The Raymond trail ascends Pack Monadnock from the West and joins the Wapack Trail just below the ledges on the North Side of the summit that are used as a NH Audubon Hawk Watch Sept. 1-Oct. 31. The trail is steep and rocky but has nice views from a couple of ledges and is much quieter than the more heavily used trails to the summit that begin in Miller State Park. It's a great "work out" trail - 1.6 miles and 1050 ft. elevation gain. (Round trip: 3.2 mi, 1150 ft.)
Pack (little) Monadnock (2290') has excellent views in all directions. In summer there is water available from a drinking fountain on one of the small buildings on the South side of the summit, next to the weather station. There are also outhouses, a manned fire tower, picnic tables, and typically lots of people and dogs on a nice weekend day.
The trail begins at a small parking area (4 cars maximum) on the East side of East Mountain Road, .9 mi North of NH 101 (in Peterborough). The road sign on NH 101 has said "Old Mountain Road" for some time, but is supposed to be corrected soon.
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Posted By: RichNH
- Fri Jul 04 00:58:37 UTC 2008
UpsideThe trail is fairly quick from bottom to top, it's not overused and gives a good warm up before the steeper section is encountered. A great conditioning trail if you haven't hiked for some time and for beginners. Its fairly short yet is steep enough to allow the newbies to feel like they've climbed a mountain. There is one spot that I call Artist's Bluff which gives a great view of Mt Monadnock. DownsideParking at the trailhead is very limited with room for only three or four vehicles depending upon their size and how they are parked. CommentI like this as a first hike of the Spring for my wife, she doesn't hike during the winter.