Hiking New Hampshire
by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)
© Larry Pletcher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We found this to be a lovely and less-crowded route to the summit of Monadnock. While the summit was fairly crowded on a Sunday afternoon, we saw only a handful of hikers on Pumpelly.
The entrance was much easier to find than the internet suggested. Heading West .4 miles from the center of Dublin town (at the flag pole), you turn left on Lake Road and go exactly .4 miles. You will see a trail on the left with a sign 5 meters from the road, which is directly across from a brown cabin on the right lakefront.
The trail was easy to follow in the summer and had only one steep-ish section. We also took a swim in Dublin Lake after we came down, so bring a swimsuit or towel if you'd like to cool off.
We descended this trail from the summit. The trail is beautifully exposed, long and very interesting. Below treeline however, this trail is virtually unmarked! Be very careful to stay on the trial. In my opinion, trail keepers should do a better job keeping this trail maintained and marked.
A beautiful trail with wonderful views from about a third of the way up all the way to the top. The write up is exagerated though. It isn't even close to being any more dangerous than any other trail up to the top and the time that it took the author only leads me to believe that he stopped every five minutes. It took us five and three quarter hours but we stopped for lunch at the top and I spent about twenty minutes talking to the ranger. All in all though it is one of the best trails up to the summit. One other thing, when you're looking for the trail head watch closely NO SIGNS!!!!
A oouple of us took the Red Dot Trail up Mt. Monadnock intersecting with the Pumpelly Trail about 500ft below the summit. The Red Dot (starting off near the parking lot off of RT 202) is an alternative if you do not want to experience the full challenge of the Pumpelly. The Red Dot is a pretty good work out and has some nice vistas towards the Northeast looking out over the White MOuntains as you get to about 2200ft ( I had a GPS receiver hence that should be within 50ft +-) It was an uncharactersitically warm September day so when we hit hit the Pumpelly it was "warm" to say the least....The Pumpelly ran along the Monadnock ridge until we hit the summit which was well crowded with at least 50 people....but it is a big peak so there was plenty of room. So definitely recommended...
Pleasant day hike with many trail choices ranging from easy to class four scrambles. All are fairly well marked; however, be wary on the back side as trail markers can be few and far between. Spectacular vistas and a touch of history await intrepid trekkers on the top.
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