Fall is upon us. I love fall for many reasons, the crispness in the air, the beautiful colors, the clear days, pumpkin everything and it’s my birthday season. It is also my favorite time to hike. The Monadnock Regions is a host to many wonderful trails that offer some great views in the fall. Below are some my favorite area hikes to enjoy the foliage. Please keep in mind that it is also hunting season and to wear hunters orange. If you hike with a dog it is also best to have them wear orange and a bell. As always hike at your own risk.
Kidder Mountain Located in New Ipswich, this is a favorite hike of mine for many reasons, but in the fall is a perfect time to hike as the views expand for miles with beautiful colors as the leaves are changing.
Sharon Ledges- On the Wapack Trail in Sharon is the Sharon Ledges, it’s a fairly easy short hike to get up to the ledges and offer more beautiful views looking towards Kidder Mountain and the south part of the Wapack Trail. There is also an option to go further for more views, if you are feeling ambitious you can hike to Temple Mountain.
White Ledges in Temple is a perfect hike for new hikers, young children or someone who wants a quick hike with a big view. It is also cool that you can stand on a large white rock while looking towards Nashua and Manchester.
Mount Caesar in Swanzey has turned into a new favorite hike with a great view. With views of the southwestern part of the state and of Mt. Monadnock, this hike is surely not to disappoint.
Pitcher Mountain In Stoddard is another great easy hike with a amazing view. If you want a little more adventure climb the fire tower to get an more panoramic view.
Kulish Ledges located in Nelson this is one of the most beautiful vista’s in the area with sparkling views of Nubanusit Lake and Spoonwood Pond along with rolling hills of beautiful colors, this is a must hike in the fall.
Crotched Mountain in Greenfield provides some stunning views of Mt Monadnock, Pack Monadnock and North Pack. During the fall months the colors pop here, making it a more magical experience. It is also nice there is a picnic table to enjoy lunch on.
Trails at Willard Pond. Located in Antrim, outside of Hancock the trails at Willard pond offer something for all abilities where its an easy hike around a beautiful pond or a hike up Bald Mountain. This is a great place to explore and enjoy the colors of fall.
I hope you are able to enjoy some of my favorite fall hikes. Always use caution when hiking and hike at your own risk.