The Pumpelly Trail from Dublin Lake to the top of the region’s namesake peak is really two hikes in one. The first half is a pleasant walk through woodlands brimming with reminders of the area’s agricultural history. The second is a scrambling roller-coaster ascent over a ridge that extends northeast from Mount Monadnock’s summit. It’s the ridge section, gaining and losing altitude in 10-and 20-foot increments, that earns this hike its difficult rating and adds substantially to the elevation gains predicted by topographic maps. Still, the dual personality of this hike commends it as the only single trail that samples the full geographic range of the beautiful Monadnock Region. Special attractions: A quiet walk in the woods, a bumpy scramble above timberline, and the ultimate Monadnock view.
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