Trip Stats to summit:
My goal was to make it to the summit in under an hour. I was just below the summit with two minutes left, and I decided to forsake the trail and just climb up the cliff.
I made it to the summit almost exactly at the one hour mark. By the time I took the pic of the GPS I was a few seconds late. When I was in my early 20’s and I lived nearby, I could actually ascend this route in 45 minutes.
Ascending the south side of the mountain is my favorite way up. I choose to run up the Old Toll Rd intead of the Halfway House Trail, so that I could get a little training in for the MW Road Race. The Old Toll Rd Terminates at the old Halfway House site:
At the Halfway Hose site many trails junction. I took the fastest way to the top,
The White Arrow Trail:
When the White Arrow Trail comes out of the trees there is almost immediately a balcony with a great view: Looking down
Next stop the summit:
After pushing hard to get to the top, I totally changed gears, and went into relax, and enjoy the view mode. I walked over to the south summit area, and then returned to the summit again. I waundered around alot above treeline and here are some pics I took.
I injured my pinky finger yesterday playing in a softball game and It was swollen all day today, and it really throbbed when I would get my heart rate up. Also it kept me from scrambling on some of the cliffs I usually enjoy.
I started descending to the Bald Rock Area, when I noticed that a trail from this area that went back to the white arrow trail was gone. I hate how Monadnock State Park over the years has eliminated so many trails! If you look at an older map, you’ll see what I mean. So out of spite, I decided not to go to Bald Rock, and find the path instead. I went out of my way to find the old path and followed it back to the white arrow trail, and then ran back to my car. It was a great day to be up there.