Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

White Dot Trailhead

Distance

4.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

1876 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jonathan Elsner

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $100/night

Wally Meadows at Purgatory Falls

Lyndeborough, New Hampshire

From $120/night

The Snug Life

Wilton, New Hampshire

From $99/night

The Lost Boys Hideout

Weare, New Hampshire

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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!!

Distance

4.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

1876 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Jonathan Elsner

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