Monte Rosa Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the Monte Rosa Trail Sign at start of Monte Rosa Trail Sign at intersection with Fairy Spring Trail Fairy Spring Trail to the right Monte Rosa Trail continues up Smith Bypass Trail on the right
Monte Rosa Trail continues up Sign at end of Monte Rosa Trail at Smith Summit Trail Looking up the Smith Summit Trail from the end of the Monte Rosa Trail  

Elevation Gain: 466 ft.
Length: 0.36 miles
Difficulty: 3
Popularity: 4

Rocky section of trail The start of the Monte Rosa Trail is just above the old Halfway House Site on the White Arrow Trail. It is a easy to see path that is marked by a wooded sign just into the trees. The start of the trail is quite gentle, but only goes for a short distance. Quickly the trail starts to ascend more steeply and goes over some rocks. After a small climb, the trail becomes a little less steep and continues up the mountain with some rocks that are easy to walk over. Soon the trail levels out quite a bit and gets a little smoother. It goes over a few good size rocks that in the trail and then crosses a brook coming from your right. The trail now becomes steep again at a rocky section. After this spot, the trail stays pretty steep but has fewer rocks and soon you will come to the intersection with the upper end of the Fairy Spring Trail coming in from your right.

Just after the Fairy Spring Trail Just a few feet after this intersection, you come to another with the bottom of the Smith Bypass Trail allowing you to forego the small peak of Monte Rosa. If you continue up the Monte Rosa Trail, you will go up yet another incline into some thicker trees. This section of trail stays at a pretty good incline until its end. You will come to a pretty step spot in the trail which may require you to use your hands to steady and pull yourself up. This will be the last of the hard spots though as you will soon be able to see out of the trees and come up next to the weathervane that is at the end the trail. At the weathervane the trail turns right and becomes the Smith Summit Trail at the peak of Monte Rosa.


When descending... the trail can be quite steep in sections. Accompanied with the rocks that are frequently in the trail, caution should be taken. Go at a comfortable pace and watch your footing. The trail is easy to follow as you leave Monte Rosa and head down. At each of the two intersections you will quickly come to, stay to the right and you will follow the trail back down the White Arrow Trail. An alternate option would be to take the Fairy Spring Trail for a slightly shorter route that will also come out to the White Arrow Trail only a few feet above the Monte Rosa Trail.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Start of the Monte Rosa Trail Sign at the start of the Monte Rosa Trail Monte Rosa Trail continuing down from intersection with Smith Bypass Trail Smith Bypass Trail on the left Sign at intersection with Fairy Spring Trail Fairy Spring Trail on the left Monte Rosa Trail continuing down from intersection with Fairy Spring Trail
End of the Monte Rosa Trail Looking up the White Arrow Trail to the left  
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