Mount Monadnock (White Dot)

Jaffrey, NH
Length: Varies

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White Dot Trail is the shortest direct steep route up the mountain from headquarters.  It is by far the most used path to the summit and on a busy day you will have much company heading up the mountain.  The White Dot Trail begins at Monadnock State Park Headquarters.  From the eco-center the Dot ascends along easy to moderate grades along a wide well worn path through a mix of pines, hardwoods and spruce past the White Cross Trail junction at 0.6 mile and to Falcon Spring and Cascade Link at 0.8 mile where the White Dot Trail becomes steep exposed ledge and rock.  The White Dot Trail climbs up through a hardwood forest to just past the halfway point sign there is a view east (trees may soon grow in) where the grade momentarily eases then heads up to the Old Ski Trail junction at 1.2 mile.  The hardwood forest mixes with spruce and bare ledge along the White Dot Trail.  The trail heads up a section of steep bare ledge with views known as the Chute.  The White Dot Trail climbs steeply and shortly reaches the Plateau where views of the Wapacks and Monadnock’s summit can be had.  The White Dot Trail heads on easy grades on a well cairned and blazed route on the plateau heading towards the summit on open ledge with dips in spruce woods in spots.  The White Dot passes the Smith Connecter (no longer on the map as of 2010) at 1.5 mile then joins the White Cross Trail at 1.6 mile.  Just past the White Cross junction the White Dot drops into the spruce forested Paradise Valley then climbs steep exposed ledge slabs to the summit.  To Descend from the summit look for “to State Park Headquarters” painted in rock and follow White Dots down.
From the start of the White Dot to Summit is 1.9 miles.
Allow 3-4 hours round trip to the summit and back for the average visitor.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire!