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Hike Little Monadnock

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Rhododendron State Park

Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire · Fitzwilliam, Ne

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424 Rockwood Pond Rd, Fitzwilliam, NH 03447

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Hike to Little Monadnock Mountain and North Meadows:
From the north end of the Rhododendron State Park parking lot, enter the trail system to the left of a bulletin board, between two stone pillars. We will later return via the path that leaves the lot near the toilets.
Walk on Rhododendron Loop Trail for 0.2 mile, keeping straight/right when you meet the junction with Laurel Trail on the left.
Near where Rhododendron Loop Trail curves to the left, bear right onto Little Monadnock Trail at a signed junction.
Follow the yellow-blazed Little Monadnock Trail uphill for 0.9 mile where it will end at a T-junction with Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. About half-way up Little Monadnock Trail, look for a small boulder cave to the right of the trail.
Upon reaching Metacomet-Monadnock Trail you will find a view of Mount Monadnock (Grand Monadnock) to the northeast. Turn left here to proceed to the summit (we will check out more views on the way back).
Hike for 0.3 mile on the white-blazed Metacomet-Monadnock Trail up to the summit of Little Monadnock Mountain. The summit consists of open ledge yet is ringed by trees so there is no view.
After "bagging" the peak, turn around and descend for 0.3 mile back to the junction of Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and Little Monadnock Trail.
Now, continue straight ahead, still on the white-blazed Metacomet-Monadnock Trail for a bit more than 0.1 mile.
You will reach an area of open ledges, called North Meadows, which offers fantastic 180-degree views. From left to right, you should be able to see the Green Mountains far to the west and Mount Ascutney, both in Vermont; then the nearby town of Troy, New Hampshire, Mount Monadnock (Grand Monadnock), Gap Mountain (with a notch in its middle), and Temple Mountain and the Wapack Range.
After enjoying the vistas, retrace your steps south for 0.1 mile back up to the junction of Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and Little Monadnock Trail.
Turn left and descend on Little Monadnock Trail for 0.9 mile back to its junction with Rhododendron Loop Trail.

Tour of rhododendron forest and wildflower path:
Now turn right to continue your exploration of the rhododendron forest.
Walk on Rhododendron Loop Trail for 0.3 mile until reaching a junction with Wildflower Trail.
Bear right to get onto Wildflower Trail and follow it for 0.3 mile. The plants will have small signs helping you learn to identify wildflowers.
Wildflower Trail will end where it bumps into Rhododendron Loop Trail at a T-junction.
You could turn right here to reach the parking lot in less than 0.1 mile, but for now turn left in order to check out the remaining paths in the rhododendron grove.
Walk on Rhododendron Loop Trail for less than 0.1 mile, then where the trail curves left, stay straight to follow a connector trail for less than 0.1 mile to Laurel Trail.
Turn left and follow Laurel Trail until it bumps into Rhododendron Loop Trail after 0.1 mile.
Turn left onto Rhododendron Loop Trail and follow it for about 0.1 mile which will bring you back to the junction with the connector trail that earlier led you to Laurel Trail.
Turn right and follow Rhododendron Loop Trail for 0.1 mile back to the parking lot, bypassing the junction with Wildflower Trail on the right.

Place Split
Miles Total
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Rhododendron State Park parking lot (1200')[masked]
Jct. Rhododendron Loop Trail/Little Monadnock Trail (1200')[masked]
Jct. Little Monadnock Trail/Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (1750')[masked]
Little Monadnock Mtn. summit (1883')[masked]
Jct. Little Monadnock Trail/Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (1750')[masked]
North Meadows (1740')[masked]
Jct. Little Monadnock Trail/Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (1750')[masked]
Jct. Rhododendron Loop Trail/Little Monadnock Trail (1200')[masked]
Rhododendron State Park parking lot (1200')[masked]

424 Rockwood Pond Rd, Fitzwilliam, NH 03447

Driving Directions Rhododendron State Park and the trailhead for climbing Little Monadnock Mountain are located in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.

From the east:
From the junction of Routes 12 and 119 in Fitzwilliam, travel on Rt. 119 West for about 0.2 mile where you will reach a stop sign opposite Fitzwilliam Inn.
Turn left and keep following Rt. 119 West for another 0.6 mile.
Bear right onto Rhododendron Road at the state park sign (the old Town Cemetery will be on your left).
Follow Rhododendron Road for 2.0 miles.
Turn right onto Rockwood Pond Road, then almost immediately bear left into the park's entrance road. The parking lot is at the end of this access road.

From the west:
From the junction of Routes 10 and 119 in Winchester or from the junction of Routes 32 and 119 in Richmond, travel on Rt. 119 East.
Turn left onto Old Troy Road at Beechwood Corners. This is about 9.6 miles east of Winchester, or 3.4 miles east of Richmond.
Follow Old Troy Road for 1.0 mile where it meets Rhododendron Road. (There will be an old tennis court on your left at this junction).
Turn right onto Rhododendron Road and follow it for 1.3 miles.
Turn left onto Rockwood Pond Road, then almost immediately bear left into the park's entrance road. The parking lot is at the end of this access road