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Mount Monadnock - Solo Hiking

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Elevation: 3,165ft
Trails: White Dot and White Cross Elevation Gain: 1,765ft Distance: 4 miles roundtrip Duration: 4 hours (includes stops for breaks along the trail, lookouts and at summit) Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Rock Scrambles: Along the White Dot Trail - Class II

So glad that I got to hike Monadnock this morning! What a change of pace to be heading out to the west instead of north to the White Mountains. Monadnock State Park was easy to find and at the entrance the ranger was very polite and patient with answering my questions. I told him I planned to hike the White Dot trail and he said that it was the most direct route. He handed me a trails map and suggested that I descend via the White Cross trail as to avoid the ascending traffic on the White Dot. He also said that I was early and that the 'crowd' would be around 1030am. I paid my $5 fee and he placed my receipt on my dash and directed me to park in the lower lot.
The White Dot Trail starts off wide and although some pa…