White Cross Trail

HARD 49 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

hiking
10 days ago

Took this trail down from Monadnock. Not too challenging but very steep and rocky in parts. Trail is erroding on the edges. It wasn't that crowded going down and is well marked. The bathrooms and parking lot was good

8 months ago

great for the way down :-). still steep at some points but also nice walking down.

hiking
8 months ago

Way steeper and rockier than I expected, which I actually enjoyed. Definitely a bit of a challenge. Took 1:40 to get to the top. Excellent 360° views. Took White Cross down.

hiking
11 months ago

Very hard trail with lots of rock scrambling. Enjoyed the view but parts of the trail were too difficult for small children or people carrying packs. Great visitor center at the base. $5 per person to park.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail should be called the RED Cross. Don't take this trail unless you have a LOT of time to pick your way down or are comfortable jumping from boulder to boulder for 4 endless miles. The White Dot is SO much better, both up and down the mountain.

11 months ago

Definitely the better way to come down if you went up the much steeper White Dot. Although its not as steep as White Dot, there are still a lot of rocks and can be very damp. Overall awesome hike!

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Very well marked good trail to make a decent

Monday, May 22, 2017

We took the White Dot Trail up the mountain and the White Cross Trail down. Very rocky terrain. Some slippery parts - we had to slide down the side of some large rocky areas. A great trail overall.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great trail, very rocky and gets very slick after it rains. I took the White Dot Trail to the summit and used this trail to return to the parking lot. About 2 hours to summit and about 2.5 hours to return. This trail had a significant amount of standing water in several places along the way, but still passable. Unfortunately the clouds were low and the day was overcast so the view was terrible, but still a great hike. The difficult rating is spot on.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hiked up White dot and down White Cross. Some crab-walking down the rocks, but also lots to grab onto as hiking. Very lovely hike!

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

This one was hard but still I was a fun hike. Did it with my 4 year old. He did great going up but a harder time coming down.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

My favorite trail up Monadnock. Starts easy, either through the woods or up the dirt road, then gets steep and rocky. The last push looks intimidating but there are plenty of places to stop and re-assess. Terrific views to the south, 360 degree views once you summit. If you want a slightly longer hike, take either the Monte Rosa/Fairy Spring trail or the Cliff Walk/Bald Rock trail.

backpacking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We hiked this on our way up to the summit to kick off our Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway hike. It felt pretty steep in full packs but was actually easier than we expected. We got to the top around 7am (after sunrise but before the usual dayhikers) so we had the pleasure of having the entire mountaintop to ourselves - an extremely rare treat on this usually crowded mountain.

hiking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Awesome trail, pretty steep at times, great views all around!

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

varsity athlete and felt it a lot in the knees on the way down from summit. more annoying then challenging, really no trail just steeply climbing up rocks. i thought white dot was more fun. this one is also longer.

walking
Saturday, October 03, 2015

Challenging hike. Many places to stop to enjoy beautiful views and catch your breath. Need endurance to make it up mountain and strong legs to handle impact going down. Hiking shoes recommended for traction on reasonable high incline and declines. Worth the hike up!

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Awesome trail !

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Less direct route to summit of Monadnock but definitely easier. Would recommend over white dot.

hiking
Monday, November 10, 2014

More enjoyable and less crowded than the white dot, I used this trail as my return from the summit via the white dot trail. Good loop, great summit, get ready for the crowds at New Hampshires most popular hiking destination.

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