The other day I hiked the second most hiked mountain in the world, Mt. Monadnock, in New Hampshire, with my sister.
We took the Dublin Trail off Route 101 east, which put us at the base of the mountain at about 1450 feet. The Dublin Trail is a 2.2 mile hike up to the summit, at 3,166 feet, which made a 4.4 mile round trip.
We started heading up around 12:30PM and made steady progress to the top of the mountain with the occasional stop for photography. We arrived at the top of the mountain at roughly 2:30PM and stuck around for about an hour taking pictures and eating cheeze-its (best healthy mountain food, right?).
The views were spectacular, which was to be expected climbing the mountain in late fall. Even though it was cloudy, you could still see for miles, which provided us with great photograph opportunities. Looking down on the towns and rural terrain, you could see all the blends of red, yellow, orange, and green fall colors.
After we finished getting our pictures, we headed down. By then it was 3:30PM, and we were hoping to reach the bottom before 5:00PM. We kept up a very fast pace and made it down the mountain by 4:30PM exhausted and ready for a shower!