Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails

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Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails is a 3.7 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
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,768 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. Other trails in the area include the White Cross Trail, Birchtoft Trail, Cascade Link Trail and Pumpelly Trail.

hiking
1 day ago

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

hiking
2 days ago

Really liked this hike... pretty difficult but doable

hiking
5 days ago

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.

10 days ago

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!

13 days ago

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.

18 days ago

Loved it. A lot of people though.

20 days ago

great hike. wonderful views

hiking
21 days ago

Adventured to New Hampshire to hike Mt. Monadnock!! Took me 60 minutes to ascend from the bottom at 1,375’ to the top at 3,165’ and the actual hike was around 2 miles straight up. The last 0.7 miles is steep with a lot of rock!!! If you bring little ones though you’ll prob have to add an extra 60 minutes onto your hike, at least! Awesome hike with beautiful views though!! You can see into Vermont & Massachusetts from the summit. Took me around 50 minutes to descend. If your into hiking, I highly recommend it if your ever out this way; you won’t regret it!!!

22 days ago

It was somewhat challenging on the descent.

hiking
23 days ago

This was our first hiking experience and we loved it! We are beginners, we go to gym twice a week or so, but we are not hikers. It took us about 2 hours to get up and 1.5 hours down. Take plenty of water as we ran of ours half way up and it was a bit challenging! Lots of people on the top, but we loved chatting with other hikers on the way, people were super nice and were telling us stories about how their 6-year old kids did this hike so this was additional motivator for us. Overall: great trail, a bit challenging but definitely doable, make stops to rest and drink plenty of water, you’ll be so proud of yourself when you reach the summit!

28 days ago

I may have broke my phone and toe on the way down but still my favorite hike

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail for a nice spring day hike.

1 month ago

Awesome day!

1 month ago

Hiked Tuesday July 10th beautiful day how ever trail was very hard and I was not aware of that involved a lot of very tough climbing and very steep but very beautiful view one thing I ran out of water about halfway up and I brought a lot so due to difficulty be sure to even over pack the water! Very kind people I met along the way!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail last summer with a group of friends. It was my first hike up a mountain and this was an amazing trail. Lots of friendly people along the way. Not exactly an easy trail but was well worth the trek up to the summit amazing views along the wY and at the top it’s break taking. I’ve been a fan of hiking up mountains ever since. Love it!!.

hiking
1 month ago

We completed the trail on Saturday. The weather was excellent and we finished in under 4 hours. Definitely go with the red dot on the way up, as this trail is a lot steeper. The views are excellent. We did not really need a bug spray. I would also recommend proper hiking boots because there are several parts that do not have too much friction and tennis shoes will make you a bit uncomfortable.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this as our first big mountain family hike on July 7th with our 7 and 10 year olds. They did well going up White Dot and down White Cross... but I'm afraid of heights and found White Dot to have a couple spots that were straight up rock and too much adventure for my taste. Coming down the White Cross Trail, it was intense, but not as wild as White Dot. To do over for those of us enjoying a challenging hike, with out scaling up flat rocks, I recommend using the White Cross trail. White Cross trail was also less busy. White Dot we had to wait in line as we all made our way to the top. Lastly, I can offer that kids in tow (kids towing us up) it took us about 2 hours from parking lot to the summit. A well populated hike, great challenges, and spectacular views from the top. We could even see Boston beautifully!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views all the way up. Took white dot up to summit then took white cross down, pretty tough climb both ways. Wicked windy up top.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked white dot up and white cross down. Beautiful breeze, almost chilly on top! If you start off early, you avoid the excess amount of people. Definitely challenging in spots; don’t forget to turn around and see the beautiful views. At the top there is a 360 degree view. Today I could see Boston.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty hike! The white dot trail was tough. I was very concerned about going down by way of white dot alone, so I chose to take white cross down and boy was I happy! There's some parts up white dot that involved a lot of climbing and steep uphill rock climbing. All in all a good time, though!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the White Cross up and Dot down. Would consider doing White Cross up and down next time. We liked that trail better although it was longer by 0.2 miles. Dot has some real climbs and going down them was rough. Would have been better to go Dot up and Cross down. With all the stones, hiking boots are better than sneakers or flip flops, which we did see two people in.

Views were awesome

1 month ago

One my best hikes. Went up the mountain with my wife and continued to hike up with my kids. Hiking up the rocky faced has always been the highlight of our hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked up White Dot trail and came down White Cross trail. We went on a weekday (July 3rd), so saw few people, (maybe the 95 degree temps and humidity sent most folks to be near water or stay inside?). Nice hike, lots of rocks to climb but doable for all levels. We took our time and stopped often to hydrate.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Besides the number of people you encounter, a perfect afternoon hike. Rocky and beautiful with an awesome 360 view on the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Some rock scaling near the summit that makes it very memorable!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! We hiked up white dog and down white cross. Very well maintained and marked. Nice views but not stellar. Fantastic day hike.

1 month ago

Awesome trail with gorgeous views!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful. The first mountain I’ve ever climbed. Did it a few years back. Difficult at parts because it’s like you’re rock climbing, but a great workout!! Definitely would recommend it to others. Awesome photo ops at the summit. Would love to do it again!!!

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