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Mount Monroe Information

Elevation: 5,372 feet (1,637 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 254 feet (77 meters)
Location: Thompson and Meserves Purchase, NH
Range: Presidential Range
Coordinates: 44°15'20" North     71°19'21" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Difficult
Features: Alpine Zone What is an Alpine Zone?, Waterfalls, Gorge, Peak Bagging What is Peak Bagging?,
Lakes of the Clouds, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, , 360 Degree Views
Distance of highlighted hike below: 7 miles

Mount Monroe is a 5,372 foot mountain in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. It is the 4th highest mountain on the 4,000 footers official list of New Hampshire. There are 2 small lakes and a hut between Mount Monroe and Mount Washington called Lakes of the Clouds, and Lakes of the Clouds Hut. The summit offers 360 degree amazing views that include Mount washington and the rest of the Presidential Range Mountains.

For peak-baggers:
Mount Franklin is roughly 1 mile from the summit of Mount Monroe
Mount Washington is 1.8 miles from the summit of Mount Monroe
Mount Eisenhower is 2.6 miles from the summit of Mount Monroe

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New Hampshire 4,000 footers
New Hampshire 4,000 footers in Winter season
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     New Hampshire Hundred Highest
New England Hundred highest
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Northeast 111
Trailwrights 72 summit club
48x12 "The Grid"


Mount Monroe, NH New Hampshire, Coos County, Hiking NH 4000 Footers
Looking at Mount Monroe and one of the Lakes of the Clouds. Photo taken on September 11, 2010.
Mount Monroe Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Monroe, but also shown on the map: Mount Washington, Mount Franklin (not considered a 4,000 footer) and Mount Eisenhower.

You start on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail located in the parking area off of Base Road in Thompson and Meserves Purchase, NH. Hike 1 mile which is fairly flat, but rocky. You will come to a small junction with a 0.3 mile trail leading to Base Station. Stay right here to stay on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. Continue for 1.1 miles where you will reach Gem Pool and its waterfall. Continue for 0.2 miles where you will see a sign for a gorge. Take that path on the right if you want to see am amazing set of 2 waterfalls side by side. (That path is only about 80 yards.) Once you get back on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, hike up for 0.8 miles where you will find yourself at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut and the junction of the Crawford Path, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. Follow the Crawford Path for 0.1 and bear right to go to the Mount Monroe Loop. The summit is only 0.3 miles from there. You can choose to descend Mount Monroe on either side of the loop trail pictured below.

You can choose to get back to your car in the parking lot by retracing your steps back down, or you can peak bag and hike Mount Washington.To do this, take the Crawford Path from the Lakes of the Clouds Hut towards the right for 1.5 miles to the summit.

Mount Monroe Map - White Mountains, Thompson and Meserves Purchase, NH New Hampshire, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Lakes of the Clouds, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, Franklin Mountain, Mount Eisenhower, Mount Washington, Oakes Gulf, Presidential Range, Dry River Wilderness, Sokokis River, Cog Railway
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Mount Monroe Photos Top

Mount Monroe, NH New Hampshire, Coos County, Hiking NH 4000 Footers
Looking up to Mount Monroe from the Lakes of the Clouds Hut in the Winter.

Mount monroe Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for this hike is located on Base Road in Thompson and Meserves Purchase, NH. From the junction of Route 3 and Route 302, head East on Route 302 for 5 miles. Turn left onto Base Road. (You will see a billboard for the Cog Railroad, and a restaurant on the corner.) Drive 5 miles and turn right into the WMNF parking area. Sometimes you can park up the hill, other times they require you to park at the bottom, and walk up. The trail begins up the paved road, behind all the buildings on the right side. It is signed.

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