Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

White Dot Trailhead

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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RT Distance 4.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1876 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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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!


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