White Dot Trail to Mount Monadock

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White Dot Trail to Mount Monadock 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.

3.8 miles 1771 feet Loop

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wild flowers

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scramble

no dogs

A very popular steep scramble up a very nice peak in Southern New Hampshire with great views from its bald summit. Mt Monadnock is reputed to be one of the most hiked mountains in the world with over 125,000 people climbing it every year. The trails are very steep in places and 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. This is a very popular climb just north of very populated cities so you probably won't be alone on the trail.

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3 hours ago

Great trail, very rocky and gets very slick after it rains. Took about 2 hours to reach the summit from the parking lot along this trail and about 2.5 hours to return to the parking lot via the White Cross Trail. Both trails were very muddy, but passable. Unfortunately the clouds were low and the day was overcast so the view was terrible. The difficult rating is spot on.

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really nice hike, but a lot of people at around

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2 months ago

Well maintained trail but extremely slippery in the winter. I would love to come back in the spring to do it so I can finally reach the summit.

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2 months ago

Great trail! Didn't go super prepared with crampons and poles, which I do recommend bringing if you're looking for more smooth sailing and less slip and slide moments. Beautiful view. Very windy and cold at top, so we couldn't stay for long. Took a little over three hours to use the White Dot trail both up and down.

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3 months ago

Took my family on this hike in August of 2016. We had a late start (1 pm) but were easily back to the car by 5/6 pm with a nice stay at the summit. We took the popular White Dot Trail to the summit and the White Cross trail on the return trip. It had been nearly 20 years when I last ascended (still had the map from them in one of my backpacks). The White Dot trail was definitely a steep scramble. It was my kids first hike and they definitely worked a little harder than they expected. The summit was crowded which was expected. Beautiful 360 views however. Side note: Fourth of July night hikes up are a treat with the full view of fireworks from Boston to Manchester and around. The White Cross trail was less step overall with a few pitches. Mostly the trails were marked with rock and roots and obstacles which made it hard to get into a good rhythm on the descent. Overall, a close mountain with different options and a nice view for a reward. Not my favorite hike on those trails. Need to try a different approach (although longer) next trip.

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3 months ago