Climb Little Monadnock Mt. from Widow Gage Forest Parking Lot

2.80 miles

Fitzwilliam NH

800 ft. / -800 ft.

Take the blue marked trail from the Widow Gage parking lot. At the trail junction 0.2 miles from the parking lot, turn right (still on a blue marked trail). Follow this trail for 0 .2 miles slightly uphill and then steeply downhill. Just beyond a bridge crossing of a stream take a trail (orange markers) to the right. The M/M Trail is 200 feet up this trail. Turn right on this trail coming immediately to a seasonal brook.

 Follow the brook slightly uphill crossing it to the right at 0.1 miles. Climb steeply to the edge of the ridge bearing slightly left through a pine grove. At 0.6 miles the trail reaches the top of the southwest end of the mountain ridge. The trail is now marked with white blazes on ledges and trees where possible. At 0.8 miles the trail bears right and then left climbing steeply to ledges on the west side of the mountain with limited views back over Grassy Hill, Mt. Grace, Craig Mt, and Mt Toby. A side trail just beyond these ledges leads to a overlook with more extensive views. Reach the summit of Little Monadnock at 0.9 miles (Elevation. 1883 ft.). The summit is surrounded by heavy woods with no views.

Following the blazes on the summit ledges, continue slightly downhill for .2 miles to emerge on open ledges with extensive views across Rockwood Pond to Gap Mt. and Mt. Monadnock.

(A side trail to the right at this point leads down to the Rhododendron Park parking area.)

For more extensive views continue straight ahead (North) and follow the white blazes on the rocks and trees slightly downhill for about .2 miles. You will come out on an open granite ledge at the North end of the summit ridge. Here you will discover a 180 degree view of (starting to the right) Temple Mountain and the range of hills to its south, Gap Mountain (notice the notch in the middle), Mt. Monadnock, the Town of Troy NH, Mt. Ascutney to the Northwest and Vermont's Green Mountain ridge far to the West.

To return, follow the blazes back to the open ledges and then the true summit. Continue over this summit and bear right and steeply down off the summit to cross open ledges and a steep descent that follows. The trail then descends the southwest ridge of the mountain then through varied forest finally descending a steep gully and crossing a seasonal brook. Continue descending beside the brook. Where the trail takes a turn to the right look for a trail blazed with orange markers on the left. (There should be a sign here with an arrow and reading "Widow Gage Forest Parking Lot") Take this trail to the left. Shortly (200 feet) reach a junction with the Widow Gage Forest "Blue" (blazed) Trail. Go left on this trail. Reach another junction of the "Blue" Trail. Turn left at this junction to return to the Parking Lot.

Copyright 2016 Frank Bequaert (Copying permitted for personal use only.)

 

 

The current itinerary is highlighted in pink in the map below.