Boston: Mt. Monadnock Loop

Hike 4.6 miles up the quieter, less-traveled west side on one of the mountain's oldest trails, alternating between forested scrambles, old streambeds, and exposed rock ledges.
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Hike 4.6 miles up the quieter, less-traveled west side on one of the mountain's oldest trails, alternating between forested scrambles, old streambeds, and exposed rock ledges.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.8

Waypoints

MML001

Location: 42.8595008850098, -72.1392135620117

Head NE onto Marlborough Trail marked by white M blazes

MML002

Location: 42.8616828918457, -72.1228179931641

Rise above treeline to first of many rock ledges (slick when wet); great views of summit and forested countryside of S. New Hampshire; continue following white Ms

MML003

Location: 42.861515045166, -72.1225204467774

Continue straight @ junction on Marlborough Trail, eventually bearing R and following trail marked D/M (Dublin/Marlborough) to summit

MML006

Location: 42.8523178100586, -72.1130828857422

R onto Monte Rosa Trail; cross small seasonal stream

MML007

Location: 42.8561515808106, -72.1135482788086

Continue straight at junction on Monte Rosa Trail, following cairns; bear L downhill, trail turns into Great Pasture Trail in 150 ft.

MML008

Location: 42.8567848205566, -72.1170806884766

Great Pasture Trail ends @ Marian and Mossy Trails; go R on Marian

MML009

Location: 42.8606338500977, -72.1181182861328

Cross stream (good water supply)

MML010

Location: 42.8629493713379, -72.1194000244141

L at T onto Marlborough Trail; retrace route 1 mile back to parking lot

MML004

Location: 42.8613967895508, -72.1084136962891

Monadnock?s rocky summit; views of Mt. Washington to NE and Mt. Wachusett to SE on a clear day; retrace D/M trail 100 feet, go L onto White Arrow Trail

MML005

Location: 42.8581314086914, -72.108283996582

Descend into woods, bearing SW