Hiking The Greenway Trail
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Last week, my DH and I started a new adventure. We're section hiking the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail.
The Monadnock Sunapee Greenway (MSG) is a white-blazed hiking trail in southwestern New Hampshire. It is 48 miles in length from the peak of Mount Monadnock to the peak of Mount Sunapee and can be done from south to north or in reverse. It’s important to understand that the trail runs from peak to peak, so the actual distance you hike will be closer to 53 miles, depending on which trail you take to and from the summits. The description here is from south to north.
The MSG is a great option for New England backpackers looking for a multi-day trip with less traffic than usually found at popular destinations in New Hampshire’s White Mountains or on Vermont’s Long Trail. Due to its latitude, it’s snow-free earlier than more northern locations with higher elevations.
There is some road walking on the MSG, but most are on gravel roads. Some sections of the trail are old farm roads. There are numerous opportunities along the trail to see beautiful wetlands and remote ponds, as well as old farmhouse foundations and stone walls.
So far, we have hiked about 6 miles of the 53-mile trail. Every weekend we hike a new section and intend on finishing the trail before snow flies.