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Monadnock Mountain
Above: Mount Monadnock


Hiking Trails to the Summit of Mount Monadnock


It is often asked what is the easiest way up Mount Monadnock. There are several direct routes to the summit of Mount Monadnock:


The White Dot Trail and White Cross Trail from Monadnock State Park has rangers to help, usually ample parking, bathroom facilities and a store at Monadnock state park headquarters which is open most of the year. Monadnock State Park is open year-round.


*White Dot Trail: From Headquarters to the summit, the most direct route is the White Dot Trail.  The White Dot Trail is the shortest trail to the summit (1.9 miles) but the trail is steep in it's middle section and final climb to the summit. Allow 3-4 hours for round trip). To see more go to WhiteDot+WhiteCross page.


*White Cross Trail: From Headquarters the White Cross Trail is mostly less steep than the White Dot with a few steeper spots that offer some views. The White Cross Trail is slightly longer than the White Dot Trail (2.1 miles) The White Cross Trail re-joins the White Dot Trail .3 miles from the summit shortly before the last steep climb up the summit. Allow 3-4 hours for round trip. To see more go to WhiteDot+WhiteCross page.


At the Route 124 Old Toll Road trail head there is a ranger stationed to help and some supplies such as water to purchase (seasonal).


*The Old Toll Road White Arrow Trail: from route 124 is slightly longer than the White Dot Trail (2.1 miles). The White Arrow Trail is less steep than the White Dot Trail but has one short steep spot before reaching the summit. The Old Toll Road is a road walk for just about a 1 mile then turns into a rocky trail where the road turns to a private residence. About 50 yards up is a clearing which is the site of the Old Halfway House. The White Arrow Trail is 1 mile up moderate grades to the summit from the Old Halfway House Site. To see more go to OldToll Rd.+WhiteArrow.


There are some other direct trails to the summit from other trail heads as well:


*Dublin Trail: is a direct trail that goes up moderate grades to the summit in 2.1 miles. The Dublin Trail is accessible from a small parking lot by a dirt road; OId Troy Road (seasonal road). Allow 3-4 hours round trip). To see more go to Other Main Trails


*Marlboro Trail: is another direct route to summit. The Marlboro Trail is has ledge which offers views along the course up the mountain (2 miles to summit). The Marlboro Trail steepens in it's middle section before topping out on the ridge. The road to the Marlboro Trail (Shaker Farm Road) is typically in very rough and poor condition for driving a car over. Allow 3-4 hours round trip hike).To see more go to Other Main Trails


*Birchtoft Trail / Red Spot Trail: from Gilson Pond Campground is a longer route to summit at 3.5 miles. The first 2.1 miles is along easy grades. Then at the Red Spot Trail the trail climbs the mountain for 1 mile to the Pumpelly Trail for the last .4 miles to summit. Allow 5 1/2 to 6 hours for round trip. To see more go to Other Main Trails.


*Pumpelly Trail: is the longest direct route to the summit 4.5 miles. The trail goes over rolling terrain for the first 1.8 miles then climbs steeply up to the first viewpoint at the halfway point. The trail continues through spruce past some open spots along the way. For the last mile to the summit the Pumpelly Trail goes over a mostly exposed ridge with wide open views along the way. Allow about 7 hours round trip. There is very limited on street parking and the trail head isn't well mark and may be difficult to spot if you are the first hiker. To see more go to Other Main Trails.


*There are also many more ways to hike Mount Monadnock than directly to the summit as you can see in Monadnock Trails.


Below: Mount Monadnock looking south
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Monadnock Trails website: Author, Creator, and photos by Frederick Pitcher 2013
Use of the information on this site is the sole risk of the user.  The author is not responsible for the trails or anyone's ability to follow them.  In addition to the trails there are certain places in this website described that are off trail.  Anyone exploring Monadnock does so at their own risk.


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Jaffrey Weather Forecast, NH

The weather above is for the base of the mountain.