North Pack Monadnock and South Pack Monadnock
Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail
Total= 6.39 miles
My inlaws are building a new home near the northern terminus of the Wapack Trail. So while we were visiting yesterday I took off for a couple of hours to do a little hike. Emily gave me a ride over to East Mountain Road. I was just going to go up the Raymond Trail but then I saw a parking area for the CMPT. This trail goes all the way to town and is fairly new, so I tried out this section for the first time. It was well blazed but a little grown in. The recent rain seemed to like staying in the treadway as well, so it was a wet and muddy trail.
Its cool that the Wapack is now connected to Peterborough, now they just need to connect from Peterborough to Monadnock and The Greenway.
The Raymond Trail is a great way to go up South Pack. It gets less traffic and you dont need to pay to park. There is a nice cascade on the side of the trail that was flowing nicely yesterday.
At the top of South Pack there were the usual undesirable people who would rather drive up mountains than hike them. I climbed the Fire Tower and took a pic of my next destination.
Than I hiked down the Wapack trail toward North Pack. Last time I hiked this trail I was doing a Wapack Traverse and had huge blisters on my heels, so I didnt get a chance to enjoy it. But this time I enjoyed this beautiful section of wilderness
There was nobody else at the summit of North Pack when I got there. Its funny to me how dramatically different the Summit Cairn looks everytime I come up here. Its almost like its somebodies full time job to constantly rebuild it into different shapes. It was square this time.
I saw lots of people on the hike down from North Pack, and when I got to the bottom the lot was full. The 6.39 mile hike took me 2 hours and 20 minutes.