Monadnock June 6, 2019

Today’s hike took us to Monte Rosa. Weather was warm and dry. It rained during the night relentlessly but stopped around 4:30am. The group went up the Halfway House Trail, stopping briefly to see the private home.  Shortly, we arrived at the Halfway House site, a former hotel that burned down in the 1950s.

From the Halfway House area, we joined the Monte Rosa Trail, which was a narrower trail through woods. It got rockier and a bit ledge-y as we climbed. Unfortunately, the weathervane was broken: the arrow was missing! Great views on top and we enjoyed lunch on the rocks, which thanks to the sun had dried after last night’s rain.  We took in the 360-degree views, including the summit.

Next: over to the Tooth and the Amphitheatre Trail and Black Precipice, two interesting features on the mountain. We crossed the White Arrow Trail and descended via the Side Foot Trail, a much nicer and prettier option. After a steepish section, the trail moderates and goes through lovely woods. Not too many rocks either. It crosses many of the side trails going up to Bald Rock from the hotel site, like the Noble Trail and Do Drop.

When we got down, we “convinced” Tiffany to go to Kimble’s – – the famous home-made ice cream place in Jaffrey. Portions are huge, so go down a size or two when ordering. I got a kiddie size of Mocha Almond Assault (I think that’s the name). It was delicious.

After another fabulous dinner at Pilgrim Pines followed by the artist’s show. I quickly put my photos on a USB stick and was able to project them onto the screen in the Meeting House, as the art group had expressed a desire to see where we’d hiked. It worked out okay, even though I didn’t organize them or delete bad photos!