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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2011-05-21

Climber: Karen Lemieux

Others in Party:Random Hiking Group
Date:Saturday, May 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

While the trails up north continue to dry let's spend the day climbing to an oft-climbed summit (Monadnock @ 3,150') along a seldom used route (Old Halfway House Trail).

Along the way we will pass the site of the hotel that was built in 1858. It was rebuilt and added onto over the years and was very popular from 1880 to 1920. Guests came back every year to walk the theme-park-like trails that guests built around the hotel with romantic names like “the Spring of Perpetual Youth,” “Dingle Dell,” and “Thoreau’s Seat.”

The hotel had no electricity and no running water until after World War II. It was originally called the Monadnock Mountain House, but seems to have always been called the Halfway House and the name was changed in 1916. The hotel burned to the ground in 1954. The site was used as a parking lot until 1974 when it was closed. It has now mostly grown back to its natural state.

Dogs are not allowed in Monadnock Park.

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