Mount Monadnock offers numerous paths to its barren summit. While a challenging climb, the mountain is especially alluring to young hikers eager to scramble up the many granite ledges.
Hike: Monadnock’s most-visited trails begin at the state park headquarters. For a quieter excursion choose the 2.2-mile Dublin Trail, which provides excellent views and pleasant forest surroundings throughout.
Trailhead: From the Marlborough Road, near the Dublin Country Club, follow the Old Troy Road south 1.8 miles. The final mile can be rough. www.nhstateparks.org.