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This is a very unique hike which is totally different from any conventional hiking trails you’ll find in the sierras. Definitely worth doing at least once. Be careful; it’s very easy to slip and fall. Views are OK, not much to look at honestly.

11/12/18
Bring micro spikes. The top of Thunderbolt and the summit are slippery with black ice. Also, stay clear of the potential for falling ice from the monument. We had a great day, taking our time, with sunny skis and temps in the mid 30s. I enjoyed this walk and the summit views are pretty spectacular. We spotted a mink, the cutest little predator ever. He was undaunted by us as he was so busy hunting field mice. All in all- fabulous hike and memorable experience.

Great hike. A lot of scrambling and very steep climbing in first leg. Whole thing took 2:20. Great views. Would not try if snow and ice on ground. First third is very well marked. Last two thirds are basically flat. Overall great hike.

Climbed for first time. Not a traditional walking trail. Trail begins at white dot trail over rocks and tree roots and ascends quickly. Lots of granite on trail. In fact the “trail” turns to all grainte rock scrambling most of the way, sometimes crab walking on all fours becomes necessary. The summit is beautiful. Getting down equally rocky. Follow the trail markings, take your time, enjoy to views.

Really great hike!! First mile is relatively simple, second mile is more climbing than hiking. We underestimated how cold/windy/icy the hike would be towards the summit. Wear good hiking shoes and many layers!

One of those great trails you tell ur friends about. Clearly beaten trail in the winter. Poor markings. Short distance on roadway.

A very good hike. Very wet and muddy but I found it more a moderate hike rather than hard

Great hike with a good mix of wooded hiking and rock scrambling above the tree line. Includes a false peak. Be prepared, it’s 10-15 degrees colder at the peak vs the base. It’s also very windy at the peak. The payoff is worth it at the peak as the views are stunning. So many great photo ops during the climb. I took the White Dot trail up and the White Cross trail down. The White Cross trail is supposedly less steep, but it still is a steep rocky decent that can take its toll on the knees and ankles. These two trails are heavily trafficked so be prepared to make the hike with 1,000 of your closest new friends. All-in-all, a solid day hike!

Always a great hike! I enjoy the challenge of the Rock scrambles and the sense of accomplishment and freedom when I reach the top. Amazing views well worth the hike. Bring more water & energy boosting snacks than thank you think you need as this hike will have your legs working extremely hard most of the time. Can’t wait to climb this one again.

Great trail....starts steep right off the bat. Have to cross the water a few times getting to the top. Great views of the upper falls. AT to Everett is steep but worth the hike. Ran / Hiked rt 41 to Everett and back in 2 1/2 hrs.

Awesome must-do hiking experience.

Beginning is very easy, after you walk on the side of the road and then go back into woods it gets harder. I would say more in the harder side than moderate. There’s climbing rocks, hanging on to rocks over a edge. Don’t recommend parents to take there kids. But for a experienced hiker, it’s a very good hike! Sometimes it’s got hard to follow the trail marks, some aren’t as easy to notice as others. But as long as you pay attention you should be fine. Very beautiful rock formations!

One of my favorite CT hikes. Right near my house so I get to do this one a lot.

One of my "go-to" trails in the Northeast!! Absolutely amazing!

I loved the trail! It was challenging even when you are prepared and have the proper gear. I wouldn't recommend doing this without good good hiking shoes!

This is a great moderate hike. The first mile of the 5 is by far the most difficult where you gain most of the 1,000 feet of elevation for the 5.5 mile hike. It was a very foggy morning so the views weren’t great at first. However, I got the high point in Connecticut like I wanted and once we gained the ridge just to the west of the high point the valley below was bathed in sunlight and so that was a great sight. All-in-all it was a delightful hike.

Trail seems to be closed for the time being. Multiple signs at the beginning with down trees across the trail. It sounds like a great hike- just not do-able at this time

Nice hike close to Boston. There's a surprising variation of terrain and the trails are pretty easy to follow. The summit is a bit disappointing, as its usually crowded and loud, and the views are just so-so. I'd say this is more of a moderate to easy hike. It's a great warm up mountain for hiking season.

Took Anna’s parking advice; good call.
Up the Thunderbolt, steep in places but got to the top in just over an hour.
Tea in the lodge which was a bit disappointing. Place was stark and uninviting. Could have done with the fire lighting.
Down on the Bellows Pipe which wasn’t as steep and easier on the knees.

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Found it to be a difficult hike. Not because of the elevation or not being in shape, which we were, but the entire trail was walking over large boulders. Coming down was total concentration on where to step to not twist an ankle. Other than that, it was beautiful with great views of the clouds racing by.

I loved this hike! Every bit as beautiful and fun as everyone makes it out to be.

Absolutely love this hike but if you have any hopes of finding some peace and quiet on the mountain, definitely do it on a non-holiday/non-school-vacation weekday. Even early on an autumn Monday I encountered a decent number of folks on the trail, and there were probably 15-20 others at the summit despite the cold temps (~45 F at the summit) and brisk winds. I went up White Dot and down White Cross. It's a lot of elevation in a short distance, definitely challenging in some sections but so satisfying to accomplish. The last bit leading to the summit is very exposed, which I find thrilling in a simultaneously nervous/awed kind of way. Gorgeous views on a clear day, both from the summit and from a number of outlooks along the way.

Love this hike (second time with the 7 year old) but the cloudy day turned to rain. The rocky sections get very dangerous, especially on the way down. A hiker slipped and apparently broke his hip near the summit, and was getting lowered down by rescue personnel. Would not recommend if it’s been wet in the last day or so.

Tuckerman Ravine is like some foreign alien looking landscape! Absolutely nuts! The glacial cirque is truly a sight to behold. Once inside the bowl, you climb up the headwall, and then another push up a set boulder fields. A fun and very memorable climb! Then, you’ll see the parking lot and cars and craziness that is the top, and probably have to wait in line for a summit pic if that’s your thing. Any serious east coast hiker, would be remiss to have missed out on Mount Washington.

Great hike. A good, challenging trail. Gets steep quickly; it isn't long before you see beautiful wildlife and waterfalls. Keep going up to Mt. Everett where you can catch some good views.

Long hike with not that many views. Top gets steep, kinda scary if you’re scared of heights. The top wasn’t that worth it, so I wouldn’t do it again. Took about 3 hours.

I am no expert hiker by any means but this was an enjoyable hike to see some foliage and spectacular views. It is steep, rocky and slippery in some areas in addition to being trafficked by unprepared hikers. I was fine in regular running shoes but hiking boots would be beneficial. Beautiful scenery. Told it would take us 3-4 hours round trip but it took 45 min up and 50 min down. My GPS clocked at ~3 miles round trip, not sure if this was totally accurate or not.

Mt. Monadnock's White Dot trail is the annual field trip of most elementary & high schools in the area. This is a great first time climb and is a go to tourist attraction if you're staying in the area. It's really not that hard and there's a reason it is the 3rd most climbed mountain in the world. You will see tons of children going up the mountain on their own power. Yes, it can be steep for a couple of very short sections but unless you've never walked up a hill before its really not hard.

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