Pumpelly Trail

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Pumpelly Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dublin, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October.

8.3 miles
2001 feet
Out & Back




wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Dublin, NH: From Dublin Lake's east end follow Lake Road south about .5 mile to reach the trailhead.

2 months ago

After searching for a long while, finally found Pumpelly Cave, one of the secrets of Monadnock.

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Monadnock is just the best within reasonable distance from me in central MA and this seems like the longest and most fun summit route. Amazing views, technical but not extremely challenging, scenery changes. Good stuff. Get there very early for parking - side of the road on a small road.

5 months ago

Planning a day hike tomorrow, unfortunately don't have time for the Pumpelly Trail because this is my favorite by far. Still on the hunt for the Pumpelly cave. Love that there are no crowds and it's well marked.

5 months ago

Best trail on Mt. Monadnock.

5 months ago

This is a less crowded trail up Mt Monadnock. Easy first 1.5 mile, then steep up for another mile or so. Have to climb up a few boulders which is fun getting up but can be challenging getting down. Great view as you head close to the summit with 360 view up top. Summit however is very busy and can get breezy. Caught the last bit of foliage today. Would highly recommend this hike. But would avoid when weather is wet as the rocks up top can get very slippery.

6 months ago

Well marked and beautiful views! Quiet trail as compared to others there

6 months ago

It’s not for the faint of heart. Well marked and maintained.. Go for it.!

6 months ago

Hiked this trail on 9/24/17. Great trail want to do it again

7 months ago

Fantastic hike and great challenge.

8 months ago

did this Trail last summer on a very foggy day! could barely see 20 feet in front of us, it was still an amazing time despite the lack of views! we did it again a couple weeks later via the Spellman Trail again another awesome day and the views are spectacular! This truly is a magical Mountain

8 months ago

My favorite hike up Monadnock.

10 months ago

Use this trail if you want to avoid the crowds and the steep climb on white dot. White dot trail takes you up 1600 feet in 1.5 miles while this one covers 2000 feet in 4 miles.

Parking is off road. But it's oke as I saw only around 10 cars on a bright Saturday morning at 65 Fahrenheit.

Initial 1 mile is quite easy and a nature walk rather than climb. The gradient becomes more after that. Perfect for warmup. The summit seems really far when you are 60 percent done, but keep at it. It's not as far as it seems.

We started the hike at 10am, reached summit at 1, enjoyed scenes for 30 mins and reached back at 330.

Dublin lake near the trailhead is marked private property, no fishing etc without any clear boundaries so decided not to dip my feet for a pleasant end to the trip. There may be another access point to the lake. Took one star off the rating cos of that.

If you are not sure if you want to travel 2/3 hours to try monadnock, do try the blue hills skyline trail end to end a shot before coming here. Difficulty is same or a bit more.

Next hike, white mountains. :)

11 months ago

absolutely loved this hike - gorgeous views wherever you turn - easy to follow and diverse terrain - only complaint is how crowded and loud it was at the top

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Did it today. Tiny bit of mud at the start but 99.5% of the trail was still snow/ice covered. Def better going first thing in the morning while the snow is hard. I put spikes on once it got steep. Took about 3 hours round trip. I'd say it's on the harder side of moderate. I don't think I'd says it's hard though. Great views once the climb started. Can't wait to come back this summer.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Late November on a Saturday. Very few other hikers. Strenuous in parts, but a great ridge hike once you've gotten some elevation underneath you.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Awesome trail. Getting up to the summit can be a challenge with lots of rocky steps but so worth it!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hiked the Pumpelly Trail, what a beautiful way to spend the day. The trailhead is located directly across from 86 Lake Road and it was 4.5 miles to Monadnock. Starts with a nice stretch of well-shaded forest trail, then a good sharp incline up to the ridge which is more exposed and the views really start to open up. Found some solitude even on a gorgeous Saturday in July. As others have said, it gets much more crowded near Monadnock. After the descent, the trail practically ends as a waterslide down into Dublin Lake. Finishing the day with a dip was so refreshing!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Our favorite trail up Mount Monadnock! This trail is much less crowded and has great views for an extended section of the hike unlike the other trails which only see small views until you reach the top. Very beautiful!

Monday, June 20, 2016

We found this to be a lovely and less-crowded route to the summit of Monadnock. While the summit was fairly crowded on a Sunday afternoon, we saw only a handful of hikers on Pumpelly.

The entrance was much easier to find than the internet suggested. First, Pumpelly Trail is now on Google Maps, so you can drive straight to the trailhead. We cached the entire map to the summit and had phone service (AT&T) throughout the hike. If you want to navigate offline, you just head west .4 miles from the center of Dublin town (at the flag pole), then turn left on Lake Road and go exactly .4 miles. You will see a trail on the left with a sign 5 meters from the road, which is directly across from a brown cabin on the right lakefront.

There are no dogs allowed on the hike (signs posted throughout), but we did see one dog on the summit. The trail was easy to follow in the summer and had only one steep section. We saw a lot of trash near the summit, so you may want to bring a bag to pack trash out if you're a good samaritan.

We also took a swim in Dublin Lake after we came down, so bring a swimsuit or towel if you'd like to cool off!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Check out the video of our hike up this trail : https://youtu.be/a2ilztgslpU
This is one of the easiest trails up the mountain mainly because it is not very steep. We had a great time hiking this in the early spring. It is a fairly long way up, but it goes fast. There are a few sections with some large boulders to crawl up and down. Contrary to the description there are no dogs allowed on this trail or anywhere in Monadnock State Park.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

This is a great trail! Difficult at times, but many great views!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bad ass trail but the day was a scorcher which made it a bit harder to thoroughly enjoy with the wife. I'd do it all over again if I had to though ;p

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My favorite hike in Southern NH. It has everything you could ask for on a rim trail.

Monday, August 17, 2015

what a view.....

Friday, June 05, 2015

Best trail to take to the summit of Monadnock! After the first climb to the ridge the views are with you the entire way to the summit! I also enjoyed the peacefulness of this trail as I saw only two other people on the trail compared to 40-50 at the summit! If you can do the distance it is very worth it!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Definitely one of our favorite half day hikes. So much "bang for your buck," views are incredible for long sections and the hike is fun and just enough of a challenge in spots. Took us about four and a half hours with a couple stops to enjoy the view.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

On a scale of 1-5 this trail is a 25. But AllTrails only goes up to 5 so I gave it a 5 like everyone else. I did this in October 2013, but the memory is like yesterday. Pumpelly Trail offers a scenic and beautiful route up Dublin Ridge and is the longest direct route up the mountain. The trail begins on East Lake Road by Dublin Lake and there isn’t a parking lot. The path starts on private property. The hiking is easy for the first mile then the path starts up the ridge heading up switchbacks. The first views on the trail when nearing the crest of the first crag are halfway to the summit. The path passes over a shoulder through spruce woods with some open ledge and views along the way then reaches the Cascade Link junction. Then heads up by a Bare Crag is a short climb up from the Pumpelly to a fine viewpoint. The Pumpelly passes by another crag called Town Line Peak. Just past Town Line Peak is a path leading north to the peak and views beyond. The Pumpelly heads south toward the summit down to the Spellman junction, where the Spellman heads east steeply down to the State Park, the Pumpelly then starts uphill across increasingly more bare ledge passing the Sarcophagus (looks like a large stone crypt) and nearby 2 acre Thoreau Bog (not visible from trail). The Pumpelly Trail is marked by cairn rock-piles as the ridge becomes bare then reaches the Red Spot Junction, where the Red Spot Trail heads east down the mountain to the State Park. The Pumpelly heads west and dips into a patch of spruce woods then heads steeply uphill with fine views of Mountain Brook Valley. Then the Pumpelly Trail continues up the bare summit cone following cairn rock-piles in 4.4 miles.
From the summit: the Pumpelly Trail is painted in the rock (freshly painted 2010) but if the paint is faded the path is not well marked with cairns at the start, The paint was still good in 2013, head ENE along the high ridge from the summit and in a short distance the Pumpelly trail is well marked with cairns.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I used the trail to climb Mt. Monadnock. Views are really nice. Monadnock can be really crowded, but that's expected from "the most climbed mountain in the world".

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This trail is fantastic. Of all the trails to the summit of Monadnock, it may have the easiest average descent, but it's twice as long as most trails to the summit. I was looking for a good relatively long hike, so I chose this trail. It starts right near Dublin Lake to the east and follows the whole east ridge of Monadnock, much of which is above the (artificial) treeline on bare rock. Because of this, Pumpelly Trail offers some of the most breathtaking views, though in the summer, from what I've read, it can get pretty hot since half of your hike is without shade from trees. Of course, once you're up there, the hope is there is a good breeze and, of course, being that you're on a mountain, there usually is.

Another reason I chose this trail is because its starting point is far removed from all the other trails. I had never even been to this part of the mountain and was able to find the trailhead easily just using this AllTrails.com and Google maps. There isn't any parking area, but as soon as you see the line of cars on the woods side of the road, you know you've arrived. The trailhead was very easy to find - good size opening in the woods at the roadside and the sign is just 20 feet into the woods. I did it solo and completed it in just over 5 hours - about 2 1/2 hours to the summit and just over 2 hours to descend. Going up, the first half is through the woods and features a lot of rocky and rooty terrain, and then, as I mentioned, you get up to bare rock with brush and bushes. About 1 1/2 miles in, there is one section of around 660 yards where the average incline is 25% and a few other spots with much shorter steeper sections, but overall it's not a really difficult hike for anyone with a little experience. The real test is the distance. I definitely recommend this trail for anyone who wants to take a longer, less crowded, more scenic route to the summit than the trails in the main section of the mountain on the south/southwest side.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hiked today in awesome weather. Great views. Some ice left in the stream/trail. Unusually warm. Great workout, great trail.

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