I broke my cardinal rule this afternoon - I never go hiking alone. I always bring someone with me, just in case we have any troubles along the way. But since Monadnock is classified as the most hiked mountain in the United States, I knew there would be plenty of people around. So I set off on my own this afternoon to hike Monadnock.
I took the Hinkley trail which starts off the Poole Road, and goes about .6 miles through the woods until it intersects the Harling Trail. I turned left on Harling and followed that trail until I reached the Cascade Link Trail, which is clearly marked.
Up until this point, the hike was pretty easy - a nice gradual climb through the woods.
I followed the Cascade Link Trail all the way to the Pumpelly Trail, which is not the most common way of hiking, but I was told I would have some nice views along the way. If you take the Cascade Link Trail you will go a LONG ways out of your way, and then double back when you get to the (more...)
Monadnock is known as the Most Hiked Mountain in the United States. It is also recognized as the second most hiked mountain in the world, second only to Fuji in Japan. There are nice views all around from the summit, and it's a hike enjoyed by many families.
This is a nice mountain, good trails, relatively nice (but not spectacular) views. But if you go hiking for the sake of the quiet solitude of the outdoors, this is not the mountain for you. Far too many people everywhere on the mountain!