Ascent of Pack Monadnock Mountain on 2009-07-16

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pack Monadnock Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2280 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first time that I hiked Pack Monadnock.

The Wapack Trail section that led to the summit lined the western edge of the mountain. It crosses the auto road and climbs up a rock face, then levels out.

A few rock faces later, there's a lookout at which Temple Mountain and Mount Monadnock are visible.

The trail winds through more woods and levels out a little bit during the final push to the summit. It makes a sharp turn out to the parking lot.

Pack Monadnock's summit is a miniature Mount Washington; it contains towers, antennas, a parking lot, an auto road, bathrooms, and other buildings and structures. There is a spot where birdwatchers can watch birds, and it makes a good viewpoint. North Pack Monadnock is visible from it, although I mistook it for Temple Mountain.

There is a viewing area where Boston, Massachusetts can be seen on a good day. I couldn't see it because it was hazy.

We thought that the Wapack Trail was kind of steep, so we took the Marion Davis Trail down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Total Elevation Loss:900 ft / 274 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Partly cloudy, hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Wapack Trail
    Start Trailhead:1380 ft / 420 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Marion Davis Trail
    End Trailhead:1380 ft / 420 m

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