I went hiking today for just the second time this year and I climbed to the top of Mount Monadnock. According to the Wikipedia page, it is one of the most hiked mountains in the world and has been frequented by the likes of Thoreau and Emerson. Given the rich history of the mountain, I wanted to experience the thrill of climbing it as well.

On the way to the top, I took the white dot trail, which is the steepest way to reach the summit. I was surprised by how steep it is. It wasn’t difficult, but it wasn’t cake either. In some cases, I used my hands to crawl up the rocks while some people I met going down slid down the flat rocks to reach the next point.

On the way down, I opted for the white cross trail. While it isn’t as steep, it isn’t a walk in the park either. It is littered with rocks. Last April, I climbed Mount Willard and it was pretty easy to climb with some fresh snow on the ground.

Sneak peak at Mount Monadnock from far:

Let the hiking begin:

Almost at the top:

Video I took at the summit: