Yesterday I hiked a 4-mile mountain hike with my DH on a perfect hiking day.
We got our packs ready the night before so we could have an early start, and we were on the trail by 8. Monadnock is a busy place, and we knew that the parking lot at our favorite trail could full up fast.
It was a little chilly as we started out, and we both wore a thin jacket with our down jacket over it. As the temperature rose and we started perspiring, we put our jackets in our backpacks, and never needed them again. The trail was dry and quiet. Just the way we like it.
As we approached the scramble, we could feel our age. The hike wasn't quite as easy as we remembered. We have been hiking Mt Monadnock together for 15 years.
We took a second rest so that I could change my socks. I always love keeping my feet happy while hiking. I also needed a rest. Even though I walk for 90 minutes 4-5 times a week, it is on flat ground. Hiking a mountain takes a lot of stamina!
Finally, we reached what we call "middle mountain. We're halfway to the summit. I love this open area, the views, and the makers on the rocks.
Th steepest part of the climb is ahead of us. We take our time on The Scramble, and the rest of the climb is easy!
The shadows were long and we were so happy to be hiking together. The Marlborough Trail is our favorite spot to be. We talked about Jim Johnson who was the Land Steward of the trail for many years, and once saw him caring for the trail. Jim has passed, but his spirit and his memory remains.
We hiked up the first incline, and commented on the back-breaking work of moving the stones for the trail. We took some short water breaks, and kept hiking higher up the trail. Out first real rest came at the vista.
We took our time going up and over The Scramble. It is the steepest part of our climb. After that, the trail is easy.
The summit is in sight now, and also the many other people who have hiked ahead of us. Hikers have been here since sunrise. We saw at least 2 groups of hikers who would be hiking the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail (MSG) and would be hiking all weekend long.
The summit was too noisy for us, and we only stayed for a few photos.
We hiked down about half a mile, and stopped for lunch in a quiet spot. John had cold milk and two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in his pack.
It was a great day for a Monadnock hike!