Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail

Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Elevation Gain3,461ft
Trailhead Elevation1,264ft
Elevation Min/Max1221/3120ft
Elevation Start/End1264/1266ft

Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail

Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail is a hiking trail in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 1,264 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,461 feet. The Dublin Trailhead and Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Parking can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands along the trail. The trail ends near Monadnock Mountain (elevation 3,087 feet). This trail connects with the following: Gorge Trail.

Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A pleasant, booklet-guided nature trail on the way to Falcon Spring with cool, refreshing mountain water. Grand Monadnock is a wonderfully singular mountain. Located in rural, wooded, southwestern New Hampshire, Monadnock is one of the most beloved and democratic mountains anywhere.

At only 3,165 feet elevation, reaching the top is within the ability of nearly anyone—and the rewards are spectacular at this roadless peak. The broad, rocky summit overlooks a full-circle horizon, including all six New England states."

"A comfortable climb on a dirt road to dazzling views from a clearing halfway up the mountain. Grand Monadnock gets its preeminence as one of the most beloved mountains in the nation from its spectacular mountaintop views, accessible trails, and fascinating social and literary history.

This walk follows the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and other luminaries of the nineteenth century who walked or road stagecoaches up this road to the Half Way House hotel. Considered the most-climbed mountain in the country, Grand Monadnock always has someone on it. Late summer and fall are the most popular months, when you’ll see walkers and hikers of all ages and capabilities. Fortunately, the 40 miles of trails (five main trails to the summit and many connecting paths) disperse the crowds, except for Columbus Day weekend at the peak of autumn colors when all the trails are crowded."

"A cliff-side walk to the summit of one of the most-climbed mountains in the world. Mount Monadnock is one of the best-known mountains in New England. It is claimed to be the second most often climbed mountain in the world, after Mount Fuji. Visible from much of the southwestern corner of the state, the mountain is the highest point in New Hampshire south of the White Mountains, and it is also Boston’s closest “big” mountain. There are 40 miles of trails on the mountain, which provide numerous options for climbing the peak.

The most popular trails are the White Dot, White Cross, and White Arrow, which would best be avoided on summer and fall weekends if you are looking for solitude. Due to its length (4.5 miles one-way), the scenic Pumpelly Trail, which climbs the mountain from East Lake Road in Dublin, may be the best bet for a quiet trip during the busy season. Still, the trip described here makes an equally scenic loop from the Old Toll Road parking area, with the Cliff Walk providing a constant source of interesting views. Please note that dogs are not allowed on Monadnock’s trails."

"Behind Japan’s Mount Fuji, Monadnock is considered the second most climbed mountain in the world. Its name is derived from Native American words that are now used to describe any mountain with a unique geologic formation that stands high above its neighbors.

Mount Monadnock’s size, relative solitude, and barren summit, most recently torched by overzealous wolf hunters in the nineteenth century, provide some of the finest views in New England. A vast trail network scales the many rocky ridges that emanate from the high point, with most visitors conquering the peak from the Monadnock State Park entrance on the east."

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The Cliff Walk was excellent! Lots of varied terrain with a wooden ladder, rock scrambles, flatter areas, and vegetation ranging from pine forest with needles underfoot to subalpine with stunted trees and bushes and then deciduous trees . There were nice outlooks along the top of the cliff, and of course a great view when we got to the very top. We took the White Arrow trail down because it was quick, but next time I think we'll scout around for a different route down that isn't as eroded and straight.
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up the White Dot, and down the White Cross, on a fun-filled geocaching trip- trails were virtually snow and ice-freeabove treeline.
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fabulous hike - the trail was a little crowded, but very well worth it. the peak offers one of the most beautiful views Ive seen.
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There are many different trails that access the summit. In the fall we like to hike the Cliff Walk trail as it runs along the side of the mountain and give many spectacular views of the fall foliage. We just completed the Marlborough trail on Saturday and after all the rain that we have received I was amazed as to how dry the trail actually was. It was a beautiful view from the summit and a great day for hiking..

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USGS: Monadnock Mountain, NH; Dublin, NH
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Oct 2018