Monadnock Trails Report 12.7.12


“The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change.”  ― Thomas Wolfe

Man, I could read Wolfe all day long. And I have had a chance to as I am off from the Park this week, but I wanted to check in anyways with a report on the trails’ conditions ahead of the weekend. The trails are fairly clear, today. Warmer temperatures earlier in the week once again eliminated any signs of snow or ice that had built up previously.

But, winter looks like it will be making a return by tonight, just in time for the weekend. The Monadnock Region will be experiencing some mixed precipitation through Saturday night. We may see some clearing on Sunday, but a mix of rain and snow will be in the works again by the start of next week.

Significant snow accumulation is not expected as of this writing, but that is always subject to change. What can definitely be expected is wet, icy, and slick trail conditions on the mountain’s slopes.

As stated in last week’s report, now is the time to start packing your traction devices and good decisions.

Park Staff, NH Fish and Game Officers, and Jaffrey Fire Department all assisted in a carry off for a hiker with a broken leg on the White Dot Trail earlier this week. We are always happy to assist hikers in need, but even happier when all visitors complete their hikes safely!

Especially at this time of year, take care of yourselves out there. We’ve all taken our spills on the trails. I’ve taken some nasty falls, too. Accidents do happen, bu the right gear, boots, equipment, and judgment will only increase your chances of finishing your hike so that you are able to hike tomorrow, too.


Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator

My name is Patrick Hummel and I am the NH State Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator. I work statewide supporting invidivual volunteers, Friends groups, Trails groups, and community orgainizations in our State Parks. Previously, I was the 8th Park Manager in Monadnock State Park’s history. I grew up in Jaffrey, in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock, establishing a fascination with the mountain at the age of 6. I enjoy hiking, photography, and traveling. I also enjoy non-fiction reading (mostly), Civil War history, and have come to the acceptance that I will never be the starting first baseman for the New York Mets. I am also an avid music fan with a former career in radio and tour management. I now live at the doorstep to the White Mountains.

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