Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

New Hampshire White Dot Trailhead

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Summit the most prominent mountain peak in southern New Hampshire. Monadnock is said to be the world's third most climbed mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. Mount Monadnock is criss-crossed by many miles of well-maintained hiking trails. The popular White Dot Trail (2.2 miles) is the shortest but steepest ascent to summit, accessible from the Monadnock State Park headquarters on the southeast side of the mountain.

Another popular option is the White Arrow Trail (2.3 miles), considered the easiest ascent, via the Old Toll Road Trailhead on the south side of the mountain. The climb up to the summit requires some climbing on slippery and steep granite surfaces, but the way is clearly marked.

Pack List

  • Water and snacks
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
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Activities:

Camping, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1876 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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17 days ago

Great Mountain

I've hiked this mountain to the summit a couple times. Each time, I've had a really positive experience and have seen some amazing views. This mountain was one that sparked my passion for hiking and would recommend to anyone!! Ps. A little tip would to be not to hike this mountain in early spring (rookie mistake) unless you're properly equipped. I hiked in a pair of my usual sneakers (they were soaked) and trugged/ boot skiied down the whole mountain. While it wasn't the best choice, it made for a great experience!!

17 days ago

3 months ago

Love This Hike

We love this hike because it's short and sweet. Big temp change from base to peak so be sure to bring layers!

3 months ago

7 months ago

Mt. Monadnock

I've hiked Monadnock several times. Great for large groups of people, and there are different trails with different difficulties. Great view from the top on a nice day! You can even see Boston if it's very clear. Definitely recommend this hike to all.

7 months ago

10 months ago

Great Hike

One of my favorites to do every year! Spring and fall is a beautiful time to go.

10 months ago

12 months ago

Spring Fog

Top was totally shrouded in fog. Couldn't see more than 50 yards from the summit. Kinda disappointing to miss the view but equally awesome being totally isolated. Memorial Day weekend had this place as busy as Disney World. First time I ever had to wait in line to scale some rocks.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Always A Good Choice

I've hiked Monadnock and pack Monadnock countless times since I've been a kid. I've gone in all seasons, but fall in by far my favorite. Fantastic views, a fairly challenging day hike depending on what your experience level is and what path you choose. There is an awesome natural spring half way up the mountain if you take the white dot trail. I advise you stop and fill up a bottle or two there.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Always A Good Hike

Never lets me down. It's only 2 hours from Boston and the view at the top is perfect.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Painful

The summit is incredible, and the hike up wasn't bad at all! However the loose rocks towards the base of the mountain were constant, which was painful on the knees. They are loose too, so it's easy to slip. Kind of ruined the experience for me.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Am amazing hike along the Pumpelly Trail. Challenging but completely worth it! The Pumpelly Trail was also quite empty so it was a nice change from the summit of the mountain which was crowded with people. Be ready for lots of scrambling :)

almost 2 years ago

Added by Jonathan Elsner

I am an avid explorer of New England. From coast to mountains, there is so much to see and do, and do again as the season change the scenery so drastically. 
 Photography is my main driving force when exploring new places. I like to experiment with capturing motion and time. I'm also trying to learn more about night photography.

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