It’s windy and cold at the top so pack layers! Once you pass this section, it’s not bad at all. Near submit was steep and slippery with frost. Parts of it are a climb, not a hike, but it is well worth the effort. Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails DSC00023. The White Cross trail had some really icy sections which made for a more difficult descent. It was a weekday and I only saw 8 other hikers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. There is a lot of scrambling and bouldering, and if you're 5'4", expect to be on all 4s. Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails. The White Dot Trail begins at Monadnock State Park Headquarters. Definitely rated hard for a reason, lots of rock climbing. Other trails in the area include the White Cross Trail, Birchtoft Trail, Cascade Link Trail and Pumpelly Trail. We went down White Cross. See the park website for more info: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/monadnock-state-park Zero visibility but it was still a great hike. It was a great day and got some laughs too. To the southwest is Little Monadnock. The hiking trails are very steep in places and can be rocky. Make reservation night before for $15+$1 processing fee! Somehow it felt easier going down in the winter compared to summer. Amenities include a mini general store and restrooms at the parking area. If you regularly hike or backpack in the northeast, please join our Facebook group, New England Hiking and Backpacking! From Route 124 West Turnpike Road, and then take a sharp right turn onto Dublin Road. Descend the same route you came up - on the White Dot Trail. At around 1.9 miles in length, the White Dot Trail is the shortest yet steepest trail to the mountain’s summit. It was cloudy, so we did not get the clear view from the summit. Combine that fact with the mountain’s peak elevation of about 3200 feet, and one might expect an easy “walk in the park.” But scaling Monadnock is actually a quite satisfying and challenging hike. sure if that even makes sense (?). Views were incredible even though we only made it as high as the intersection with White across trail because we lost day light— plan for a long hike! My 1st time hiking this trail in the winter & it sure did not disappoint! Take the White Dot Trail up and the White Cross Trail down. Mt. Not Take note that the steep sections are around halfway up and on the final ascent. It can easily be done in a half day. If nature calls, it’s worth taking the opportunity to go here, as the trail can be busy, and privacy may be hard to come by from here on out. Monadnock HQ Reservations > 169 Poole Rd (Access to main trails - White Dot and White Cross) Old Toll Road Reservations > 9 Halfway House Rd (Access to White Arrow - no direct access to White Dot) With a deep history, ties to the arts, and a myriad of hiking trails, Mount Monadnock is hiked by over 100,000 people every year. This hike is a great workout in both endurance and strength. A mecca for hikers for over 150 years, Mount Monadnock is commonly touted as the most climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere. Leia had both her hiking boot lose the souls. Well maintained and marked with white blaze. We ripped off the soles the rest of the way and she made it down the rest of the way with out soles. Mt. Not too much ice, but I wore micro-spikes. As such, it is much wider than your average trail and is a good way for large groups to make their ascent. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Most groups I talked to didn’t make it to the summit either, but 2 did! Take a left and continue about a mile to the parking lot. Excellent potential for a demanding mountain hike. Microspikes are definitely needed. Easy to follow and well marked trail. They rent out spikes for $10. Two of the most popular trails are the White Cross of White Dot trails. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. 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. Well worth the trip. Click on a trail name to go to the description. This last class 2 section climb up a rocky exposed slanted ridge to the summit of Mt. The park rangers suggest that first-time Monadnock hikers — or even first-time hikers, which is often the case at this mountain — head up to the summit on the White Dot Trail (two miles; about two hours), and descend on the White Cross Trail (2.2 miles; about two and a half hours). Parking in the lot off of Poole Road can be a challenge, and the summit can be windy, so you may want to bring an additional layer for the top. bring micro spikes. Monadnock (3,165’) can be hiked as an easy/moderate 5.2-mile loop using White Dot Trail and White Cross Trail. A very popular, steep scramble up a nice peak in Southern New Hampshire with great views from its bald summit. Wet- climbed up with my 9 yr old son and had a great day. Length 3.8 miElevation gain 1748 ftRoute type Out & back Note: In response to COVID-19, NH State Parks will be utilizing our online day use reservation system at Monadnock State Park. Friday, January 8, 2021. Note: In response to COVID-19, NH State Parks will be utilizing our online day use reservation system at Monadnock State Park. Easy to follow the trail dots but very steep at parts. Monadnock taking just 24 minutes and 44 seconds to reach the summit via the White Dot Trail. Grand Monadnock is a spectacular isolated mountain that offers commanding expansive views of New England. Little wet but the good kind of challenging. As advertised otherwise. The vast majority of first time hikers ascend the 2 mile White Dot Trail to the summit. White Dot Trail is the shortest direct steep route up the mountain from headquarters. Need spikes on your shoes - very icey! As one of the most climbed mountains, Monadnock is a very popular New England hike just north of very populated cities in Vermont and Massachusetts so you most likely won't be alone on the trail. Challenging trail! Monadnock. Difficult climb but Amazing view at the top! Hover over a trail name to see it on the map. There was a couple of people who had to get help to get back down. We had our own, but they do rent them at the visitor center for $10. You probably won't be alone if it is a sunny Summer day. Beautiful trail with amazing views of snow and flurries. White Dot to Mount Monadnock is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jaffrey, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. NEED really great crampons or spikes. No view today. Monadnock. You just never know. White Dot to Mount Monadnock is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jaffrey, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Take the time to relax then head back down the same way you came up. However, if you want a change of scenery and an easier descent, consider taking the White Cross Trail down. Chose to start hike about 1.5 hours after daybreak to allow for frost to thaw and would certainly suggest doing the same. Started at 6:00am with headlamps. To get to the White Dot Trail parking area (Monadnock State Park) On a GPS, type in the address of 116 Poole Road, Jaffrey, New Hampshire for Monadnock State Park. The trail soon reaches the exposed summit cone. 01/17/21. Access is through Monadnock State Reservation. We chose to do this hike on a spring weekday to avoid the crowds, and despite the relative tranquility that was our reward, the trail’s wide girth served as a steady reminder of the often heavy foot traffic. When planning a visit, reservations must be made prior to the arrival and no later than 5pm the day of your visit. ours only had chains i guess they rent out true spikes at the check in hut. 360 degrees of views. The view at the top was beautiful. Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails is a 6.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jaffrey, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. I made it about 3/4 the way up got a good view and had to turn back. We were advised to hike the white dot trail up and to take the white cross trail down (because it was less steep). Really beautiful hike! The White Cross Trail with merge with the White Dot on the left. There are many paths to take to the summit of Mount Monadnock. It was a very icy trail, traction gear is necessary. The White Dot Trail begins at Monadnock State Park Headquarters, and starts as a mild, well-worn trail through the woods. Mt Monadnock Summit, 15 November 2020 White dot trail main route up and less steeper path down Mixed conditions: sunny, lows 40 base /windy and 30 — 3h 15m Nearby Recommended Routes RECOMMENDED ROUTE Well, somehow, we started on the white cross trail down and ended up taking the white dot trail both ways. Jaffrey, NH – On October 24, 2020, at approximately 1:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified of a hiker in distress on the White Dot Trail in the town of Jaffrey. It was just overall amazing. The first 0.6~ miles of the trail is a rather gradual, wide dirt path and will take hikers to Falcon Spring and the base of the Cascade Link Trail. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity. There is a $15 fee per vehicle to park and hike in the state park. Hiking Mount Monadnock via the White Dot and White Cross trails is quite straightforward. Although I could not summit, I made it very close. Fun, short but challenging hike. You can approach and climb Mount Monadnock from any direction—north, south, east, west—but the shortest, quickest and most popular route is from the southeast via the Monadnock State Park headquarters off NH Route 124 ().. White Dot Trail. Gear. The trail starts off with a very long slight grade and then ramps up to a steep and rocky assault. All the water over the rocks is frozen which make the experience real fun! I think it is wise to get them. My partner seemed to channel her inner mountain goat and cranked right through the steep rocky part. Monadnock State Park, PO Box 181, Jaffrey, NH 03452, (603) 532-8862. BRING LAYERS! The White Dot Trail is the most traveled path to the summit of Mount Monadnock. 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. Beautiful. After another 30 miles when you get to Jaffrey take a right on to Route 124 and follow it just over 2 miles to take a right onto Dublin Road for another 1.2 miles to you get to Poole Road. Interactive trail map for Mt. those would have been better our shoes slowed us down a bit. See the park website for more info: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/monadnock-state-park. Nice staff in loco. Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire is reportedly the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world (after Mount Fuji). Mount Monadnock via White Dot and White Cross Trails is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jaffrey, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Take exit 5 off of I-89 and follow Route 202/9 14.3 miles to the split onto just 202. Visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival at the park and visitors who do not make a reservation, will be turned away. Very icy don’t go up without spikes. Icy, some bouldering. Older kids will have a ton of fun rock hopping their way to the summit on the steep trail and this hike is also a great place to see the changing leaves in fall. From the New Hampshire State Parks blog: In the summer of 2001, Elijah Barrett of New Ipswich, NH set the official record ascent time up Mt. 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I rented the crampons for $10 from the headquarters and was so happy I did. I did not make it to the summit because I was caught by dusk. My hiking partner and I went up the white dot and came down the cross. Trails: White Arrow Trail, Halfway House Road. Monadnock Mountain is reputed to be one of the most hiked mountains in the world with over 125,000 people climbing it every year. There is a $5 fee per person to hike Monadnock. Many folks (including myself) experienced falls given the thick ice. The most popular trail is the White Dot Trail which begins at the Monadnock State Park headquarters. verrrry icy the whole way. Make sure you carry spikes for shoes to walk over the snow. Happy hike! Be safe! Caught a beautiful sunrise. Our eyelashes frosted over. Steep and rocky but absolutely beautiful view. Hiker Rescued from White Dot Trail, Mt. There is a $4 per person fee for usage and parking. Hiked White Dot 12/9/20. When planning a visit, reservations must be made prior to the arrival and no later than 5pm the day of your visit. Definitely seemed like there were bears lurking in the bushes near us (smells and scratch marks on the rocks). Some steep parts & rock scrambles but all around manageable! The park rangers suggest that first-time Monadnock hikers — or even first-time hikers, which is often the case at this mountain — head up to the summit on the White Dot Trail (two miles; about two hours), and descend on the White Cross Trail (2.2 miles; about two and a half hours). Would not descend before high noon if following a day of precipitation as some tree coverage on rock faces make for slick conditions. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH. It is even popular with regulars because it a quick good workout. The White Arrow Trail to Mt Monadnock Summit at Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey, New Hampshire is a difficult 5-mile out-and-back hike to the top of Mount Monadnock that features stunning views. It was a quad burner going up. To the west, far off is Mt. Visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival at the park and visitors who do not make a reservation, will be turned away. It took us about 3 hrs total and we stopped for lunch at the top. Continue on the road for roughly 1.3 miles and turn left onto Poole Road. Leave the parking lot in the direction of the Park Store, and continue past the store toward the restrooms. No need for micro spikes (yet) but will be after first snowfall and a week or so of steady freezing temps. Well marked, icy, need spikes. While they are shortest in mileage (~2.5 mi up), they also have the toughest terrain. The White Dot Trail begins in Monadnock State Park, accessed from the parking lot behind the park store. 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Now for the funny part. 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. good for a short day trip. You absolutely need boot spikes for the very icy and rocky path, and it is a good idea to take water, some food, a survival blanket, and a flashlight in your backpack. Wish we could’ve stayed longer for the view, it was incredible ! Nothing eventful on the way down. Mt. It is by far the most used path to the summit and on a busy day you will have much company heading up the mountain. Greylock. The time was officially timed by Monadnock Patrol Staff; a … The White Dot trail was in good condition with only a few icy spots. It starts off with a nice … hike with duct tape. Going down the White Cross was very wet. Park here and start off on the White Dot Trail. Was very windy at summit, struggled to stand at times. There was 3 or 4 inches of snow. We went up White Dot and there was only one super sketchy steep part that was hard to get up. Cross was a little slippery with the leaves and a little wetter than the dot on the way up. Needed spikes. At 0.6 miles, you'll see the first junction for … Mt. Spikes a MUST. White Dot Trail is a 2,770 m blue singletrack family friendly trail located near Jaffrey New Hampshire. That was okay because it was like winter wonderland up there. Ibex W2 Sport Tank and Hooded Indie I wore the W2 for … Trees were covered with icicles. Please plan ahead in the event the parking areas reach capacity. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Maybe all the snow/ice made it easier for the knees. Treacherous at times, but rewards greatly outweigh the risk. Nice trail. It parallels the White Dot Trail and ends at the same place the White Dot Trail started. 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