Located on Crotched Mountain Road in Greenfield, New Hampshire is the Crotched Mountain Accessible Trails. These are great trails for beginners. There are two trails here, the Dutton Trail, which is treat for strollers, little legs, and beginner hikers. There is also the Gregg Trail that provides some elevation gain through a series of switchbacks. There is also a trail that goes straight up if you want a little more challenge.
I recently did the hike with my Hike Like a Woman Monadnock Group. We started out from the parking lot, heading towards the right, which provides a beautiful view of Rose and Pinnacle Mountains to the east.
We then followed the trail into the forest.
Along the trail were various signs with poems on them. I am unsure if these are done my local artist, but the poems were related to nature.
About a mile up the switchbacks you reach a observation deck that looks towards Mt. Monadnock and to the north west. The views were beautiful.
At the recommendations of a follow hiker we hiked up a little further to what one of my group members stated is a blueberry field in the summer. From here we were able to get a much better view to the east and west.
From here it is about another mile to the top of Crotched Mountain up the Shannon Trail. My family and I have been to the top, but we took the Bennington Trail. We chose to turn around at the blueberry fields and we did about a two and half mile hike.
The accessible trails Dutton and Gregg are great for beginning hikers. I love the view that you get from the Gregg trail with minimal effort. I’m not sure if the view is just as good in the spring in summer due to leaves on the trees, but I am sure you are able to still get a view.