28, 2019 near Dublin, NH
Summit with view of Monadnock.
Aug 14, 2016 near Troy, NH
Wild blueberries.
Aug 14, 2016 near Troy, NH
Toward the summit.
Aug 14, 2016 near Troy, NH

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