#4 Monroe (5,384 ft.)

Most people think of Monroe as a footnote to being at Lakes of the Clouds hut and summiting Mount Washington: a technicality of prominence. But Monroe is a nice little jaunt up to the summit from the hut, something the kids can do easily. I happened to climb it the morning after our epic slog from Highland Center to Lakes via Jackson; I couldn't go over it on the way to Lakes the previous day because I was too tired, too hot, and too late for dinner. So Steve and I scooted up its gentle slope before we left the next day down the precipitously steep Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, emphasis on ravine.

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