NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
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Ossipee Mountains Notice
Dublin, NH, Jaffrey, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Pumpelly Trail
Ever since setting my eyes on the Pumpelly Ridge when I hiked Monadnock in 2006, I've been interested in ascending it. While the crowds Monadnock almost always has, I never bothered to check it out in the subsequent months and years.
Until now. Since I was sick of the snow up north, I decided to head down south and check out the Pumpelly Trail finally.
Arriving near the trailhead on Lake Road, another hiker pointed out the unmarked trailhead for me. From there, the Pumpelly Trail was fairly gradual - and not marked. Nonetheless, I was able to follow it (though on the way back some folks I talked to found it hard to track).
Soon, the trail took a left turn and started a steep, rocky ascent. After kicking my butt for a few hundred vertical feet, it leveled off and began a more steady ascent through some ledgey areas, including some very minor scrambles.
After passing some trail junctions, the open ledges and views of the summit became more frequent. In addition, the cloud cover at the start of the day burned up and allowed for blue skies from Monadnock to points east.
As usual, the summit was crowded. After taking a few photos, I descended back down the Pumpelly Trail a bit and found a quiet place to have lunch while still above the treeline. After that, I headed back to the trailhead and plotted a second hike for the day, Crotched Mountain.
The Pumpelly Trail trailhead on Lake Road
Looking northeast at the Pumpelly Ridge from the Monadnock Mountain summit
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