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Well, husband wanted to head over towards the Keene area in hopes of grabbing some color on the trees and avoid humanoids, so I picked Gap Mtn. It took forever and a day to get to the tiny town of Troy, NH, but we took a scenic route to travel roads unfamiliar to us. Unfortunately it was cloudy and socked in and drizzly but we made the best of it. 2 hours later we arrived at the trailhead to find it pretty full surprisingly. It is a whopping 1.3 mile hike and has 3 peaks (although you only discern 2). It follows the MM trail and is flat in the first .5 miles before ascending more steeply. There was some color, mostly yellow poplars and some orange maples, but mostly the leaf peeping had passed, which I was quite surprised about, given its southern terminus. Seems we have more color and leaves here than there but anyhoo.... There is a stand of pines you walk through with a soft needle carpet to lead the way. It was an old cow pasture apparently where farmers from Mass brought there cows there in the summer to graze. At the top of this field before the trail turns to rock ledge, there is an old apple orchard. Some old crab apples still clung to the trees surrounded by stone walls that you pass through. The last .25 is steep and ledgy requiring a handhold in one spot, some stairs both rock and rr ties to ease your ascent. We topped off on a scrubby rocky, socked in summit!!!!! No views of the masses on Monadnock today! We had a snack and continued on over to the Middle Peak, then must have past the northern peak, because we started to head down the other side. We turned around and headed back, jogging down the mtn back to the car.

We ran into a bunch of young teen girls who were loud and not appreciative of the solitude a mtn offers let's say. They didn't appear to be hiker types. Many families with large groups of teens were also present. I was a bit surprised thinking that everyone would be hiking Monadnock. But we survived the busyness of the trail and were disappointed with the low cloud bank, since there is supposed to be a good view of Monadnock. Oh well. It was nice just to be out in nature.

I swear that the weather men are paid to report that it is going to be sunny just to get the tourists here!! Seriously!


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