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  Hiking North Pack Monadnock
 
Hiking North Pack Monadnock
 

What to Bring

Hiking shoes   Windproof jacket
Fleece   Camera
Water   Snacks
Plastic bag for
trash
  Cap
Sunglasses and
insect repellent
(summer)
   
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston, take route 128 North to Route 3 North in Burlington
Take exit 7W for route 101A West -
Amherst
Take route 101 towards Wilton (exit on left)
Go back on route 101 A towards Wilton
In Wilton, take route 31 North (sharp turn to the right)
Continue on route 31 North until you reach Yankee Farm on the left
Right after the sign for Yankee Farm, take left on Russell Station Road for 0.8 mi.
Turn right on Mountain Road and drive up
the road for 1.6 mi.
Park on the right side of the road
  Good to know in advance
 
There is no sign for the parking lot – start
looking for it once you see signs for the
Wildlife area on the left side on Mountain
Road

No restrooms

  Etiquette
 
Bring back your trash
Dogs on leash at all times
 
   

ID Card

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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 1.5 hours
  Duration: Full day
  Cost:

Free

  Main activity:

Hiking

 
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Review
 
North Pack Monadnock is a modest summit but the hike up the mountain is rewarding experience, with great views from the summit on the surrounding wooded hills of New Hampshire.

If you are looking for a reasonably challenging hike to get back in shape before more arduous climbs, look no further than North Pack Monadnock. Compared to nearby Mount Monadnock, the hike up North Pack is relatively easy, but the trail is steep in some places and will give you the flavor of longer hikes in the White Mountains: a consistently ascending trail under pine trees and birches, nice views and places to rest along the way, and a rewarding summit experience.

The hike itself, which is using part of the Wapack Trail, is relatively short: the 3-mile round trip will take less than 2 hours if you are in good shape, but it will be tough to resist spending more time on the mountain to soak in the views and maybe continuing on Cliff Trail, beyond the large cairn that materializes the North Pack summit. Overall, you can easily spend an entire day there if you bring your lunch and hike at a comfortable pace. The summit itself is a good place for a snack or a picnic, with large, flat rocks to rest.

The only map available is the one displayed at the trailhead information board, but it is virtually impossible to get lost on the trail: from the parking lot, follow the yellow triangles signaling the trail on the left side of the road (sign for Wapack trail on the tree to the right of the trail); there is no intersection along the way.

The hike is mostly under the shade of trees, but some sections, including the summit, are exposed to the sun, and it is wise to bring a cap in summer; conversely, the wind can blow hard in any season, and a windproof jacket may make your experience at the top more enjoyable if you ascend on a windy day.

If you are tempted by the sign at the trailhead for Mount Monadnock (more than 7 miles round trip from the parking lot), the best option is to come back another day and ascend Mount Monadnock from its base: check the Big One at Mount Monadnock and the direct route to Mount Monadnock. Both hikes are more challenging and will require some scrambling on rocks and boulders.

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