Mt Monadnock White Dot Trail

4.2 Miles
Time to Hike: 2 hours, ~6 minutes
July 13, 2017
July 08, 2019

The White Dot Trail up to Mount Monadnock near Jaffrey New Hampshire is a difficult 4.2 mile loop hike that brings you to the summit of Monadnock with amazing views of the surrounding area above the treeline.

Take the White Dot Trail up and the White Cross Trail down. The elevation change is fairly high for southern New Hampshire at about 1700 feet, so bring plenty of water for your trip.

This is steep nearly the whole way and is one of the most hiked mountains in the northeast. Weekends are a popular day hike for families and groups, so if you want to experience Monadnock on a quiet day, try hiking up during a weekday. Day camps go up all the time, but its still a bear of a hike.

Pets/dogs: are not permitted in Monadnock State Park.

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July 06, 2019
This steep loop is best done counter clockwise going up White Dot, and down White Cross. Most of the trail will be climbing up stone stairs and large stone slopes, with some hand over foot scrambling. It's doable for kids, but I don't think dogs are allowed. There's bathrooms and water at the trailhead but no place to refill or filter water on the way up, so bring 2 liters per person, especially on a hot day. I also recommend bugspray, and sunscreen will be needed at the top, as it's quite exposed with little shade. Overall a great trail with amazing 360 views at the top. There were a decent amount of people on the trails this weekend, but parking was still available and the summit has a ton of room to find your own private spot.

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