Gap Mountain is so-named for a prominent saddle or gap between its twin summits as seen from the west in Troy. The key attractions at Gap are the stunning vista of Mt. Monadnock looming just to the north and the summer high- and low-bush blueberry crops ringing the open ledges of the north summit. Volunteer land stewards from the Forest Society periodically maintain the openings along the upper reaches of the trail to help sustain the blueberries. The forest on Gap Mountain is a legacy of extensive farm pastures which formerly extended over the entire mountain, including the 1,862 foot summit. Today, the lower slopes of Gap Mountain are cloaked in second-growth forest of white pine and red oak. The remains of a former apple orchard can be found along the excellent hiking trail from the Jaffrey trailhead on the east, which crosses the historic stonewall-lined Gap Mountain Road.

GREAT HIKE. Most of it is an easy incline. Lots of
Muddy spots right now, but no snow!
Towards the last part of the trail is a long set of stairs then a fun scramble at the top. The scramble was tricky while carrying an almost 30 lb. toddler on my back, but would have been a lot easier without carrying.
You could see that there were TONS of blueberry bushes.
Great views from the summit, especially of Mount Monadnock!
I look forward to doing this one again without a toddler on my back!

Gives you a decent workout, but not too tough, the view from the summit(s) is very nice.

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6 months ago

A great little hike with easy/moderate incline, mostly towards the end of the trail.Took approximately 2 hours round trip with a break to enjoy the awesome view!

It's definitely moderate, the last but was steep. I'm out with a 8,6,4,2 and 1 year old. the 8 and 6 could've made it to the summit but after all the stairs at the end the littles couldn't. Trail is beautiful and clear. We will definitely come back and try to reach the summit again.

my boyfriend and I hiked it today. thought it was listed as moderate, it was pretty easy, other than the last 30 ft. It gets a bit steep towards the top. There are lots of blueberries on the summit, and a nice view of Mount Monadnoch

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10 months ago

This place is in my top ten for hiking. The views are beautiful, but not nearly as stunning as the trail itself. When I went this summer I saw a flock of cedar waxwings as well.

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10 months ago

Takes about 30 minutes to top. Nice view of Monadnock at summit. Lots of wild blueberries during June/July. Usually not a lot of traffic between August-May.

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11 months ago

Took our 2.5 year old and 7 month old in a pack. What a wonderful family day! I had to carry the older at times on the way up and most of the way down (we left late and missed nap time) but I cherished every minute of it! Wonderful view and all the blueberries you can eat/carry. Well marked trail and well kept! Will do this again and again!

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11 months ago

The trail was well marked! It did have some harder, climbing spots but when we got to the top it was well worth it. So many blueberries!! and the views were awesome. I would do this hike again if it was closer to home.

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11 months ago

I had to rest a few times, but it's totally worth it to get to the top!

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11 months ago

Excellent trail with great views. watch out for flies.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Good trail would do again. I was pleasantly surprised and happy I could bring the dog.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Great family hike (been doing it with our kids since they were 5). Decent view at the top.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's a good hike with some rewarding views.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Perfect hike for an active recovery after hiking nearby Mt Monadnock

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Hiked the last week of July 2016, some of the blueberry bushes were 6' high and 12' wide and loaded with ripe berries..... great hike, the blueberry summit has great views too..

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Well marked. Fairly easy until near top. Great views for reasonable effort. Nice sunset/moonrise views.

Friday, May 20, 2016

easy, a bit steep at th end.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Nice trail - only the last part a bit steep, as other reviewers have indicated. Beautiful views. Dog friendly. Trail very well marked. Took about an hour and a half with the dog frequently stopping and taking in the views on top.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nice and easy trail. Awesome view of Monadnock, and if you squint hard enough you can see Sunapee out in the distance.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

I did this on a wintry overcast day in January, with several inches of new snow covering an icy crust on the trail. With microspikes strapped on, it was a lovely, gentle walk on the Spur Trail which merges with the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail at .4 mi. This trail crosses a brook and meanders through the forest slope through stone walls and across an old woods road, then ascends a nicely built stair system while the ascent becomes steeper. There is a gentle rock scramble before the forest gives way to scrub and emerges on a the Middle Peak of Gap Mountain (1,840') at 1.2 mi. from which there are really nice 360 degree views. Pushing along to the north-west, the North Peak (1,820') is attained at 1.4 mi. at which there is a cairn marking the summit. Both peaks provide a spectacular view of Mount Monadnock just to the east. Just about two hours out and back. It is a fun walk, one I will definitely do again.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Excellent hiking!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Very nice view at the top.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Easy hike, with blueberries!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Pretty easy, especially the first 3/4ths. A bit steep right before the summit. Nice open trails, not too buggy. Good hike for the family.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

This was a fairly easy but pleasant hike. Apparently there are two trails up - we took the one leading from the southern parking spot. I haven't hiked in a while, so it was a good way to start - good exercise but pretty gentle until the final ascent. As other reviewers have said, it starts off fairly easy - a gradual uphill - but the last bit is steeper. I forgot to check the ascent time, but the total hike was over in just over two hours and we stayed at the top for about twenty minutes. The trail is well marked, and it would be a great family trail. It could also be a challenging trail running course.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hiked with my 4yr old son last weekend. The bulk of this trail is very easy, slight assent, however the last 1/4mi maybe is challenging. My son and dog had a tough time in a few spots, especially the switchback right before you reach peak, but we had an awesome time despite the snow and ice. View atop is fantastic.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Great views, lots of wild blueberries at the top. This trail is great for any age hiker. Well maintained trail. Dog friendly.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Great for a nice morning or afternoon walk beautiful views of mt. Monadnock.

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