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White Cross Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 best used from April until October.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,742 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

No dogs

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Notice: In response to COVID-19, NH State Parks will be utilizing our online day use reservation system at Monadnock State Park. Visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival at the park and visitors who do not make a reservation, will be turned away. When planning a visit, reservations must be made prior to the arrival and no later than 9am the day of your visit. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity. See the park website for more info: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/monadnock-state-park

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Karen Keim
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I didn’t run into a single hiker on this trail on August 1, 2020. Of course I started at 5:15am. Don’t forget to stop and turn around, lots of views along the way. Went down red dot over to old ski trail and down white dot. Love this mountain!

Scott Cronshaw
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Rachel H.
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HikingBugsFeeMuddyRockyScramble

This hike was so hard. Make sure you have the proper gear

Jeep Atkinson
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HikingBugsRocky

Hiked solo in almost 4 hours. Parts can be steep, rocky, and slippery but with decent shoes and 3 points of contact it's no problem. Weather was very clear and calm, until a brief, unforecasted summer downpour. Lightly/moderately trafficked.

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Deirdre O’Flynn
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Tom Cretella
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Susannah Clark
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HikingRocky

It’s hard to know how to rate this trail. The route is a crowded, wide and steep highway of rocks to scramble over, and difficult to follow on the granite ledges at the top, which makes for a poor trail that is not very pleasant to hike. But the views and the ledges at the summit are amazing! By all means climb Monadnock, but just don’t take this trail.

Ali Laferriere
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Robert Del Gizzi
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Hiking

Cold and rainy day. Crampons or ice spikes are definitely a necessity, its too steep/icy without them. Took about 3 hours round trip. Summit conditions were windy, definitely recommend a balaclava (didn't have one) unless you want your eyebrows/beard to freeze like mine. Visibility was too low to be able to see anything, but it was a fun hike.

Walt Hilger
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Hiking

Beautiful fall day. Crowded trails. Trail conditions perfect

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Tetra Grammaton
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Hiking

Really amazing trail. If your balance is not good, this is not a good trail for you. The "hard" rating is accurate. Make sure you bring a pack with hats, gloves and rain gear just in case. Also, if you have trouble with heights this might not be for you. Staff were amazingly nice. There is a small store at the base if you forgot anything and brand new hiker friendly bathrooms. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Mei-Lin Sun
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Ethan User
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Sarah Kopac
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HikingRockyScramble

Great route to avoid crowds most of the way up. Right at first crossroad to Cascade and the crowds thin right out. The summit was beautiful but busy. Next time I might go back down the way we came.

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Kari Noseworthy
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Ben Jackson
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Vu Huynh
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Hiking

As most of the reviewers noted, the trail is mostly "straight" uphill. There is nothing too technical but you may need to scramble in some areas. It apparently gets packed on the weekend in the summer, so I went early. On my way down, there were a lot of people coming up so I took the white cross trail down instead.

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Brenda Flynn
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Lin-Lee A.
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Hiking

Great trail no bugs to speak of really enjoyed!

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