Mt. Monadnock: Subalpine Rocky Bald
Description: The open summit of Mt. Monadnock in southwestern New Hampshire offers an excellent example of the subalpine rocky bald community, as well as several exemplary forest communities on the hillsides below. This has been called one the most-climbed mountains in the world, however, so expect crowds, especially at the summit and on the two most frequently used trails, the White Dot and the White Cross Trails. The Pumpelly Ridge Trail usually offers relative solitude, and much of the upper part of it is above treeline. The network of trails on the mountain's south side are also usually less crowded and offer interesting ways to experience the mountain.
Directions: Hike to summit on any number of trails leading from Monadnock State Park, or take the longer Pumpelly Ridge Trail from Dublin or the Marlboro Trail from Marlborough.
Landowners: State of NH – DRED (Division of Parks & Recreation) and Society for the Protection of NH Forests