Explore the most popular walking 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.

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.

Hiked white dot up and white cross down. Great trail and not too crowded for a Monday in August. The views from the summit were amazing. Like many reviewers before me there was a-lot of chatter at the top but the vistas more than compensated!

My 5 year old daughter and I took the dublin trail to Monadnock summit. We ended up clocking 5.1 miles with 1700 feet of elevation gain. Gorgeous hike that has a bit of everything. The first mile and a half or so was below tree line and featured a stream that runs alongside with a few intersects. We went the day after some heavy rains, so the trail was quite wet and muddy. My daughter loved the scrambling (theres a lot) especially as you get closer to the summit. This trail is definitely moderate with no sections that would qualify as dangerous for kiddos. This is a great first big mountain climb for young kids. As expected the summit was quite crowded, but we only encountered about 7 other groups on Dublin itself.

not easy but well worth it. beautiful mountain but you have to go early in the day

This hike was challenging but so worth it! The views from the top are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

an easy amble on a nice day

I have hiked Monadnock eight times. I usually take White Dot Trail up and down. But I've done the Pumpelly twice. The Pumpelly is a longer trail, but not as challenging.

Each time my only criticism is the rude, rowdy, loud school kids on the peak having lunch, burping out loud and being fairly obnoxious.

But the views for effort ratio is pretty good and I will be back for more.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail, well kept and humorously marked, on the way down the wind was blowing through the pines - perfect day!

2/3 of this hike is rock scrambling which was ok on the way up, but I hated it coming down. Not my favorite hike.

It is a very steep and rocky climb but you should still be able to cruise. Well worth it at the top.

Fun hike! Definitely more steep at the top, but lovely view

It was a tough hike but the view was worth it. I enjoy hiking but do not do it often enough to consider myself in hiking shape. It took me 2 hours to get to the top with plenty of breaks and just under 2 hours to take white cross down. Would definitely recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes and the trekking poles were helpful for the way down but would be best to have the ability to secure them to a pack when rock scrambling.
After the hike we went to nearby Peterborough. We ate at Harlow's pub and had some beer at Post and Beam brewery. Both were awesome

Really liked this hike... pretty difficult but doable

Went up White Dot and down White Cross. Dot is tough. Some tricky sections of straight up rock. Very strenuous but doable. Also great views as you break through the trees. Going down on Cross was wet. Running water over many of the rocks on the trail. Would probably go up and down Cross next time.

very intense better leave before 7pm so many bugs come out on top of the moutain but great hike woildnt suggests bringing kids on this one i could barley climb the rocks myself took me and the ladys an hour 45 mins to reach the summit

this was a great hike, I would say Parker trail is very easy, but would not rate Cliff Walk trail as easy, quite a few rock scrambles, but lots of fun. Much preferable to the crowded white dot on the way down.

My first hike 3rd or 4th grade with David Ellis my best friend and his parents.. I felt like I fit, I completed something, didn't have to lie or be embarrassed.. I hiked as a teenager then a mom and if I did everything wrong I know that I did one thing right.. getting outside and playing together with my mini fam, friends, and someday one of my boys will be a girls David Ellis and feel like a champ on top of a mountain!

Fun but tough hike. As others have said there is quite a bit of traffic but most people are very pleasant and I never had more than a brief pause (which was usually welcome) Definitely a front loaded hike with great views at the top.

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