Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock . The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands. In 1987, Mount Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark. There are 40 miles of maintained foot trails, many of which lead to the bare rock summit through unique alpine vegetation. Unsurpassed 100-mile views to points in all six New England states are the reward for a climb. The Monadnock Visitor Center offers interesting exhibits on various aspects of the park's history, ecology, trails and trail information and maps are posted near the Visitor Center. Remember, there are no facilities available on the mountain. Monadnock State Park offers a great winter experience. Approximately 12 miles of the trail system in the lower elevations offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier. Camping services are limited after the close of the reservation season - pit toilets are open during the winter, but water and firewood are not always available, and the campground road is not plowed. New! The first new campground in the NH State Park System in over 40 years has opened at Gilson Pond Campground! This new family camping area opened July 9, 2010 at Monadnock State Park and is located just down the road from the park headquarters area at 585 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452. The new campground has 35 campsites that can accommodate tents and pop-ups plus 5 remote hike-to sites. A new bathhouse with showers and playground complete this facility. There are several trails leaving the area that lead to the summit of Mount Monadnock or shorter hikes around the state park. Reservations are being accepted through ReserveAmerica for Gilson Pond Campground, the headquarters camping area is no longer available for family camping.
Rachel S. on White Cross Trail
My favorite trail up Monadnock. Starts easy, either through the woods or up the dirt road, then gets steep and rocky. The last push looks intimidating but there are plenty of places to stop and re-assess. Terrific views to the south, 360 degree views once you summit. If you want a slightly longer hike, take either the Monte Rosa/Fairy Spring trail or the Cliff Walk/Bald Rock trail.
We hiked this on our way up to the summit to kick off our Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway hike. It felt pretty steep in full packs but was actually easier than we expected. We got to the top around 7am (after sunrise but before the usual dayhikers) so we had the pleasure of having the entire mountaintop to ourselves - an extremely rare treat on this usually crowded mountain.
Challenging hike. Many places to stop to enjoy beautiful views and catch your breath. Need endurance to make it up mountain and strong legs to handle impact going down. Hiking shoes recommended for traction on reasonable high incline and declines. Worth the hike up!
Fred G. on White Cross Trail
Awesome trail !
Brea V. on White Cross Trail
Less direct route to summit of Monadnock but definitely easier. Would recommend over white dot.
I did this one back in 2013. What a nice, easy little trail. There is spruce, birch, maple and some other hardwoods. I love the northern forest scent. It connects with the Cascade Lin and, Hinkley Trail. This trail is easy and down low but it is a great little leg stretcher before you head up the mountain.