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North Pack Monadnock Mountain via Wapack Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This yellow-blazed trail begins as an easy hike through large white pines, by a stone wall, and over small streams.


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3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Out and Back

2,248' 685 m

High

1,331' 406 m

Low

921' 281 m

Up

921' 281 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy access from big parking lot. Short enough for little ones.

Overview

The trail is accessible year-round. No fees at the trailhead. In winter, it is recommend to use crampons or at least snowshoes or spikes. Ledge section would be tricky while they are frozen.

Trailhead and parking area are on Mountain Road in Greenfield, NH. To get there, take Russell Station Road off Rt. 31, 2.8 miles south of Rt. 136 in the center of Greenfield and 8.1 miles north of Rt. 101 in the center of Wilton. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto Mountain Road. The very large parking area will be on the left in 1.9 miles.

Description

In 0.1 miles, turn right to join another fork of the Wapack that comes from the road just east of the parking area (remember to turn left on the way back). The trail soon passes through a mountain laurel grove, then crosses a brook. In half a mile, the trail begins to ascend steeply through a boulder field before opening onto wide, flat ledges. Once you get high enough, you'll be able to look back and see to the north.

After about 0.4 miles over granite and through the forest again, the trail soon reaches the summit with superb views of the surrounding area. The Wapack Trail continues on from here to South Pack Monadnock and eventually Massachusetts. At the summit of North Pack Monadnock, there is a somewhat limited view to the northwest. The view is wide, but grown in by small trees. Don't stop here! Continue to the summit cairn.

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Massive cairn at the summit.
Apr 18, 2019 near Greenfield, NH

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Dave McElwain
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