New Hampshire is known for amazing hiking, so it’s no surprise that one of the most climbed mountains in the world is right here in the Granite State. Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey hosts more than 100,000 hikers a year, making it one of the most travel, and most loved peaks on the globe. Here’s why:
Mount Monadnock may be one of the most popular hikes in the world, but that doesn't mean you should shrug it off. When you get to the summit you'll be too busy enjoying views of all six New England states to worry about the other hikes doing the same.
Each year, 120,000 hikers explore Mount Monadnock, making it the most climbed mountain in America. However, Japan's Mount Fuji is still the most climbed mountain in the world. The views from the summit of Monadnock are simply spectacular, particularly during the fall months.
Mount Monadnock is the tallest mountain in the area, so from the summit you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the Monadnock Valley. Of course, the way up is beautiful as well.
There are 40 miles of trails in Monadnock State Park, which includes 5,000 acres on and around the mountain. Although the mountain has a lot of traffic, you won't feel crowded.
The trails to the top passes through a variety of vegetation, as well as a few easy rock scrambles. Different trails offer differing distances and difficulty, but the White Dot Trail and White Cross Trail both offer relatively easy access to the top with plenty of ranger guidance.
Along the way be sure to enjoy the forest surrounding the mountain. Mount Monadock is known for having a variety of plants and animals.
Of course, the real gem occurs when you get the the bald top of the mountain. You'll enjoy views of Southern New Hampshire as well as all the neighboring states. Plus, once you get to the top, you'll feel like New Hampshire's newest hiking champion.
But when you drive away don't forget to take one last look at the view!