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Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails

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Monadnock State Park

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 is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,768 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

rock climbing

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wild flowers

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scramble

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no dogs

Note: There is a $5 fee to park and hike in the state park. 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
muddy
rocky
scramble
7 hours ago

Great hike. Incredible view.

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bugs
rocky
2 days ago

Busy on the trail today! Tons of black flies but an overall beautiful, bluebird day 80 degrees for this steep climb!

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

great sunny hike !!!

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

Another great day on Monadnock!! Little buggy of course.

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rocky
7 days ago

Fun trail, lot of rocks and rock climbing involved. I’d recommend just taking the white cross up and down if you or anyone you are with is a afraid of heights. Couple sketchy rock climbing moves

Make sure to get the parking pass online!!! At the bottom of the mountain a lot of May flies. Highly recommended a head net to keep them out of your eyes. Lots of water and mud due to the rain from the day before. A lot of people that don’t care about social distancing. In all we were not in a rush, 4 adults and 2 - two year olds and were able to do in in 5 hours including a nice lunch on top. To be clear you must have a good hiking baby carrier other wise not recommended. In the end a great day with the family.

Damn. This one was challenging. Mainly because I had a 35lb toddler in the hiking backpack the whole way lol. I will say though it was so beautiful. Those views at the top are incredible. I would definitely go the white cross route up and back down. White dot was pretty steep going up!

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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

The only reason I didnt give this five stars is because of how crowded it was! Epic hike with big ascents and many rocky parts that require hands & knees scrambling...I would put this on the moderate-hard scale. Amazing views for a pretty quick hike

hiking
bugs
fee
scramble
8 days ago

Awesome trail! It was very challenging and strenuous in many parts but definitely worth the beautiful views on the summit. My 10 year old son enjoyed and had fun climbing the vertical rock faces. It wasn’t a boring hike for adults or kids that enjoy rock climbing during their hikes. Staff also very friendly. Bring water, snack bug spray and start your hike as early as possible especially if hiking with children.

***NO DOGS ALLOWED*** Awesome trail and was a lot of fun to hike especially when it came to the rock faces you climb up. Definitely a strenuous hike in some spots but totally worth it when you get to the top. Bring plenty of water and bug spray.

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muddy
rocky
snow
10 days ago

White Dot trail was very challenging.... well marked.... But just when you think your close.... Well your not.... when it’s icy need cramp ons.... walking sticks are very helpful.... beautiful view but very windy at top and definitely a lot colder so bring extra clothing.... make sure you have enough water and something to eat.... Overall trail was A+.... Great One for me and well worth the time and effort....

Very nice trail with amazing view

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

No bugs, windy, not too people-ee... great afternoon to escape covid.

hiking
fee
11 days ago

Great trail, quite challenging. A tad muddy at the base, but easy to avoid. **During COVID the park is requiring reservations online to limit the number of people on the trail. We lucked out since they weren’t sold out for the day. But def check online before you go, no reservations given day of.**

It’s great to hike U need good shoes

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