Pack Monadnock Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Pack Monadnock


Short but tough climb in Miller State Park.

Page Contributor(s): John Summerson, The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), 2nd Edition

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Climb Summary

Cycling Pack Monadnock, New Hampshire - view looking down a hillside covered in bright fall foliage, cloud cover

Cycling Pack Monadnock, New Hampshire

Ride 1.2 miles gaining 770’ at 12.1% average grade. 

“Pack Monadnock is a short and very steep hill in southern New Hampshire that is often used by those training for Mount Washington as it contains severe stretches of grade in places.  Begin beyond the toll booth as you dive into woods on the narrow road.  Soon double digit grade arrives and a switchback to the left contains the climb maximum.  Beyond the road goes flat in places and a few views appear.  The final stretch is again severe and the climb dead ends at a parking area very close to the top of the mountain.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Northeast, pg. 108.)

Cycling Pack Monadnock, New Hampshire - sign for Miller State Park, fall foliage, one-lane roadway, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

YOWZAH!!  This climb is short but a quad buster!  Best advice we can give: WARM UP first!  The first half-mile averages over 14%.

Cycling Pack Monadnock, New Hampshire - welcome post and informational signs at Miller State Park

The climb is within Miller State Park (533 acres, established 1891), the oldest state park in New Hampshire.  There is a fee for everyone entering the park, including cyclists ($4 as of October 2020). There are very few distant views along the climb as it is bordered by thick forest throughout.  This is not a disadvantage during leaf peeping season as you can see from some of our photographs.

Cycling Pack Monadnock, New Hampshire - photo collage, fall foliage on trees and roadway, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

This awesome bike climb is up Pack Monadnock Mountain which, at a height of 2,290 feet (700 m), is the highest peak of the Wapack Range of mountains and the highest point in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Cycling Pack Monadnock, New Hampshire - fall foliage down hillside, sign for Pack Monadnock Summit

Where’s the name come from?  According to local tradition, the word "pack" is a Native American word for "little" and "monadnock" is used to describe an isolated mountain summit; thus "Little Monadnock" refers to its relationship to the higher Mount Monadnock, 3,165 feet (965 m), 11 miles (18 km) to the west. Pack Monadnock should not be confused with Little Monadnock Mountain, located 17 miles (27 km) to the west.

Roadway Surface and Traffic Report:  The road was in good condition as of October, 2020 and there is mild and slow moving traffic encountered along the way.