Boston: Mount Monadnock

This 4.4-miler winds through mixed forest, ascends rock slabs, and climbs to an exposed summit with endless views of New England.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.2



Location: 42.8439407348633, -72.0870666503906

Follow wide 4WD road to NW through clumps of red spruce, hardwoods


Location: 42.8456115722656, -72.0888290405274

Pass visitor center on R


Location: 42.8516998291016, -72.0918807983398

Bear R @ Y with Spruce Link; continue following White Dot Trail


Location: 42.8527183532715, -72.0920104980469

Scramble up rocky terrain; in 100 ft., pass hollow 180-year-old red oak with massive branches


Location: 42.8542594909668, -72.0932693481445

Continue straight on White Dot Trail @ 4-way


Location: 42.8547592163086, -72.0940628051758

Head NW for steep ascent up rock slabs


Location: 42.8568382263184, -72.0971984863281

See false summit ahead; pass Old Ski Path and Smith Connecting Trail


Location: 42.8595695495606, -72.1046829223633

Turn R; head NW for summit climb up steep rock face


Location: 42.8613586425781, -72.1081008911133

Mt. Monadnock’s rock summit (3,165 ft.) offers views to six states. See faint silhouette of Mt. Washington to NE; Boston skyline to SE; Green Mtns. to W. Retrace steps to WPT 8; bear R @ Y onto White Cross Tra


Location: 42.8572883605957, -72.0996017456055

Head S for moderate descent on sloping ledges with views of forested country. In .1 mi., maneuver through boulder fi elds


Location: 42.853630065918, -72.095817565918

Turn L @ T with Spruce Link. In 850 ft., turn R @ 4-
way onto White Dot Trail; retrace steps to trailhead

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