The main reason that this ambitious plan didn't pan out on this trip was because it had rained and snowed two days prior to our adventure beginning. The start of the trip was fine until we arrived at treeline and were greeted with intermittent ice under a small amount of snow. This made for some slow moving miles up above the trees and by the time we arrived at the summit as the sun rose, we had decided to maybe rethink out plans. Deciding to head down Pumpelly Trail rather than White Cross, we were met with 15-20° temps and 20mph winds. With the long exposure along the ridgeline, we only made it to the Red Spot Trail and decided to head back down and make our way across some of the lower trails.
Instead of calling it a day when we arrived at the cars, we decided to make the best of the trip up there and run some hill repeats as a workout on the Old Toll Road. This is a 1.2 mile, 500' climb on a dirt road. Calling it after three laps, we ended up heading over to a diner for some breakfast before heading home. It was still a fun trip even though we didn't meet our goals of four summits. I think I'll be back attempting the route in the spring or once there is a better snow cover up top.
Monadnock Summit Run: 7.3 miles, 2172' climb, 2:44 time, Strava link (my watch was paused for a bit)
Old Toll Rd. Repeats: 7 miles, 1,644' climb, 1:03 time, Strava link
|Arrived at the summit just as the sun was rising|
|Heading down the Pumpelly Ridge|
|My favorite photo from the trip. A snow flurry added to the interesting sunlight.|
|Looking back at the summit|
|Heading into the light|
|Tony heading down Red Spot Trail|