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Mt. Monadnock Summit Out-and-Back

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A popular route to the summit of Mount Monadnock.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Out and Back

3,151' 960 m

High

1,512' 461 m

Low

1,669' 509 m

Up

1,668' 509 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

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Overview

One of the more popular hiking routes to the summit of Mount Monadnock. Though the upper part gets steeper, the views are well worth the effort.

Need to Know

Much of the trail is in the shade, and the rocks/boulders can be slippery. Trekking poles are a big help on this hike. The views from the top are spectacular on a clear day!

Description

This simple to follow route starts at the Old Halfway House parking lot on Route 124 in Jaffrey, NH.

Start your journey using the Old Halfway House Trail just above the gate at the end of the parking lot. The trail ascends a moderate grade up a ridge then levels out for a bit. About 1.2 miles into your hike, you'll reach the junction of the Old Halfway House Trail and White Arrow Trail. A right onto White Arrow Trail will take you to the site of the Halfway House. To continue on the route as mapped, take left onto White Arrow Trail.

The White Arrow Trail has steep and rocky sections but is manageable. However, rocky slabs may be very slippery when wet, so use caution. At approximately 1.7 miles into your hike, you'll pass by the Cross Amphitheater Trail. Stay on the White Arrow Trail as other trails merge onto the path for the final ascent to the summit. Enjoy the great views from the top!

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Eric Plasse

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Looking north at the Pumpelly Ridgeline from the Summit of Mount Monadnock.
Mar 8, 2017 near Dublin, NH
Mt. Monadnock Summit, 15 November 2020
Nov 16, 2020 near Dublin, NH
Dublin Trail, Monadnock.
May 28, 2019 near Dublin, NH
Mt Monadnock Summit, 15 November 2020
Nov 16, 2020 near Dublin, NH
A couple of meters below the peak.
Mar 8, 2020 near Dublin, NH
Mt Monadnock Summit, 15 November 2020
Nov 16, 2020 near Dublin, NH

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Jul 8, 2020
Naisba Murphy
with Mariah 4.4mi
Nov 10, 2019
Babu Durairaj
9h 34m
Oct 20, 2019
Babu Durairaj
9h 50m
Sep 20, 2019
Shea Mizuno
Aug 25, 2019
Abe Blumchen
Very busy trail! At trail chokepoints, you had to wait for others coming down. Recommend hiking early.
Jul 10, 2019
Jason Hale
Great run/hike. Beautiful views! Was delayed getting down helping some folks pick up white dot for the descent. 4.4mi — 1h 37m
Jun 15, 2019
Chris Salinas
Including stopping at the top 5.2mi — 3h 06m
Jun 15, 2019
Jessica Shea
Straight uphill 5.2mi — 3h 06m