Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails

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Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jaffrey, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1637 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

A very popular, steep scramble up a nice peak in Southern New Hampshire with great views from its bald summit. Monadnock Mountain is reputed to be one of the most hiked mountains in the world with over 125,000 people climbing it every year. The hiking trails are very steep in places and can be rocky. It can easily be done in a half day. Older kids will have a ton of fun rock hopping their way to the summit on the steep trail and this hike is also a great place to see the changing leaves in fall. As one of the most climbed mountains, Monadnock is a very popular New England hike just north of very populated cities in Vermont and Massachusetts so you most likely won't be alone on the trail. Parking in the lot off of Poole Road can be a challenge, and the summit can be windy, so you may want to bring an additional layer for the top. Check out the different trail maps we have for this area as there are many routes to the summit. Other trails include the White Cross Trail, Birchtoft Trail, Cascade Link Trail, Pumpelly Trail etc.

hiking
9 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Beautiful view

1 month ago

great trail, beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

really enjoyed this trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice day hike make sure to bring appropriate gear!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Hiked up this morning. Fog so no view :/

hiking
2 months ago

Depending on your skill level, it may take you less time. It took me 2 1/2 hrs each time I went. I was exhausted. Beautiful view on the way up and once at the Summit it's absolutely gorgeous. Heavily trafficed. Other rocks on top for kids to venture in.

hiking
2 months ago

Went up the white dot and down the white cross, a couple of notes: (a) there is currently a ton of water on the trail, but it’s still very doable, just pack an extra pair of socks, and (b) wear a nice pair of hiking boots with food grip, otherwise it will be a long, anxious descent. It’s also cold at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

I do like this mountain, but only during the winter or during the week. The trails are clogged with hikers who don't let faster hikers by, stay on the marked trail, or leave no trace. It gets maddening on nice weekend days there. That being said, I took my kid up there for his first summit over 3,000'. He loved it, and it's a great beginner distance if you haven't hiked mountains before. There are some steep and slippery areas, watch out if it's been raining lately as it will be slippery. The White dot trail is generally dryer than the cross. If you don't mind a crowded trail full of (describe them however you like) than give this mountain a shot.

hiking
2 months ago

Sunday went up white dot and down white cross. White Dot's a rocky scramble in places but my novice hiker friend managed it pretty well. Sections of White Cross trail had become a small stream from runoff from heavy rains a few days ago and it was a slow and slippery descent in places. Gorgeous day and the view from the top was stunning as always.

hiking
2 months ago

Very windy past the treeline and even more so on top. Be cautious going up and down slippery rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

mist, rain and strong winds at top when I went. visibility is low on cloudy days - take care not to lose your bearings.

2 months ago

A feeling of accomplishment at the top! You earn every special moment! Jelly legs for the next 3 days!

hiking
2 months ago

A gorgeous hike full of never ending scrambles. Took about 4 hours to complete with enough time to stop for a brief picnic and take breaks for my jelly legs.

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