Ascent of Mount Monadnock on 2009-09-05

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Saturday, September 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the White Dot Trail up. It is the shortest and consequently the most crowded trail on Mount Monadnock. It winds through the woods at a moderate grade until it reaches the White Cross Trail; then it gets steeper.

The trail is kind of plain until it reaches the first viewpoint, which has good views of southern New Hampshire.

Then, the trail reaches treeline. The treeless upper part of the mountain was made by forest fires that burned everything to the rock during the first part of the nineteenth century. The views get a lot more vast. There's a section of trail that I think is called "the Chute" that is difficult to ascend. After a little while, we got to the summit.

The views were very vast, although partially blocked by haze and clouds. I ate lunch, drank some water, and relaxed. I wanted to find a spot on the very top, but it was too crowded. I went to the other side of the summit to take a video and then we went down.

We took the White Cross Trail down, which was similar in steepness and views to the White Dot Trail. It joined that trail for the final push to the parking lot.

During the hike, I saw people that looked like they never hiked in their lives!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 548 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Mostly cloudy, breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1800 ft / 548 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:White Dot Trail
    Start Trailhead:1350 ft / 411 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:White Cross Trail

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