Hike to the Summit of Mount Monadnock

4.5 Miles Round Trip - 1876 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

White Dot Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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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4.5 Miles
1876 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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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.

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 :)