Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail

Nashua, New Hampshire 03063

Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail

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."

Mount Monadnock, White Cross Trail Reviews

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6/9/2018
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9/11/2010
Mount Manadnock never fails to please. AN old stand by.
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2/21/2010
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.
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9/1/2008
awesome view. Lots of people. but overall a good hike.
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8/3/2008
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6/21/2008
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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10/5/2007
My 8 year daughter and I had a blast. This was our first trip on Monadnock and we plan on going back. The weather was great and the views spectacular. I recommend the same route we took, up the white dot trail and down the white cross. Going down the white cross trail will help you avoid the large crowds going up. When I was doing research on the mountain I found this website to be very useful, http://www.qcc.mass.edu/brink/Trav-rec/mt_monad/monadtr.html. As previously stated, I would not recommend hiking with young children if the weather is bad. This is one hike I (we) highly recommend.
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9/6/2007
Definatly go early, this trail is full of people. However, it's worth it! Absolutely beautiful views from the top. Going up the White Dot trail and down the White Cross is probably your best bet to avoid being slowed by some of the larger groups.
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7/14/2006
A good training hike for serious hikers/climbers. But also a great hike for a novice to get a bit of a challenge with the rock scrambles and some light rock climbing. Great views along the way, and 360 view at the summit. Tends to be a bit crowded, so go mid-week, early morning.
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6/5/2006
Did this one in the rain! Prepare to get wet, rain gear doesn't make a difference with these rock scrambles. There was 40 mile per hour winds and hail at the summit. This goes to show that even when its in the upper 60's that mountain summits are exposed to extreme conditions. This hike was awesome! I highly sugguest it. Hope I can go back when it's sunny. This trail is very technical and I do not suggest bringing very young children.
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Trail Information

Nashua
Nearby City
4.5
Distance
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Monadnock State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Monadnock Mountain 7.5 x 15
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018