Explore the most popular birding trails in Monadnock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely moderate to difficult because of the rocky trail and scrambling of rocks. View is worth it completely! We went with a 7 and 9 year old and it took 5.5 hours with lots of breaks.

Amazing! Really good for my first time hiking!

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!

Great hike! Challenging terrain but not overwhelming. Make sure to check the weather before you go, since there isn’t a lot around the mountain to act as a buffer for extreme winds! It took us around 5 hours to complete.

This was a challenging hike for me, harder and longer than Monte Rosa-White Arrow or the Dublin Trail. The ascent on White Cross was VERY crowded; a school trip of over 100 teenagers was coming down as i started up, making it impossible to hit a stride. The views approaching the summit were spectacular on this clear fall day. Descending via Pumpelly to Cascade Link is longer but less steep and a nice change from the other approaches. This part of Pumpelly is entirely marked by cairns. Cascade Link, marked by an orange dot, was muddy and had some tricky, near-vertical root & rock parts. My cell phone died on the 5 hr hike so i didn't get a recording.

Loved everything about this trail! It wasn’t as busy as white dot, was challenging in part, and was beautiful. My new favorite way to get to the summit.

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

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Great trail- was really slippery (rain for days) and the top was packed. We ended up going back down to a lower view to avoid the crowds. I would do this trail again.

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.

Better than white dot trail by far!! We went too early this past Saturday so very foggy at the top. It cold very quickly, I saw people in sandals and no tshirts going by us. Be prepare don't be one of those people. I took us an hour and 45 minutes going up.

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.

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.

I hiked with my co worker who is expert since childhood. Here I am wanted a challenge, however this one is really harder for first timers, but worth it. It’s heavily trafficked . After all I really enjoyed.

Only 4 stars due to the traffic (most I’ve ever seen on any trail).

Did with 11 yr old, 9 yr old, and 6 yr old. All did great. It’s very steep in places, so lots of breaks.

I underestimated this trail! It was steeper than I expected! Was a great hike. Did not bring enough water for the warm & humid weather! Enjoyed the views! Was very crowded.

I hiked this trail September 14, 2018 and am hooked!! It was just the right amount of difficulty, and the view at the top was worth every drop of sweat and sore muscle!!! It was truly spectacular!!!

This is good to get a little exercise in. Very easy compared to most New Hampshire peaks. Took the toughest route we could find yesterday with my wife and 10 year old son and still finished up and down in 3 hours. It is a fun little jaunt for the hiker as long as you can tolerate the DisneyLand like atmosphere with a whole bunch of people who are probably hiking up the only mountain they will ever do and are slow and not well prepared. Due to this - get there really early and knock it out before most others start.

Zipped up this one with a friend, back in the car after three hours or so. View was a bit foggy at the top but we had a great time and it proved to be a bit of a challenge, which we were looking for. Would not recommend if you have bad knees, could be tough.

definitely a challenge. very steep. amazing view at the top makes the climb 100% worth it.

The trail is a great challenge in the snow, and micro spikes are are a must! 10/10 would hike it again. The views are very rewarding.

First mile is easy. Second mile is tough. We walk fast and it took us 1.5 to summit. Great views and great exercise. Wouldn’t recommend for kids under 12.

Delayed review but hiked this on a sunny October day.leaves were beautiful and all was well until we got to the summit and there was a white out snow squall. We didn’t have much of a view with the clouds but it was an exciting, snowy hike down.

Fantastic trail, definitely challenging to newer hikers.

Challenging trail! The peak is well worth the rigorous climb, though.

I cut my hiking teeth on this trail and have climbed it well over 30 times. I have moved on to explore other trails on this mountain, but that does not discredit this trail. I have introduced dozens of people to the beauty of monadnock and southern New England via this trail. To me that's what makes this trail special. Some would say it is crowded, I would call it "available." A decent challenge to encourage any who succeed to the summit.

This is a great hike! It was my first mountain climb and I found it to be worthwhile of quite a steep descent. I recommend taking the White Dot up and the White Cross down. The views from the summit are amazing. It took my group about 2 hours up and 2 hours down, 4 hours round trip.

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