has been said that
word "monadnock" originally comes from the Abnacki Indian language
meaning "mountain that stands alone." Because Monadnock
"stands alone", views from the treeless summit stretch far into the
distance into surrounding states like
rangers at the park's entrance and displays in the
Monadnock State Park
Hiking on the White Dot Trail, it is 1.9 mi. from the parking lot of the State Park headquarters off NH 124 to the summit. The trail is marked by white dots on rocks. The White Dot Trail is the shortest and most direct route to the summit. Walking over rock slabs much of the time, it may also be the most fun.
From the parking lot, you'll pass the bathroom facilities and the visitor center on your right. The trail starts on a nearly flat dirt road. After the junction with the Cascade Link Trail, the trail steepens. You will ascend a well-constructed stone staircase followed soon thereafter by big slabs of rock. About halfway up, you break out of the trees and a view opens up. This is a great place for a break. Then it's back into the woods for a short clip. When you emerge from the forest, more rock slabs appear with more magnificent views to the South.
you reach the junction of the White Dot and White Cross Trails, it's time for
the final push to the summit. A clear day on the summit offers many
fine views. To the north is
Descend the same route you came up - on the White Dot Trail. However, if you want a change of scenery and an easier descent, consider taking the White Cross Trail down. It parallels the White Dot Trail and ends at the same place the White Dot Trail started. It is less steep than the White Dot Trail and there is more trail hiking (i.e., fewer rock slabs). If you really enjoyed the White Dot Trail, stick with it because it is the more interesting trail in this hiker's opinion.
From the east:
Submitted by: Mark, MountainSummits.com, age 31, athletic male.