Friday, July 15, 2011

#35 Mt. Monroe June 19, 2010

Mt. Monroe (5,372') via the Ammonoosuc Ravine and Monroe Loop trails, June 19, 2010. 

Mileage:  7.2 miles (RT)

Elevation gain: 2,900' 

Trailhead: Rt 302 in Bretton Woods take the Base Road 6 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right, just before the Cog Railroad. A WMNF Parking Pass is required.

Hiked with Rich.   Day was warm and clear – not a cloud in the sky.
Trail was steep to the Lake of the Clouds (LOC) Hut but from there to summit of Monroe was quick (20 minutes).   Hiked some of the rest of the Monroe Loop trail but think now we just found a shortcut to the Crawford path to head back to LOC for our descent.  Ravine trail had a few wet spots and it was slow descending.
After hiking the cones of Adams and Madison, I was surprised at how quick and easy the hike from LOC hut to Monroe summit was.

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