"A cliff-side walk to the summit of one of the most-climbed mountains in the world. Mount Monadnock is one of the best-known mountains in New England. It is claimed to be the second most often climbed mountain in the world, after Mount Fuji. Visible from much of the southwestern corner of the state, the mountain is the highest point in New Hampshire south of the White Mountains, and it is also Boston’s closest “big” mountain. There are 40 miles of trails on the mountain, which provide numerous options for climbing the peak.
The most popular trails are the White Dot, White Cross, and White Arrow, which would best be avoided on summer and fall weekends if you are looking for solitude. Due to its length (4.5 miles one-way), the scenic Pumpelly Trail, which climbs the mountain from East Lake Road in Dublin, may be the best bet for a quiet trip during the busy season. Still, the trip described here makes an equally scenic loop from the Old Toll Road parking area, with the Cliff Walk providing a constant source of interesting views. Please note that dogs are not allowed on Monadnock’s trails."