For accurate directions to the beginnings of these trails visit this site at Mt. Monadnock hiking trails.
Located right between Dublin and Jaffery, New Hampshire with many trails to the summit as well as connecting trails across the side valleys. From its summit one can see a full 360 degrees and observe the many lakes to the north and on a very clear day could even spot the tall buildings of Boston, Massachusetts to the south-east. The top is often windy and can be chilly depending on the weather. It is often a good idea to bring an extra layer just in case. On a clear day the view extends for miles as it is the tallest mountain in the area. Views of the white mountains and all the way north-west toward Vermont’s green mountains are available depending on humidity.
Beginning at a trail head on the end of Shaker Farm Rd. this trail is a moderate difficulty trail 2 miles long. Along this trail are many exposed granite areas allowing for views west toward Perkins pond. The trail is fairly well maintained and very well marked with white colored markers. You begin from the parking lot walking a flat to gradual inclined woods trail meandering through a maple and white birch forest. About .3 miles in the trail grade begins to steepen and turn more rocky. Many spots begin to be slight rock scaling as you enter a dominantly coniferous forest. As the trees thin you you begin getting views of the top and scenic views off the mountain. Once the trees fall away there is about 300 yards of gradual granite incline to the highest peak.
The Dublin Trail is located on the north-west side of Mt. Monadnock at the end of Old Troy Rd. in Dublin. It is one of the shorter and easier ways to the top making it a great family hike or quicker morning expedition. It starts at the end of a dirt road and begins a moderate upward grade that remains consistent through most of the hike. The tree cover is dense beach and oaks until halfway up. It then turns to hemlock and spruce with lots of soft needle cover on the trail and maintaining relatively thick cover with occasional openings. When tree cover is gone this trail meets up with the Monadnock trail and has the same journey to the summit.
This trail is the longest trail on the mountain starting 4.5 miles from the top. It begins on the back side of Dublin lake. Easily missed trail head as it is not very well marked and parking is just roadside of Dublin Lake Rd. The journey begins weaving between private property lots with up and downhill sections. At a point almost a mile in the trail becomes far more steep for a section while the trail begins to crest the ridge. Quickly on that incline it goes from hemlocks to pines and begins to thin out. Once that initial hill is finished the remainder of the trail weaves along the top of the ridge occasionally dropping and rising again. Most of the trail is entirely open on at least one side or the other. Just over halfway along the path a connecting trail, Cascade, breaks off to the left. It is rumored that somewhere close to that intersection is a man made cave built by a couple men almost a century ago, but few have ever found its location. As you continue up the trail there are fabulous rock formations and ponds until you finally break free of all trees and make your way to the peak.