Temple Mountain

Located off Route 101 in Peterborough across from Miller State Park and Pack Monadnock is an old downhill ski area and Temple Mountain. There is a large parking lot with kiosk, provided ample parking. I have only done Temple Mountain a couple times, one when I hiked the Wapack Trail and a couple other times I have gone up to a lookout point. With having a local hiking group it can be difficult to find new trails to do.. When planning today’s group hike I decided it would be a good time to hike up to the rock chairs on Temple Mountain.

From the parking lot you walk up an old road. You can bare left and follow the Beebe trail, which is relatively steep and goes up various rocks. You can continue to follow the old road, which is also part of the Wapack Trail. There is a lot of loose rocks so if you are not sure about your footing you may want hiking poles. A little under a mile up there is a trail off to the right that continues up the mountain along the Wapack Trail. If you continue up the road you will come to a lookout with a view of Pack Monadnock. There are remnants of the old ski area along the hike.

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From there you head back down the road a few feet and follow the Wapack Trail south.

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The trail meanders through the woods, it is fairly flat and very peaceful.

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A little over a half mile from the lookout you come to the Rock Chairs. There is not view, but the chairs are pretty cool.

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If you are looking for more views you can continue south on the Wapack trail until you come to the Sharon Ledges. Below the ledges are another parking spot if you wanted to leave a car. It is about 5 miles from the Temple Mountain Parking Lot to the Sharon Parking Lot.

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The hike is a good work out and something different to see along with opportunities for further hiking if desired.