Last weekend, we decided to head out for our first big hike of the season! We went to Miller State Park in New Hampshire to hike Pack Monadnock. We chose this hike for a couple of reasons:
- It is dog-friendly! We love to hike with our dogs (shocking, I know). The regular (and more famous) Mount Monadnock does not allow dogs.
- Since it is close to a really popular mountain in the area (Mount Monadnock), Miller State Park (and Pack Monadnock) do not generally have the same kinds of crowds.
- It is relatively close to home (about 45 minutes away), but not so close that it is a hike we tackle often.
- It is a long and challenging hike (there is even some scrambling involved… well, if you’re short like me!)
We had a great day! The dogs had a blast, and Jeb and I had a great workout. The trails were nice and quiet, and the views were spectacular. There is a fire tower at the summit, and I love to climb up to the top and take photos. The only downside, really, was the mud. It had rained for a solid week here, and the trails were a bit muddy. Not only did the mud attract LOTS of mayflies, but I also slipped and fell while scrambling up some rocks. I’m fine, but I do have a nasty bruise on my thigh. Whoops.
I missed out on a lot of hiking last summer because of my injury. This year, I plan to try lots of new trails! 🙂 Here are some pictures from our day.