White Dot Trail to Mount Monadock

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White Dot Trail to Mount Monadock is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jaffrey, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.8 miles 1773 feet Loop

birding

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nature trips

rock climbing

snowboarding

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wild flowers

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rocky

scramble

no dogs

A very popular steep scramble up a very nice peak in Southern New Hampshire with great views from its bald summit This is a great family hike in Southern New Hampshire to a rocky summit with views in all directions. It can easily be done in a half day. Your kids will have a ton of fun rock hopping their way to the summit on the steep trail. This is a very popular climb just north of very populated cities so you probably won't be alone on the trail.

15 days ago

Steep but fun!

very nice!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

My first hike all year and my first hike ever since I was maybe 10.. it was definitely a great climb!! Worth every huff and puff! Would definitely hike this again!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for being so close! 3.8 miles with 1650 elevation gain in under 3 hours. Gets pretty steep near the top with some fun scrambling. Today was a little windy but a great day for hiking in October.

1 month ago

a medium length trail, pretty steep but the top is the best view of any mountain ive ever done!

1 month ago

Definitely a more difficult hike but worth the breath-taking views of the fall foliage for miles and miles! Bring extra layer for top. Very windy and cold at top.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike, with spectacular 360 views at the bare granite rock summit. Wear layers, poles are a help, pack energy bars and water, and get ready to scramble up...and up.....and up! The White Dot trail was crowded as it's the shortest, most direct route to the also busy summit on the perfect Fall day when we hiked, but that's to be expected on this accessible and beautiful, but challenging, hike. Give yourself time to enjoy exploring and relaxing at the summit before heading back down the White Cross trail, as it's less crowded. A perfect day hike for the fairly fit to highly athletic.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful views from the top. Lot of people on the trail but the views are worth the hike. Would definitely gonna do it again

2 months ago

Great hike, very rocky...not an easy hike and walking sticks are helpful.

hiking
2 months ago

a little tough and cramped, but went on a rainy day so there was not a single person on the trail with us. Great views and was cool to hear the thunder rolling through the mountains around us

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Strenuous, but enjoyable. Lots of rocks, some with steep, but climbable faces. The views from the top are amazing!

3 months ago

Very challenging for my first hike but the views above the tree line were incredible.

3 months ago