Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."