JAFFERY, NEW HAMPSHIRE: A reasonable, scenic 2 hour drive from Boston brings you to Mount Monadnock. At an elevation of 3,165 feet it is one of the outstanding peaks of the northeast. It is an isolated mountain which offers far reaching views from the Boston skyline to Mt. Greylock, MA up the Green Mountains as far as Mount Killington, VT and as far as Mount Washington, NH 105 air miles away. Monadnock was bared by fires over 200 years ago. The upper 300 to 400 feet of the mountain is exposed bare rock with 5 spruce covered ridges that emanate outward from the mountain with open crags and exposed ledges offering many scenic and spectacular views. (Courtesy of Monadnocktrails.com)
Top round of beef with savory gravy, loaded mashed potatoes and green bean almandine with salad and dinner rolls. Vegetarian option available upon request.
KIDS 12 AND UNDER HIKE FREE! Dinner available for $20 donation at the door.
White Dot Trail: The White Dot Trail begins in Monadnock State Park, accessed from the parking lot behind the park store. Filled with rocks, roots, and water bars, the White Dot Trail begins with a gradual ascent.
The bottom junction with the White Cross Trail occurs at 0.6 miles. The White Dot Trail is the steeper of the two trails and thus is the recommended route for ascents. Base to summit, White Dot is 1.9 miles. Descending via the White Cross trail is slightly longer at two miles. Shortly after the junction, the White Dot trail picks up steam in regards to its rock-to-trail ratio, and another intersection with the Cascade Link at 0.8 miles marks where the steepness kicks in.
After a series of steep rock scrambles, the trail plateaus around the treeline, crossing rock ledges and ducking back into spruce-filled gullies in a couple locations. These dips are the only areas sheltered from the wind on an otherwise exposed summit approach. Of course, this also means that the views are plentiful.
The White Cross Trail reconnects at a bend in the White Dot Trail, 1.6 miles into the hike. Once out of the trees, the last push to the summit is one giant rock scramble.
As the sign above notes, the White Cross Trail isn’t as steep as the White Dot Trail; however, calling it easier is all relative, because there’s no shortage of rock scrambles this way either. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for the descent, especially if you’re hiking with children. There are a couple of good spots for snack breaks on the way down with views looking eastward.
9:30: Checkin at The Shattuck
What To Wear
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When selecting clothing for your adventure, think layers. Choose synthetic materials, wool, or fleece. The saying is “Cotton Kills.” It will absorb sweat and zap heat from your body in the wind – increasing the chances of hypothermia – even in summer.
[ ] Hiking Pants or Shorts Please wear hiking or athletic pants or shorts. The zip-off pants work really well.
We recommend all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials.
Nutrition & Hydration
NUTRITION It is important to continuously take in calories throughout the day. Every break you should eat a snack during the short 10 to 15 minute rest. Food is the wood to your fire and to keep it stoked it needs constant replenishing. Do not plan on cooking or preparing your snacks in the field. All food should be prepared and packed ready for immediate consumption.
We suggest crackers, pizza, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, Gu, energy bars, and hard candies. Add peanut butter, cream cheese, hard cheese, or pepperoni for additional calories and taste. If you enjoy bread items, bagels work well. Include some salty snacks to replenish lost salts.
HYDRATION To help prevent cramping and heat related injuries, you will need at least 2 liters of water per day. Water is preferred, but other liquids such as gatorade help replace electrolytes and work well, too! Hydration bladders are welcome if you have experience using them. Otherwise, bring 32oz. Wide Mouth Nalgene bottles.
Please read through the following frequently asked questions and answers. These will help you prepare for your trip and get a better understanding of what to expect.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
When considering clothing, you have to think in layers. You should be able to wear every layer that you bring at the same time. Hiking boots or sturdy trail-runners are acceptable footwear. Dressing in layers is a valid practice. You will need: lightweight wool socks, trekking pants, wicking t-shirt, wicking long sleeve shirt, light down or synthetic jacket, waterproof hard-shell jacket, waterproof hard shell pants (for rainy and windy days), lightweight gloves, ball hat and sunglasses.
WHAT SIZE BACKPACK SHOULD I USE?
Please bring a 20L-30L pack. Your pack must have a waist strap and chest strap and designed for backpacking.
WILL KIND OF FOOTWEAR SHOULD I WEAR?
Hiking Boots or Trail Runners.
DO I NEED ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE?
You do not need prior experience to join us!
DO WE HIKE IN BAD WEATHER?
We usually will go out in the rain. Lightning will cancel the hike and get the party started early. Please plan for all weather conditions.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Pets are not permitted in the park. Please note that this law includes all trails and areas on Mount Monadnock that are within Monadnock State Park boundaries. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?
Checkin is at 9:30AM sharp at The Shattuck Golf Club. 53 Dublin Rd, Jaffrey, NH 03452
NEMs Adventure plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.
We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).
NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.
Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.
There will be no refunds for cancellations. If you are unable to attend or choose to forgo the hike then your fundraising balance will not be refunded. There are no exceptions.
For your safety and comfort, you will be accompanied by professional mountain guides who have years of experience in the summer and winter. They are trained to manage the terrain, medical issues, navigational and weather conditions and have final say over safety issues, such as summit attempts and when to turn around (if necessary).
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