Mount Monadnock Camping Trip

Friday, September 23 -
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Monadnock State Park
Jaffrey, NH

Event Info


Troop 54 headed North to climb Mount Monadnock. Fifteen of our Scouts came prepared for the weather and ready for adventure. Accompanying them were seven leaders and one sibling.

We arrived at Monadnock State Park after dark and in the rain that Friday, but that did not stop Troop 54 from having some fun. The group camp site was quiet and spacious, but finding a spot to set up a tent without roots sticking up under it was pretty hard.

Our group set off for the top of Mount Monadnock that Saturday morning, and many of us made the full hike, which included a rise of 3000 feet in elevation. This is one of the "must see" destinations in the Northeast. The views along the hike were spectacular, even with the mostly cloudy conditions. The temperature was unseasonably warm, making this a shirtsleeves weekend. It was also prime time for mushrooms; we saw all sorts of those along the way. View the actual trail recorded by ASM Keith MacNeal:

Trimble Outdoors - map and notes uploaded by Keith MacNeal
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That Sunday, as most of the troop slept, ASM Jerome made a second hike to the top of the mountain in the dark to witness the sunrise. On the way back, we stopped for a peek at Camp Wanocksett, a nearby Scout camp.


Text from Keith MacNeal's article on Trimble Outdoors:

Mount Monadnock is one of the most climbed mountains in the world. My Scout troop camped in Monadnock State Park at the Camp Headquarters for the weekend and we spent one day hiking to the top and back of Grand Monadnock. Detailed information on the State Park can be found at

With the many miles of trails within the park, there is more than one way to get to the summit. This route includes some nice vistas and landmarks such as Hunters Rock, Thoreau's Seat, Point Surprise and many vistas.

There is exposed rock on many of the trails making the footing slippery in wet weather.

Photos by Joshua Froimson.

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