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Gap Mountain (North Peak), Gap Mountain (South Peak)
Jaffrey, NH, Troy, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail near the north peak
The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail near the north peak

Route: Roadwalk, Metacomet Monadnock Trail, (Gap Mountain North Peak), herd path, (Gap Mountain South Peak), herd path, Metacomet Monadnock Trail, parking lot spur trail

For the ascent, I walked back down the parking lot access road, then up Old Mill Road to the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail junction (followed the trail kosher on the return trip - I think taking the short roadwalk is a little easier).

Mild to moderate grades up to the false peak and then North Peak. Fantastic views in all directions from the North Peak.

Toward the west side of the ridge, near where the M&M trail drops off, a herd path heads to the South Peak (also the highpoint). It starts near a view ledge, drops into the gap/col a little to the west, then climbs up to the cairn. It's not marked, but the footbed is generally obvious, as are the years of brushing cuts. From the big cairn, if you push maybe 50 feet east, you'll pop out onto a very nice view ledge (nowhere near as nice as the north peak, but otherwise great views ranging from Monadnock to the Pack Monadnocks).

The foliage is well past peak, but there were some nice patches of color.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Gap Mountain (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Gap Mountain (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,220'
Destination: Gap Mountain (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 1,240'
Summit Elevation: 1,840'
Vertical Gain: 700'
Destination: Gap Mountain (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:08
Trailhead Elevation: 1,840'
Summit Elevation: 1,900'
Vertical Gain: 160'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:33
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,050'


The Metacomet-Monadnock crossing on Old Mill Road
The Metacomet-Monadnock crossing on Old Mill Road

Looking at Mt. Monadnock from the North Peak of Gap Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Monadnock from the North Peak of Gap Mountain

The path between the peaks
The path between the peaks

Looking at Monadnock, Crotched, and the Pack Monadnocks from the south peak ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Monadnock, Crotched, and the Pack Monadnocks from the south peak ledges

Topographic map of Gap Mountain (North Peak), Gap Mountain (South Peak)


Directions to trailhead: From Marlborough, take Route 124 southeast. Take a right onto Bullard Road. The hiker parking lot access road will be on the left prior to the Old Mill Road junction. One can either take a short spur trail at the back of the lot (take a right once it reaches Metacomet-Monadnock Trail), or do a short road walk.

Back to Gap Mountain (North Peak) Profile
Back to Gap Mountain (South Peak) Profile




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