NH M-M Trail: Section 04 (Widow Gage Forest junction to Summit Ridge of Little Monadnock)

1.10 miles

Fitzwilliam, NH; Troy, NH

+497 Ft. / 24.6 ft.

True Summit of Little Monadnock
True Summit of Little Monadnock
Western View from ledges near the summit
Western View from ledges near the summit
Volunteer at Work (Come Join Us! )
Volunteer at Work (Come Join Us! )
Monadnock and Gap Mt. seen from Little Monadnock
Monadnock and Gap Mt. seen from Little Monadnock
Vernal Pool Halfway up Littel Monadnock from the South.
Vernal Pool Halfway up Littel Monadnock from the South.

Now much of the way lies across open or brush-grown ledge where white blazed trees are often few and far between. White blazes on rocks and ledges are often the guide points. The hiker should take greater care to follow the trail description. Your climb of Little Monadnock will be well rewarded with spectacular views of the countryside with your destination, Grand Monadnock, in the distance.

Directions: Follow the brook slightly uphill crossing it to the right at 0.1 (7.1) miles. Climb steeply to the edge of the ridge bearing slightly left through a pine grove. At 0.6 (7.6) 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 (7.8) 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 (7.9) miles (Elevation. 1883 ft.). The summit is surrounded by heavy woods with no views. No overnight camping or fires here.

With gradual descent, the trail comes out onto open ledges near the northwest end of the summit ridge at 1.1 (8.1) miles. To the east there are extensive views across Rockwood Pond to Gap Mt. and Mt. Monadnock.

Access Trail: Here, a trail marked with plastic markers nailed to trees descends steeply to the right to the Rhododendron State Park parking lot. (About 1.2 miles).

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