Great trail. Rewarding (and windy!) view at the top. Also got to experience my first snow fall of the season on the way up. The hike is challenging in a good way. Very rocky at the top. Be prepared to climb. A lot of people on the trail and there was a drone flying around on the way back down. I went up white dot and down white cross. Trip time was about 3.5 hours.
Bradley A. on White Dot Trail to Mount Monadock
We hiked the White Dot trail up to the summit and the White Cross trail down. It a good workout and a beautiful journey with the fall colors. There were a decent amount of people on the trail.
I liked it I thought it was pretty foliage was nice but it was so unbelievably crowded and someone was flying a drone which was disrupting! Pretty mountain but not quite what I'm looking for when I want to be in the great outdoors! Also it was not particularly "hard" for someone who is athletic or into hiking.. it would be better rated at Medium
This was certainly a great hike and the summit offered incredible views despite some rain and a lot of wind (I actually love the whipping summit winds)! But if you want to hike and not be around people, this is not the hike for you. We often found ourselves seeking routes off trail to get away from the crowds and set a better pace that worked for us. We descended the Red Spot trail which was a little longer and harder but only saw a handful of people which was a nice change from the White Dot trail. We saw so many people hiking without proper footwear (chuck-taylors, fashion boots) and those folks were struggling in certain spots, especially on the steep rocky climbs below tree line. If you're considering this trail, wear hiking shoes/boots.
If you live in or around Boston - this is probably the best hike you can find within 2 hours of the city.
I did this with my 2 sons - age 6 and 8 - and it really is a perfect hike for young kids. Challenging, but not too long, plenty of interesting rock climbing and run scrambling, and an absolutely spectacular view from the top.
Monadnock isn't that tall, but relative to it's surroundings, which are flat - it really stands out. 1600 vertical feet in less than 2 miles really makes this seem like a much bigger mountain than it is.
So much fun, especially with and for kids.