Recently, I had an opportunity to go on a hiking trip to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire with some friends. This was my first hiking trip on a big mountain. It was amazing.
Mount Monadnock is the most climbed mountain in North American. The Fuji Mountain in Japan is the most hiked in the world. If I'm not mistaken, the Fuji mountain has limited the hiking due to many accidents which makes the Monadnock the most hiked mountain in the world. I think. At 3,165 feet, it's a very prominent mountain in the New England.
Anyways, the word "monadnock" comes from the Abnacki Indians meaning "mountain that stands alone." We hiked the White Dot Trail which is the most popular trail on the Mountain. It's about 2.2 miles. Learn more about the Mt. Monadnock in the Wikipedia. Below are some pictures from the trip:
I was suprised to see a line to get in the park area. It's a freaking mountain, why a line???
Noel and Haven getting the hiking gear ready: Food and water and lots of it.
We hiked the White Dot Trail. After 20 minutes into the hike, I fall behind, lol. I can't keep up with my group, so I took it easy and went at my own pace.
Surprisingly enough, there was place to replenish my water bottle with natural mountain water.
What is this, rock climbing or hiking? There are many climbing challanges like this one on the trail. Yea, at some point I was wondering whose bright idea was it to climb a mountain.
I think I was at half way point here... Finally, I was up high enough where I could see some beautiful landscapes.
This was 3/4 of the way to the summit. Started to see some real nice adjecent mountain tops.
3/4 of way there... almost SUCCESS!!!
Oh Yea, the tiny ants at the top of the summit are actual people... This was the last hurdle.
We all made it to the top. From left: Aaron, Heather, Noel, Amy, Ripley, Lars, Jessica.
At the summit of Mt. Monadnock. From left: Evan, Heather, Noel, Ripley, Amy, Lars, Jessica.
View from the summit... it's breathtaking.
Another view from the summit.
The 360 degree view from the summit was amazing. After that we went to our camp ground. That's another story... it was another mountain hike, ON THE SAME DAY!!! it was supposed to be a 20 minutes hike and it took me 1 hour and 20 minutes.
But it was worth it. This picture was taken from our camp ground. OMG, can you believe how beautiful it looks at sun down?
My sponsors, lol. Heather and Haven at the camp ground. Thanks for the wonderful experience, guys.
It was tough, but I made it to the end :)
If you haven't hiked this montain, I highly recommend it. It's worth the pain that you will feel the next 7 days.