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Mount Monadnock State Park

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The climb to the top of the 3,165-foot-peak is a popular activity in this...

The climb to the top of the 3,165-foot-peak is a popular activity in this picturesque park.

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A great winter day hike

Easy access and a quiet place to snow shoe during deep winter. Although you're going to run into more people during the weekend, it's typically not crowded. Week days are my... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
Gary B
New Hampshire
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Easy access and a quiet place to snow shoe during deep winter. Although you're going to run into more people during the weekend, it's typically not crowded. Week days are my favorite. Good coverage from wind below until tree line is broken. There you'll need plenty of protection and generally micro spikes or heavier crampons for peak ice conditions. Most... More 

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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Wear your hiking boots! You will need them. There is a lot of rock scrambling at the top of the mountain. It's definitely a challenging hike. The views are fantastic. The crowds can be a bit much but take it all in and enjoy the day!

1 Thank Lovetotravelforfun
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8 reviews
Reviewed 18 November 2016

I am a full time adventurer - yes that's really my job - and the first mountain I climbed was Mt Monadnock. When I cross country skied for Keene High School I used to run up the White Arrow trail for training. I still go back for the occasional nostalgic workout. It's a beautiful family hike, a great first climb... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was my first hike in an American state park. First, it's busy. We chose to not do the main track for that reason. We were charged $5 per person for parking ( apparently they are not consistent on applying this charge). The paths are not difficult if you are of a decent fitness level but there is a bit... More 

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Sayville, New York
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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Over my past, we've hiked several mountains in the Catskills and Adirondacks, as well as peaks in the Appalachians, this was our first trip to New Hampshire and it became a great maiden Mountain hike for the Granite State. We spent a fantastic weekend with my brother and sister in law; her family has been part time residents of Jaffrey... More 

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

A very east, but rewarding hike. Though it is not aptly marked, there is a ten dollar per car price to park at the base of the mountain. Besides that, the view from the top were spectacular and the hike is easy enough for people of all ages.

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Cambridge MA
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

How can you not like walking to the top of Mt Monadnock on a clear autumn day? Yeah, it's crowded. And it's not a "real" mountain. Etc etc. But still, it's just a nice way to spend a few hours, and when the leaves are turning, it's spectacular. As others have said, walk up the White Dot trail (quick ascent),... More 

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Peterborough, New Hampshire, United States
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

For the number of hikers this is a pretty tough hike. To maximize your enjoyment and safety, avoid weekends in late summer and fall. Be careful of ice whenever the base temperature is 40 degrees or less. And the crowds are largest on trails leaving from the park or RT124. Dublin trail is a great choice (can still be crowded... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I love my hiking but this tested my poor old knees in both directions. Seriously a tough hike more a clamber over rocks in places, had me on all 4's going up in places and bum shuffling down in others. BUT the view from the top is STUNNING? Wouldn't want to do it again and never if theres been any... More 

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Between the people in our party, we have been up Monadnock dozens of times--but not in several years. Hiking up Monadnock is well worth it IF you are able. As other reviewers have noted, this is a steep climb with a lot of scrambling over rocks, some of which are the size of a small house and have flat, angled... More 

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