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PostMon Nov 29, 2021 6:26 am 
My 7th time hiking up Mount Monadnock on Thanksgiving in the past 8 years. The conditions this time around were the tamest I've encountered on any of my trips. I've always had to put on microspikes due to icy footing, but didn't need to this past Thursday.

Route: A 6:20am start. I took the White Dot Trail to the summit, retraced my steps to pick up the Smith Connecting Trail down to Bald Rock, then continued down the Cliff Walk trail, then a left on the Lost Farm Trail, and finally finished off the loop via the Parker Trail. I spent quite a bit of time on the summit because it was less frigid than on any of my earlier trips. Hiking/photography stats: 5mi, 2000ft elevation gain, 5hrs.

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Enjoying the morning sunshine (selfie)
Enjoying the morning sunshine (selfie)
Rockscape below the summit (selfie)
Rockscape below the summit (selfie)
Getting overcast (selfie)
Getting overcast (selfie)
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On the summit (selfie)
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Summit from Bald Rock
Summit from Bald Rock
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Pillows (selfie)
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PostMon Nov 29, 2021 6:49 am 
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Are those glacial striations in the rock? What direction are they pointing toward. It is toward the sun but E, SE, ESE, SSE?

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PostMon Nov 29, 2021 7:36 am 
Mike Collins wrote:
Are those glacial striations in the rock? What direction are they pointing toward. It is toward the sun but E, SE, ESE, SSE?

Are you talking about the cracks or the striations? I don't believe the cracks are from glacial action, although the lighter striations probably are, based on this article. I'm no geologist but I would say the cracks are from weathering/ice. This view is looking SSE, and the photo was taken on the east slope of the mountain.

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PostMon Nov 29, 2021 4:59 pm 
Thank you for the informative link. That mountain has moved around the territory.

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PostTue Nov 30, 2021 7:45 am 
One of the mountains on my wish list next time I'm in that part of the country.

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PostTue Nov 30, 2021 10:04 am 
Mount Monadnock isn't part of the White Mountains, and so isn't that high, but it's a real mountain. I've only ever been up in late fall, when the conditions can be spicy, so I've always found it an interesting and enjoyable hike. Evidently, it's mobbed by crowds during summer, so I'd pick off-season dates if possible.

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PostWed Dec 01, 2021 6:58 am 
When I lived in Boston I used to go to Monadnock. A beautiful mountain, and great in the winter! The summit area, with all the beautiful rock is a truly great place!

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PostFri Dec 03, 2021 10:07 am 
GaliWalker wrote:
Mount Monadnock isn't part of the White Mountains, and so isn't that high, but it's a real mountain. I've only ever been up in late fall, when the conditions can be spicy, so I've always found it an interesting and enjoyable hike. Evidently, it's mobbed by crowds during summer, so I'd pick off-season dates if possible.

My only time up there was in Dec.  White out, blowing 30, and slip sliding on ryme ice once above the treeline (due to rock not altitiude)....felt very real!  Followed the broken ryme crystals from my footprints back down.

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PostFri Dec 03, 2021 11:10 am 
I think the 30mph winds must be a constant there. I've never been up when it hasn't been windy. My last time up, I had pretty similar conditions to what you've described...

Mount Monadnock summit (Nov 29, 2019)
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PostSat Dec 04, 2021 9:55 am 
Good memories hiking here with Kent, my brother.

Thank you for posting!

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PostSat Dec 04, 2021 6:21 pm 
I grew up in Connecticut, your East Coast trip reports bring me back.  Thanks for sharing these and please bring us more!   smile.gif

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PostSat Dec 04, 2021 7:36 pm 
That article you linked you was really great. I love reading about geology, but my brain freezes when I run across more than a few references to geologic time periods. I'm sure more informed people appreciate that context, but this article got a lot of really interesting information across without delving into insider jargon. (BTW, I have nothing against insider jargon -- it allows efficient communication between insiders, but can be intimidating for others)

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PostSun Dec 05, 2021 6:59 am 
From the linked geology article:

"This small hill has had an outsize influence on not just New Hampshire but also on the study of geology in general; the term “monadnock” is now used to mean any erosion-resistant mountain that stands alone [,,,].

I recall that "steptoe" is a generic term for a bedrock protrusion through a basalt flow named after our own Steptoe Butte.  So does this mean that Steptoe Butte is a "steptoe monadnock?"  dizzy.gif

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PostSun Dec 05, 2021 7:15 am 
puzzlr wrote:
... this article got a lot of really interesting information across without delving into insider jargon ...

Sculpin wrote:
... does this mean that Steptoe Butte is a "steptoe monadnock?"

There! Now, you've got puzzlr's (and my) eyes glazing over!  dizzy.gif

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PostMon Dec 06, 2021 7:59 am 
Sculpin wrote:
So does this mean that Steptoe Butte is a "steptoe monadnock?"

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steptoe, also called Dagala, a hill or mountain that projects like an island above a surrounding lava field. This landform, a type of kipuka (q.v.), is named after Steptoe Butte, a quartzite protrusion above the Columbia Plateau lava flows near Colfax, Washington, U.S.

Winter ski of Steptoe Butte

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