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.
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
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!
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!