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Monadnock State Park features the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock, a National Natural Landmark. The park is made up of 40 miles of maintained foot trails, most of which will take you towards the summit of this impressive mountain. Sweeping 100-mile views of the White Mountains, Vermont, Massachusetts, and all the other New England states await you when you reach the summit. You have your choice of hiking trails that are direct routes to the summit in addition to multiple loop trail options, most of which leave from the main trailhead. The Monadnock Visitor Center has informative exhibits about the local area, and maps are available close to the Visitor Center. There are no bathrooms or water fountains available on the mountain, so you will need to plan accordingly. Monadnock State Park day use fee: $5 per person, $2 for children aged 6-12, children 5 and under are free and New Hampshire residents over 65 are also free. This State Park is also an option for winter hikers. Lower elevation trails offers ski touring for the experienced cross country skier. Camping is also possible during the winter but please note that water and firewood are limited, and the campground road is not plowed. Check out the Gilson Pond family camping area located just down the road from the park headquarters area at 585 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452. 35 campsites for tents and five hike in sites accompany new bathrooms and shower facilities. Several trails depart from the campground and 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.

After searching for a long while, finally found Pumpelly Cave, one of the secrets of Monadnock.

Choose when you go wisely, trails are often packed in warmer months.

On a warmer day (1/21), temps were in upper 30's. summit was 31degree. Had microspikes and proven to be essential for the hike. Saw another couple from Brazil who had cleats and after suggesting them gave them one spare microspikes. They were really thankful at the summit. Summit was little windy and we had to put the gloves and cap back on otherwise it was manageable with good jacket and thermals.

Fun, not a place to hike for a quiet afternoon

Incredible hike! There are a lot of scrambled and a lot of boulders, but the views are entirely worth it. It was pretty challenging and took us about ~4 hours to hike it, round trip. There are SO MANY people on this hike! The summit has a very nice area for picnics with a great view.

Great trail, went up yesterday, look for days with low wind on the summit it was brutally cold at the summit. Microspikes are a must to do safely. Snow isn't too deep yet.

beautiful day to hike- freezing temps kept the crowds away, but the sun and clear skies made for a lovely trip. microspikes were helpful with snow and ice covering the trail. enough people had blazed ahead, so no trouble finding the path. entire trip took about 2.5hrs.

First winter hike 12 degrees at base -4 at summit beautiful day to get out!

White dot up, white cross (least steep) down, 3 hours 40 min; carried microspike but not needed; slippery surface with rock and leaves but manageable condition. Lots of people on trails. Amazing views half way and at the top.

Great hike! Beautiful view

great trail, beautiful views

I live near the base of Monadnock. Hiking it over the years, the halfway house way is my favorite. You get a great warm-up as you walk up the dirt road. The trails go in and out of difficulty as you progress through them, but it all makes for the best hike. And the views at the top are so worth it. My favorite place on this planet is up there. Find “Nature’s Recliner” at the top. It’s a rock formation that faces the sunset and is shaped like a reclining chair.

3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Monadnock is just the best within reasonable distance from me in central MA and this seems like the longest and most fun summit route. Amazing views, technical but not extremely challenging, scenery changes. Good stuff. Get there very early for parking - side of the road on a small road.

really enjoyed this trail

3 months ago

Planning a day hike tomorrow, unfortunately don't have time for the Pumpelly Trail because this is my favorite by far. Still on the hunt for the Pumpelly cave. Love that there are no crowds and it's well marked.

Nice day hike make sure to bring appropriate gear!

Beautiful hike today with my boys! However white cross was much more difficult, unsure why the gentleman manning the entrance told us white dot up, white cross down. I️ would have found white dot going down would have been much easier.

Heavily trafficked are the keywords here. I’m giving it four stars because it’s Mount Monadnock but there are less busy trails to the top that are just as scenic.

Hiked up this morning. Fog so no view :/

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