The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail is 51 miles long and runs from Mount Monadnock north to Mount Sunapee. The trail was constructed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the AMC and is currently maintained by The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club. The club has published a trail guide book and map - go to www.msgtc.org.
The trail crosses over a significant number of roads and over more than 80 private landowner's properties. Please be respectful of private property, Pack in - Pack out, and take only pictures. Because of the large number of road crossings this trail is perfect broken up into day hikes and there are 6 approved campsites along the trail so it's also perfect for a through hike. Take your pick and enjoy a small piece of southern New Hampshire.
Section Five: Route 31 over Lovewell Mountain to Washington-Bradford Road
There is one campsite on this section. The Max Israel Campsite is north of Lovewell Mountain on the west side of a little stream 6 miles in. Pack In? Pack Out. All water along the Greenway must be sterilized. No fires are allowed and no other camping is allowed on this section. Please respect the wishes of the landowners.
Follow Halfmoon Pond Road out of town. The road makes a sharp left turn at 0.6 miles and heads NNE past an old dam and the Halfmoon Pond boat access. You could park here as long as you don?t block the boat access. ? mile past the boat access you will head east (right) on an old logging road. Follow the logging road for ? of a mile. The trail heads north (left) off the logging road at the 2.7 mile mark. There are a bunch of old logging roads cut through here so follow the blazes and cairns carefully. In about a mile you reach some ledges with a view up Lovewell Mountain. There is a spring here to get water. Don?t forget to sterilize the water! The ascent to the summit of Lovewell Mountain (2473?) is ? of a mile through an evergreen forest. There is a short side path near the summit with a vista to the east. There is another vista at the summit. To the north you can see Mount Sunapee and the Whites beyond. To the northeast you can see Mount Kearsarge. The descent off the summit is through a boreal forest (lots of spruce and fir). At the bottom you cross a stream and then come back up to a ridge. There?s an old abandoned apple orchard in here. At the 6.5 mile mark you reach the Washington-Bradford Road. A quarter mile before the road is the Max Israel Campsite off to the left.
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Begin: The Route 31 crossing is at the Congregational Church on the common in Washington. It is 8.8 miles north of the junction of Route 9 and Route 31. There is a General Store 100 yards north of the church on Route 31. Park behind the Town Hall.
End: 3.8 miles north of Route 31 on the Washington-Bradford Road. I don?t suggest trying to park here. The Washington-Bradford Road is gated and has very limited parking along the edge. There is some parking ? mile from the trailhead on the Washington-Bradford road. Just campout at the Max Israel Campsite or the Moose Lookout Campsite and do the next section! Or go out and back as a day hike.
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