Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail

Nashua, New Hampshire

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9 Reviews
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A solitary peak with centuries of tradition, Mount Monadnock is one of the world’s most frequently climbed summits, New Hampshire’s version of Mount Fuji. Even on a weekday, I’ve never hiked this mountain without seeing at least a dozen other people. During the busy fall-foliage season, you may even be part of the crowd diverted to the overflow trailhead a few miles up the road. With so much company, some may wonder why anyone should bother to hike these trails at all. Aside from a majestic peak and tremendous views, a collective memory of naturalist history emanates from this trailhead, which was well known by the likes of Emerson and Thoreau. Footsteps on this mountain lead into geographical realms that conserve part of our cultural heritage. A scattering of cabins under ancient trees creates an aura akin to visiting a grandparent’s old summer place, a sense of retained legacy that no one could ever duplicate. This hike is a rare chance to both climb a mountain and connect with American tradition. Special attractions: Historic views of beautiful landscapes on one of the world's most popular mountains.
Hiking New Hampshire

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Hiking New Hampshire

by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)

A solitary peak with centuries of tradition, Mount Monadnock is one of the world’s most frequently climbed summits, New Hampshire’s version of Mount Fuji. Even on a weekday, I’ve never hiked this mountain without seeing at least a dozen other people. During the busy fall-foliage season, you may even be part of the crowd diverted to the overflow trailhead a few miles up the road. With so much company, some may wonder why anyone should bother to hike these trails at all. Aside from a majestic peak and tremendous views, a collective memory of naturalist history emanates from this trailhead, which was well known by the likes of Emerson and Thoreau.

Footsteps on this mountain lead into geographical realms that conserve part of our cultural heritage. A scattering of cabins under ancient trees creates an aura akin to visiting a grandparent’s old summer place, a sense of retained legacy that no one could ever duplicate. This hike is a rare chance to both climb a mountain and connect with American tradition. Special attractions: Historic views of beautiful landscapes on one of the world's most popular mountains.

©  Larry Pletcher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nashua
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Monadnock State Park
Local Maps: USGS Monadnock Mountain 7.5 x 15
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/11/2010
0

Mount Manadnock never fails to please. AN old stand by.


2/21/2010
0

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.


9/1/2008
0

awesome view. Lots of people. but overall a good hike.


8/3/2008
0

6/21/2008
1

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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