Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

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Distance

4.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1876 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Jonathan Elsner

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.

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Ice ice baby

Today’s hike started with small ice patches that soon turned into mostly iced rocks. Then as temps warmed, a wet film formed over the ice. Making a difficult hike even more so. Winter climbs on white dot are not for newbies but worth the effort.

gorgeous views!

This was a challenging hike with lots of rock hopping. My legs were feeling it afterward, but oh my goodness, the views were incredible!!

Dublin Trail

Beautiful hike! Nothing moderate about this trail! It was hard and kicked my ass!! But, with my 7 year old grandson, my son, and my son in law, we conquered this! Rock scrambles...lots and lots of rock scrambling! Go at your own pace and bring lots of water and enjoy! The best part....only saw a handful of people on this trail.

Challenging and Rewarding!

This hike is a very steep climb through the woods most of the way up but the views are amazing. I completed the hike in May and would definitely do it again. Definitely keep climbing to the very top once you reach the first opening it is 100% worth it!

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!!

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!

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.

Great Hike

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

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.

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.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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