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White Dot and White Cross Trails to Summit

White Dot Trail: image

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 0.5 mile and to Falcon Spring and Cascade Link at 0.7 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 Wapack’s 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 1.6 mile then joins the White Cross Trail at 1.7 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.

White Dot Trail plateau: image

White Cross Trail starts from the White Dot trail 0.5 mile from headquarters and is a less steep trail to the summit than the White Dot Trail.  The White Cross Trail (formerly the Spruce Link at the start) begins on easy to moderate grades along a well worn path through spruce woods for the first 0.3 miles to the junction of the now closed; White Cross Trail to Falcon junction.  The White Cross Trail heads up an area burned over in 1953, now recovering to a forest of young birch.  The trail climbs up the first steep section where there is a small view(trees may soon grow in) on a stone seat next to the trail at the top of the steep section.  The trail then passes a few springs of water and climbs moderately through woods on the rocky trail.  The White Cross Trail soon comes to a second steep ledgy section, known as the Switchback, which has some well built steps to hike on with some views east .  The grade moderates and the White Cross Trail offers some nice views of Bald Rock across the Dingle Dell Valley.  The White Cross continues on easy grades to moderate grades, heading through spruce groves and reaching the Plateau with views of the summit.  Shortly thereafter arriving at the Smith Connecter junction at 1.7 mile, then the White Cross joins up with the White Dot Trail to the summit at 1.8 mile.  Just past the White Cross junction the White Dot Trail 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 to White Cross junction.  From the start of the White Dot Trail via White Cross Trail to summit is 2.1 miles.
Allow 3-4 hours round trip to the summit and back for the average visitor.
White Cross Trail starting at Falcon Spring Trail junction 0.7 mile from start of White Dot is now is closed.  For more information see Trail News+Weather.

Smith Connecter connects Bald Rock and the Cliffwalk to the White Cross Trail and the summit. The junction is marked painted; to Bald Rock.   Blazed with yellow spots and S's, the Smith Connector descends at an open ledgy area from the White Cross then path enters spruce to the Amphitheater Trail at Four Spots then to Bald Rock and Cliffwalk The Cliffwalk leads to the Lost Farm Trail which will lead back to headquarters.
The Smith Connecter (no longer on maps) headed across the White Cross and White Dot Trails then on open ledge, use care to follow blazes, to the Red Spot Trail to Pumpelly to summit.


Revised: October 20th, 2010

Hikers on White Dot Trail: image

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