My sister asked me to take my 6 year old niece on a hike, I wasn't sure Monadnock would be a good first hike and was thinking of doing one of the Pack Monadnocks. I contacted my uncle and he was already planning a Monadnock hike for Saturday Sept 21 so I decided to tag along. It was a beautiful day, sunny, a little on the cool side and windy. The mountain was also very crowded, no surprise there, one of the State Park workers told me there were 1000-1200 people on the mountain today. This will be my last hike on this mountain on a weekend during the Spring-Summer months. The trail of ants going up and down was unreal. There were also a lot of unsupervised children (boy scout troops) cutting people off, jumping in front of you as you were about to step on a rock, it was ridiculous. Never again will I go near this place.
Michael, Kelley, Olivia, Mike
Gary & Olivia
White Dot Trailhead
The journey begins!
Kelley & Olivia at the junction of White Dot and White Cross
Heading up White Cross Trail
This trail isn't that steep but for a 6yo it is
Posing on the rocks for pictures!
Climbing up the rock slab
Taking a break
Gary climbing up
Olivia's first view
Olivia was a little nervous standing near the edge
Gary, Olivia, Kelley, Michael
I think this is the Wapack Range
Olivia needing some help
I'm not sure if that false peak has a name
Michael enjoying the view
Olivia and Michael
More rock climbing
First view of the summit
Close up of the summit
Olivia standing next to a giant cairn
Olivia and Gary at the official USGS summit marker
Mount Monadnock 3,165'
Michael @ the USGS marker
Kelley @ the USGS marker
We didn't stay very long at the summit. The winds had to have been upwards of 50mph and the summit was like a small city with so many people you could hardly find a place to sit that would block the wind. We all had a drink and snack and then started our descent.
Summit of Mount Monadnock: 3,165'
Total hike time (round trip)..: 5h 8m
Elevation Gain.....................: 2078
Distance (round trip)...........: 5.56m
Trails: White Cross (White Dot for a brief period)