The Raymond Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Peterborough, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From Old Mountain Road to the peak of Pack Monadnock. Overall a good trail with sections in some swampy areas so be aware during the wet months that this will be a wet trail. Trail is well marked with WHITE '' on trees and is fairly easy to follow. There is are also two scrambles up some rocks so use caution.
I am a beginner and this was only my fourth time hiking but I found this trail to be fairly easy. There was a little scrambling but nothing too difficult. This is a good trail for families and children. There's also a paved road, good for bikers or if you don't want to climb back down. The view is nice from the top.
Very nice hike only takes an hour or two
As a newer hiker exploring a variety of trails, I really enjoyed this hike. I found the trail to be easy to follow, although, I would have preferred a few more trail markers, but we never lost the trail. The trail is easily navigated for the most part. There were a couple of rock scrambles, but again nothing to difficult, more fun than difficult.
The views at the top were certainly well worth the effort of the climb! There is a picnic table at the top with a great view. We enjoyed lunch at the top chatting and just enjoying the scenery.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a beginner hike or just a short afternoon hike with a great payoff! Will definitely climb this one again! It's on our short list of favorites. Enjoy!
The trail begins with a small incline to the top of a ridge and then descends into a small swampy area. The climb stays gradually for the next tenth of a mile where it begins to ascends moderately again. The trail then heads down to a brook and gradually climbs from the brook. The trail picks up intensity when it hits a a small scramble up a number of rocks which then leads to a second longer scramble with semi-open views to the west. This area is not quite steep or exposed enough to be class 2 but the footing on this section is not good so use caution. The trail then alternates between moderate and steep pitch.