I was scrolling through my website this morning looking for a place to hike with a friend and I was surprised that I did not have Gap Mountain on my website. Even though I only hike Gap once or twice a year, it is one of my favorite hikes because I love the view at the top.
Before more rain set in, a friend, my daughter and I decided to hike Gap Mountain. I always take the wrong turn to get to the trailhead. From Rindge you take Rt 119 towards Fitzwilliam. At the intersection take a right onto Rt 12. There are two Gap Mountain Roads and I always take the first one, which is a dead end. You need to take the second one that has a sign for the Gap Mountain Trailhead. Follow the road and the signs to the trailhead, which is on the left. One of the good things about this trailhead is there is plenty of parking, a porta potty and a kiosk with a map.
We started out on the trail and as I expected the trail was pretty muddle from all the rain we have had, but we did not find the trail too slippery. The first half of the trail is fairly flat, meandering through the woods and over a couple streams.
The second half of the trail starts to get a little steeper with the last quarter mile fairly steep climbing up rocks.
We did see what I assumed was a trail volunteer trying to clear the trail and help the water drain.
My nine year old did great hiking today and actually liked the stairs and climbing over the rocks near the top.
Even though the last quarter mile is steep, the view from the top was worth it. I love how you get a direct view of Mt. Monadnock. Even on a cloudy day.
It was around 11am when we got to the top and it looked like the sun was setting.
The hike is about 1.4 miles to the top. This is a great hike if you want a little challenge with a great view. If you are visiting or live in the Monadnock area, put this hike on your list of must dos.