Mt Monadnock via Pumpelly Trail

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A very nice day and felt the need to get out and hike.  The White Mountains are still covered in terrible ice during this low snow winter.  Staying further south I decided to hit Mt Mondadnock.  Having been up the Dublin trail a couple times in recent trips to Monadnock.  I had heard from several sources the Pumpelly Trail was a fun and rewarding.  It is a little longer than some others to the summit, sounds good.  This trail is mild to start, but quickly ascends once you reach the nicely set steps.  After a bit of work  you are rewarded with some great views, in all directions.

The start/end of the Pumpelly Trail
The start/end of the Pumpelly Trail
Mild walk through the woods for a bit before the stairs
Mild walk through the woods for a bit before the stairs
The stairs stare back
The stairs stare back
Up I go
Up I go
This continues for a while gaining elevation at a decent clip
This continues for a while gaining elevation at a decent clip
Ahh, quick elevation equals faster views
Ahh, quick elevation equals faster views
The blue sky rests on the green trees
The blue sky rests on the green trees
The granite slabs begin to dominate the scenery
The granite slabs begin to dominate the scenery
Looking south/southeast, I believe, toward Pack Monadnock and North pack
Looking south/southeast, I believe, toward Pack Monadnock and North pack
A false summit(left) and the summit(center)
A false summit(left) and the summit(center)
Mini scrambles along the way
Mini scrambles along the way
More slabs
More slabs
Checking out one of the false summits I've already conquered
Checking out one of the false summits I’ve already conquered
Panning north east
Panning north east
Sticking to Pumpelly up and down today.  I really enjoy trail signage
Sticking to Pumpelly up and down today. I really enjoy trail signage
Looking back over the slab trail
Looking back over the slab trail
The summit awaits...along with dozens of folks, I'm certain
The summit awaits…along with dozens of folks, I’m certain
Couple of ups and downs to along the way
Couple of ups and downs to along the way
Aiming south
Aiming south
A little closer to the summit. Can really see the ups/downs as they pop above the trees then duck down again
A little closer to the summit. Can really see the ups/downs as they pop above the trees then duck down again
Raptors soaring in the thermals/updrafts
Raptors soaring in the thermals/updrafts
Another trail sign along the ledge
Another trail sign along the ledge

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Weathered signage beaten by the elements
Weathered signage beaten by the elements
Oh? Do I see an empty summit?  Not likely on this beautiful day
Oh? Do I see an empty summit? Not likely on this beautiful day
A bit of smoke in the northern direction.  Found out later that was a brush fire in Stoddard
A bit of smoke in the northern direction. Found out later that was a brush fire in Stoddard
Zoomed view of the brush fire
Zoomed view of the brush fire
Making progress, fewer trees, more granite :)
Making progress, fewer trees, more granite 🙂
Folks thoroughly covered the summit
Folks thoroughly covered the summit
Couple of photos and a Clif bar and I'm on my way
Couple of photos and a Clif bar and I’m on my way
Had to navigate a bit beyond the summit toward the Dublin trail to find a semi quiet spot.  Could still hear someone blasting music at the summit
Had to navigate a bit beyond the summit toward the Dublin trail to find a semi quiet spot. Could still hear someone blasting music at the summit
Looking down the Dublin/Marlboro Trail
Looking down the Dublin/Marlboro Trail
Checking out a bit westerly still from near the summit
Checking out a bit westerly still from near the summit
Large boulder along the trail, looking toward Pack Monadnock and Temple/Holt Peak
Large boulder along the trail, looking toward Pack Monadnock and Temple/Holt Peak
Crazy broken trees in a small col.  Must have been a focused strong gust
Crazy broken trees in a small col. Must have been a focused strong gust
Mini scramble again
Mini scramble again
Dublin Lake at the Pumpelly trailhead.  Amazingly serene
Dublin Lake at the Pumpelly trailhead. Amazingly serene