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    Senior Member SpencerVT's Avatar
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    Fun hiking project during 2 months of Coronavirus - Monadnock red line

    Since March 13th when everything shut down, I decided to take on a little hiking project to help get through the doldrums of this pandemic.
    I live in Vermont only around 20 miles from Mount Monadnock, so I decided to climb every trail on the Official Monadnock Map. I just finished red-lining the entire map yesterday (Or orange-lining which is the color highlighter I used LOL).
    It was an awesome experience climbing these 40 miles of trails over the past two months. I finished it off with a bushwhack to the summit.
    I would say the best trail is the Pumpelly trail. Cliff Walk is another fantastic trail with amazing interesting rock terrain and killer views. The toughest would be the Red Spot and Spellman trails. Monadnock as some impressively challenging terrain and in my opinion encompasses everything an awesome mountain should be.

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    Fun project!

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    Since you posted this, I was a little curious if all trails are really shown on this map, so I took a look at OSM-based map: https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#....8518!-72.1121 and a bit to my surprise I discovered that the map now shows many stone walls. I guess the LIDAR-based data has made it to OSM.

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    Now map out the most efficient way to do it as a single unsupported dayhike.
    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. -- Dr. Seuss

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    Nice.
    I am doing a similar project i started back in January.
    Redlining Wachusett every month this year. It's about 17 miles of trails plus more, considering you are going to have to do some of it twice.
    I have narrowed it down to three specific loops that I do to minimize back tracking.
    I don't know what the actual milage is because, I don't carry a gps or use any apps.
    One month this year I plan on doing it in a day, something i mentioned doing on another thread dating back to 2009.

    There is also a patch available if you redline all the trails ( does not have to be completed in one day ) if, you're into that sort of thing.

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    Dave: I actually thought about if all the trails could be climbed in one continuous day hike. I don't think it would be possible because of a) the distance apart of the trail heads at the bottom of the mountain and b) The amount of back-tracking one would have to do would make it much, much longer than 40 miles of hiking.
    However, people are always shattering unthinkable records, so nothing would surprise me at this point!

    Steve: That's cool about Wachusett, that is a fun mountain!

    There are tons of old trails on Monadnock, some from over a century ago. My understanding is that some of them are still sort of followable, while others are non-existent at this point. My goal was just to complete the official current map.
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    When I lived in Shrewsbury, Mass, I hiked Wachusetts 20-30 times,,,Interesting mtn and close by.. always enjoyed it...
    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn"-J.Muir

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