Looking for a great trail in Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Monadnock State Park ranging from 3.8 to 8 miles and from 1,227 to 3,143 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Went 9/14: summit was "closed" . Only allowed to go to White Cross/White Dot jct. Rained/very windy. Took White Dot up and back. Crawled up the rocks and slid and crawled back down. White Cross would have had the wind against us. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Will do it again next summer.

The summit was “closed” but we were still able to make it to the top. High winds, wet rocks, and very little visibility. Not for the faint of heart but worth the struggle nonetheless

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

great hike overall. no visibility at the summit and very windy.

Great trail, very scenic. Not for the casual hiker. Took about 4 hours in total up and down, coming down via the white cross trail. Trail markings on the cascade trail on some points were worn or not in obvious spots, it requires attention to not wander in the wrong direction at a few points.

I came down White cross, some steep spots but not as bad as white dot. Trail has a lot of water on it right now and is muddy in spots. Rocks get very slippery. There was a few sections I could not avoid the water or mud which went over my boots.

This was the long way to the summit. Very nice well maintained trail but not well marked after red spot trail. Red spot has some steep rock scrambles. Nice way to hike to summit if you have time.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Excellent trail, being well-marked and well-maintained. The Dublin trail ascends at a steady, but forgiving rate, although one should bear in mind that there is a lengthy rock scramble toward the end. That being said, I suspect any amateur hiker should be able to complete this without many complications.

I did this yesterday, it was my first extended hike. I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. It was awesome! Although because it rained in the morning it was very slippery. Other than that it was a great first hike!

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Parker to Lost Farm to Cliff Walk to White Cross to summit. A variety of wet, rocky scrambling

on Pumpelly Trail

hiking
8 days ago

This has got to be my favorite Monadnock hike. At 8.5 miles it’s a great day hike. A mix of everything from walking in the woods, a 20 minute steep steady climb after the first 45 minutes of warm up. The views from the ridges are satisfactory as you ascend the last 2.5 miles to the summit. This is a long hike for Monadnock but you avoid the crowds hiking straight up the rocks and boulders from the State Park. This trail from Dublin lake is lightly traveled so no crowds.

Within the quarter mile we found 3 orange salamanders! Hiked this trail with kids in the age range from 8-16. They did great with some occasional help. It ended up being 4.3 miles for us and there was a marathon going on. So this was more than just the normal heavy trafficked trail. Still, it was cool to watch people conquer such a race! We got to the top in about 2 hours with a couple water breaks. One scramble going up on white dot was tough with kids and I was glad there were so many people there to help. (You had to hug the wall and just go fast). Definitely, go up white dot and back down white cross! People were going back down white dot and that would be dangerous with young kids. I thought it was dangerous for adults! White cross had a lot of puddle hopping. The hopping was fun at times (until you didn’t make the hop). Make sure you have hiking shoes cuz you will need the grip up and down the scrambles. The rangers were helpful and great at the entrance. He said it will take you about 4 hours, and it did! (I usually am much faster). Overall, great hike and my nieces and nephews did it without complaints (to be honest, bribes were used). This is a great hike I would do it again! Maybe, even make it a tradition with my nieces and nephews!!

The Parker Trail is a lightly traveled, easy trail that gets you away from the crowd ascending on the White Dot Trail. We turned onto the moderate White Arrow Trail and traveled it briefly before turning onto the Monte Rosa Trail. This moderate to difficult trail is steep with some scrambling but leads to the Monte Rosa Summit. Here you can get a teaser of the views from the top on Mount Monadnock. From Monte Rosa, we headed for Monadnock on the Smith Summit Trail. This is a somewhat steep trail requiring scrambling in many places The blazes are difficult to see at times as they are white dots painted on the rocks. Several times we had to backtrack a bit to get back on trail. But we followed this to the summit. The great part of going this way is that we were pretty much away from the crowds until we hit the top. The views from there are stunning. The return trip on Pumpelly Trail was extremely rocky in places but offered up more good views. Overall, it was a terrific hike that I want to do again when the leaves change color.

Easy hike with ok views.. good hike to just get out and enjoy nature! Only a tiny portion of the White Dot trail had awkward scramble.

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

This trail was really fun. Steep in spots before you start to get out of the dense forest. Then it’s mostly rock faces. Some scrambling. You could really choose how much scrambling you want to do since everything’s so open. Things were wet but you could easily dodge the areas. Only saw a few people on the way up and on the way down. The top was mobbed but that’s what I expected. Had some snacks near Billing’s Fold and walked around a little bit up top. Definitely going to sleep good tonight lol.

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