Pack Monadnock Trail

Sharon, New Hampshire 3458

Pack Monadnock Trail

Pack Monadnock Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Two loops in one, a relaxing trek across a scenic ridge, and views stretching from New England’s highest point to its largest city highlight this adventure in southwestern New Hampshire. The hike takes place within nearly 3000 acres of contiguous conservation land protected from encroaching development through a partnership of public and private initiative at the local, state, and federal levels.

Together, these protected lands provide valuable habitat for moose, deer, fisher, and countless songbirds. Thanks to the collaborative efforts that have protected Pack Monadnock, we can all enjoy its natural and recreational values for many years to come."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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""Pack" is a Native American word for "little." Compared to Grand Monadnock (elevation 3165 feet), its neighbor 12 miles to the west, Pack Monadnock is little, but it is still big for southern New Hampshire. Grand Monadnock may be a grand peak with an open, rocky top, but it is also closed to canines. Pack Monadnock is dog-friendly and still offers excellent views, as far as Manchester and Boston to the east, Mount Wachusett to the south, Mount Washington to the north, and Stratton Mountain to the west." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"Pack (South Pack, to be specific) doesn’t attract as many hikers as its formidable neighbor Grand Monadnock, though a steady stream of vehicles chugs up the summit road in season. From the mountaintop on a clear day you can see—if not forever—at least to Boston and to the White Mountains. While you’ll share these panoramic views with the tourists, you’ll find solitude along the Wapack Trail, which winds for nearly 1.4 miles through heavy woodlands to the summit. This rugged footpath challenges young hikers with just enough rock scrambles and steady climbing to make things interesting but not overwhelming." Read more

Pack Monadnock Trail Reviews

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6/19/2018
I hiked Pack Monadnock on 6/16/18 as a solo hiker. I hiked up the Wapack Trail and down the Marion Davis Trail. The Wapack Trail was steep with rocky boulders at the start, which became easier for the rest of the trail. I thought that was the most challenging part of the trail. I did see a couple of other hikers with large dogs struggling at the start of the Wapack. Otherwise, I would rate the trail moderate. It was a clear day with good views at the summit. Surprisingly not oo buggy anywhere on the trail. This would be a great hike for anyone on average fitness. There are picnic tables at the top so you can enjoy a lunch there.
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6/15/2018
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5/15/2017
Hiked this a lot when I lived in NH in the 80's. Easy trails and pretty view from the top. I recommend it to everyone. We always had lunch at the top.
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1/1/2012
Guides not descriptive about the rock scrambling you need to do once you leave the parking area of Miller State Park to use the Wapack trail to the summit. Steep climbing areas in the beginning do eventually get a little easier. Lots of ice on the trail this time of year (January) so we had to "step to the side" to find safer footing. Views from the summit are great and worth the work to get there. Decided to use the auto road back down due to the ice hazards on the trail. A more difficult hike than North Pack Monadnock but none the less rewarding.
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5/25/2008
This is a very nice hike, and a great way to get aging legs ready for the bigger hikes to come this summer.
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5/8/2008
Fantastic trip over the first peak and down to the second. You can admire the path traveled from North Pack from the ledge pictured in the trail guide. Be warned however as you descend South Pack that you will be retracing your steps on theway back!
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9/22/2007
The Wapack Trail (all 21 miles of it) is an amazing trail system. Great Views from Pack, and North Pack (about an hour 1/2 hike from summit to summit - I reccomend the cliff trail) To get away from the Touristy Part of Pack, head south to Temple Mountain, Barrett Mountain, and eventually to mount "WhaDaHeck" down in Mass. There are two Campgrounds ($20 for four people) on Barrett Mountain so the entire Trail can be done in 1-2 days Its Easier to Hike North to South on this one, get the most strenuous part (Pack and North Pack) done first, then it is mostly ridge treking with +-500 feet elevation gain Amazing Hike
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Trail Information

Sharon
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
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Distance
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,480 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,290 feet
Top Elevation
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Peterborough South, Peterborough North, Greenville, and Greenfield
Local Maps

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Dec 2018