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Little Monadnock Mountain

Length: 2.6 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 700 feet

Rating (click for info): 6/10

Elevation: 1883 ft

Prominence: 739 ft

Best Time to Visit:
Obviously, it is best to visit when the Rhododendrons are in bloom so you can explore the entire grove. To time your hike correctly, subscribe to NH State Parks' Rhododendron Bloom Report (link to state parks website above).

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on Rockwood Road in Fitzwilliam, NH. To get there, take Rhododendron Road off Rt. 119, 0.9 miles west of Rt. 12. Drive for 2.0 miles, then turn right onto Rockwood Road (marked as Rhododendron State Park). Bear left into the parking area just after the cabin.

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About the Hike:
Little Monadnock Mountain, one of the many destinations on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, is located in Rhododendron State Park and features a good view of Mt. Monadnock. The hike begins on the Rhododendron Loop Trail. From the parking area, walk down the right fork of Rhododendron Loop for 0.2 miles. In 0.2 miles, turn right onto Little Monadnock Trail. It winds through the forest over mostly flat terrain, past some recent logging cuts. It begins to climb at a large rock scramble. The climb is short, but surprisingly steep. At the end of the trail is a thin, restricted view of Mt. Monadnock at a trail junction with the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. The sign indicates the summit is 0.1 miles away to the left, but it is actually 0.3. You can visit the summit if you wish, but it is almost viewless. The best view is 0.2 miles down the M-M the other direction (to the right). It is an area known as "North Meadows", and provides a much wider view to the north, from Mt. Monadnock to Vermont.

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