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Temple Mountain (Burton Peak), Temple Mountain (Holt Peak), Pack Monadnock Mountain, North Pack Monadnock Mountain
Sharon, NH, Temple, NH, Peterborough, NH, Greenfield, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Wapack Trail on the way to Burton Peak
Looking up the Wapack Trail on the way to Burton Peak

Route: Wapack Trail, ski trails, Wapack Trail, Cliff Trail, bushwhack, Cliff Trail, Wapack Trail

This 10+ mile section was mostly dry and in good shape. Some rugged areas, but generally decent footing and plenty of views.

We followed the Wapack over Burton and Holt Peaks (the former had good directional views near the summit, while the latter had one or two old viewpoints we located, as well as plenty further up the ridge).

When we reached the top of the old ski area, we explored some of the old ski trails, zigzagging the Wapack Trail. We then hopped back onto the Wapack Trail over Pack and into the col.

Ascending North Pack, we took the cliff trail, then climbed directly up the scree field below the cliffs. It looked like there was one place we could probably free climb up to the top of the cliffs, but with poles and daypacks, it seemed less than appealing, so we worked our way around and then to the top of the cliffs (and back to the trail). Fantastic views from the top of the cliffs.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Temple Mountain (Burton Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Temple Mountain (Holt Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pack Monadnock
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: North Pack Monadnock
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Temple Mountain (Burton Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:47
Trailhead Elevation: 1,320'
Summit Elevation: 2,010'
Vertical Gain: 710'
Destination: Temple Mountain (Holt Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:35
Trailhead Elevation: 2,010'
Summit Elevation: 2,045'
Vertical Gain: 245'
Destination: Pack Monadnock
Time Elapsed: 02:36
Trailhead Elevation: 2,045'
Summit Elevation: 2,290'
Vertical Gain: 1,150'
Destination: North Pack Monadnock
Time Elapsed: 01:23
Trailhead Elevation: 2,290'
Summit Elevation: 2,276'
Vertical Gain: 708'
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:40
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,863'


The Wapack Trail (north) trailhead on Temple Road
The Wapack Trail (north) trailhead on Temple Road

Looking at Mt. Monadnock from Burton Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Monadnock from Burton Peak

The Wapack Trail between Burton and Holt peaks
The Wapack Trail between Burton and Holt peaks

Looking at Rose Mountain and Lyndeborough Pinnacle from near the summit of Holt Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Rose Mountain and Lyndeborough Pinnacle from near the summit of Holt Peak

Looking down Wapack Trail on Pack Monadnock
Looking down Wapack Trail on Pack Monadnock

Looking at North Pack Monadnock from the Pack Monadnock lookout tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at North Pack Monadnock from the Pack Monadnock lookout tower

The Wapack Trail between the Packs
The Wapack Trail between the Packs

Looking Pack Monadnock from the North Pack cliffs - Click to enlarge
Looking Pack Monadnock from the North Pack cliffs

Directions to trailhead: To get to the southern side of Temple Mountain from Peterborough, take Route 123 south, then eventually bear left onto Temple Road. There is a small parking lot on the right, just before reaching then junction of Greanleaf Road. To get to the northern side of North Pack Monadnock from US 202 in Peterborough, take Sand Hill Road east. Sand Hill Road eventually becomes Mountain Road. Soon thereafter, at a height of land, the Wapack Refuge parking lot and trailhead will be on the right.

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