Ted's Trail - North Pack Greenfield NH 2,276'

We'll do Ted's trail up and Carolyn's trail down. 
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Be at the Trailhead and ready to hike at 9:00 am

6 miles
4hours
moderate
Greenfield, NH

This loop hike ascends North Pack Monadnock from the NE, using lesser known but prettier trails than the North end of the Wapack Trail. The hike is 5.9 miles and has 1350 feet of elevation gain.

Ted's trail begins on the South side of Old Mountain road and at .5 miles Carolyn's Trail branches to the right. Both trails are blazed with yellow. There are several unblazed cross trails that connect the two trails and hikers should beware lest they find themselves on the other trail by accident.

Ted's trail is steeper and follows a stream that features cascades and waterfalls. Most people prefer to ascend by this trail and descend on the more mellow Carolyn's trail. The trail begins with about a mile of fairly level hiking and then climbs steeply following the brook. The first confusing connector trail bears right at the top of the first waterfall while Ted's Trail turns sharply left. Ledges and views begin at about 2.2 miles. At 2.6 miles Ted's trail turns right while a branch trail leads left .1 mi to the Cliff trail at the south cliff ledges - well worth the detour. Follow Ted's trail right from this junction and note where Carolyn's trail comes in on the right to join Ted's trail - it is easy to miss when you are descending. At about .3 miles from the junction Ted's trail joins the Cliff trail (blue blazes) which leads a short ways to the summit.

North Pack Monadnock has excellent views(on a clear day, you can see Boston!). When you are ready to descend follow the Cliff trail back to Ted's Trail and at about .1 mi from the top of Ted's trail watch for a small opening to the left with a stone wall. Step over this wall to descend Carolyn's trail. Carolyn's trail is fairly direct with better footing and has a board walk through a marsh as a special feature.

Directions:

From Rt. 202 in Peterborough turn east on Sand Hill Road and continue when Sand Hill turns into Old Mountain Road for a total of 5.5 miles. There is a small parking area for about 4 cars on the north side of the road, with the trail departing on the south side.



You can also get there by using Rte 31. Just google it!

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  • Carol L.

    Great day! Thanks everyone for coming and enjoying the perfect weather with me.

    September 22, 2012

  • BrendaC18

    I really like the wooded (Caroline) section coming down. Very nice..beautiful day

    September 22, 2012

  • Tia

    nice weather

    September 22, 2012

  • Tia

    I'm running late. Go ahead without me if I don't make it on time

    September 22, 2012

    • Rick

      Good choice, best to not go it alone!

      1 · September 22, 2012

    • Tia

      Turned out to be a beautiful day as well

      September 22, 2012

  • Kathy

    Terry, see you at 7 at Searstown; where do you suggest I park?

    September 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kathy, I'm up again, I don't feel well so I'm not going. Sorry, especially since I haven't hiked with you in a while. I hope I'm well enough to go dancing on Sunday.

      September 22, 2012

  • Kathy

    Also sent you an email: see you at McDonald's at 7. Thanks, Terry.

    September 21, 2012

  • Kathy

    Anyone interested in carpooling? Bob, from Leominster? Or at some point along the way?

    September 19, 2012

    • Carol L.

      Kathy come to my house at 8:15am

      September 19, 2012

  • Tia

    the trail head and parking is between Plowshare Ln and Drischoll Rd on Mountain Rd. (see map above) Hopefully that will help locating it :)

    September 19, 2012

  • Rick

    I might make this one, but won't know untill later.

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Parking for 4 cars, but 24 people attending? Is someone arranging a carpool? Seems like we'll need 4 minivans fitting 6 people each, unless there's another parking area in walking distance.

    August 27, 2012

    • Tia

      I live in Nashua and can carpool from one of the park and rides. Isn't there on near the 99 off of Amherst St.. exit 7? Thought I saw that somewhere.

      September 4, 2012

    • Rick C.

      Parking for this trail has never been an issue. The road is not heavily traveled and you can park along the side of the road.

      1 · September 16, 2012

  • SK

    Hi - Is anyone interested in carpooling from Boston?

    September 5, 2012

  • Jim V.

    Is there a limit as to how many can attend this hike? I'm seriously thinking about this one. I have a dinner to attend at 5 PM here in CT but it is entirely possible that I can attend. Parking does sound like an issue.

    September 3, 2012

    • Carol L.

      Hi Jim, no limit. Parking has never been an issue. It's a back road and you can park on the it.

      September 3, 2012

    • Jim V.

      :-) OK! Thank You!

      September 3, 2012

  • Tia

    Did North Pack alone yesterday. Took A LOT of breaks, so hope you guys have patience lol. But, got there at 11:30 and got out at 4:25 including sitting at the top for a little while.

    August 24, 2012

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