Monday, March 10, 2014
Have you ever wondered how Mt. Monadnock became the most hiked mountain in the Western Hemisphere? Why is it that so many people love Monadnock, and identify it as a place where they have climbed either with family, friends, school group or with the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? I have five reasons why I believe this happened.
1. Monadnock is accessible as a day trip to millions of people. Two large population areas: Boston and Springfield are within a two hour drive of Monadnock. According to the US Census Bureau, Massachusetts population 2014 estimate is more than 6.5 million people, and NH population 2014 estimate is more than 1.3 million people. Vermont 2014 estimate is less than a million people. These figures let us know that on any given day, more than 8 million people could drive to Mt. Monadnock from their home, hike to the summit and back down again, and then return home in the same day.One reason why Monadnock is the most hiked mountain in the Western Hemisphere is because it is both accessible and loved!
2. There are great rewarding views from the summit and other vantage points. Monadnock’s bald summit gives a 360 degree view. On a clear day, a hiker can see Boston, Mt. Washington and Vermont.
3. The hike up Mt. Monadnock is a good workout. There is an average of 1500 feet elevation gain, depending on which trailhead you start at. A Monadnock climb (ascent and descent) is about four miles long, which can be done in around four to five hours. On hot days, allow for more time. Always check with the State Park Rangers for trail conditions. Check their website at
4. Safe and doable for most able bodied adults. Many families hike Mt. Monadnock as a yearly ritual. There are people who hike Monadnock every year, every month, every week, and even some who hike it every day.
5. Changes in temperature and weather during the climb. Many people hike Monadnock because of the weather changes that they will see during their climb. There can be a 20 degree difference from the Headquarters to the summit. Often on a beautiful spring day, hikers are surprised to find snow on the mountain long after it has melted at their home in the area.
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Please tell me your thoughts. Why is Monadnock the most hiked Mountain in the Western Hemisphere?