Hiking New Hampshire
by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)
© Larry Pletcher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Mount Manadnock never fails to please. AN old stand by.
I made this climb with a group of 12 others in February, and it was a great way to spend the day. We began at the trail head at visitor's center parking lot on Poole road and at the junction, took White Cross Trail all the way to the summit. It was only a moderate climb with nothing too steep, though crampons were a must in crossing some of the bare rock faces nearer to the summit. The trails were definitely crowded though, even in winter, and we were not alone at the summit. I imagine in spring or summer the trails would be much more heavily crowded. The view at the top is superb, and I would definitely recommend this trail - it was a nice day hike. I would be interested in some of the other trails leading up to the summit, though, as there are many.
awesome view. Lots of people. but overall a good hike.
we went up and down the white cross in beautiful conditions, and found it to be challenging but rewarding. the only drawback is the popularity, but i can see why. the white cross is the tougher way up and didnt seem crowded at all until it met up with the white dot. going down the white cross is a little treacherous but much easier with poles. the views are excellent and we did it on a 95 degree day so it was quite a workout. not really any flat parts on the way up the white cross so it is a good trail to set a consistent pace for a vigorous workout.
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