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Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

4.5 Miles Total - 1876 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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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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.

Always A Good Hike

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

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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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