Smith Summit Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map The start of the Smith Summit Trail at the end of the Monte Rosa Trail Sign at the start of the Smith Summit Trail Great Pasture Trail on the left Paint on the rocks at the intersectio with the Smith Bypass Trail Looking up the Smith Summit Trail from the Smith Bypass Trail intersection Looking down the Smith Bypass Trail from the Smith Summit Trail intersection
The Amphitheatre Trail on the right Looking up the Smith Summit Trail from the Amphitheatre Trail intersection Paint on the rocks showing the direction to the Black Precipice on the Amphitheatre Trail Top of the Smith Summit Trail at the summit  

Elevation Gain: 642 ft.
Length: 0.60 miles
Difficulty: 4
Popularity: 3

Early section of trail The Smith Summit Trail starts off at the end of the Monte Rosa Trail on the open peak of Monte Rosa. The trail starts by following the cairns across the open top of Monte Rosa into the trees. Once in the trees, you traverse down a small incline coming down of the sub peak of the mountain. You then continue on with some easy walking down in the trees with just a few rocks in the trail. But before long, you start to head uphill again and come out of the trees some. In the lower sections of the trail you are in and out of the small trees while steadily climbing over a mostly smooth rock surface. Very quickly you will come to an intersection with the Smith Bypass Trail coming up from your right next to a large pointed rock.

Summit view along trail Continuing up from here, you are in partly open areas with solid footing on a rock surface. The trail steadily gains and soon gets a little bit steeper as you near the intersection with the Amphitheatre Trail heading East to your right. After this point, you only go back into the trees for brief periods where the trail is normally a little rocky. As it gets near the tree line, the Smith Summit Trail continues in and out of the trees at a pretty good grade. You will come across a couple sections in here where you climb up some large smooth rocks to continue up the trail.

Nearing the summit Now to the tree line, the trail gets a little steeper and has a few scrambles up some sections of rocks. The trail is now in the open on the rocks and follows a mostly straight path while meandering side to side a little. You will encounter a couple more steep scrambles as you now get to the crest of the ridge you have been heading up. Here the trail stays on large mostly flat rocks while leveling back out quite a bit. You are getting close to the summit as you follow the white painted dots on the rock and now small cairns as well. The trail continues easily across the rocks now until you join up with the White Arrow, Marlboro, and Dublin trails for the last hundred or so feet to the summit.


When descending... the trail is found on Western side of the summit just below the peak next to the White Arrow Trail and is marked with white paint saying "SMITH SUMMIT TR." The trail can be followed by looking for the cairns near the summit and also white painted dots along the length of the trail. Trails starts off pretty steep but has solid footing all the way down. As you get lower on the mountain, the trail gets less steep and gets into more and more trees. You will pass the Amphitheatre Trail on your left and will also come to the Smith Bypass Trail near Monte Rosa. At the end of the trail you can take either the Great Pasture or Monte Rosa Trails.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
The start of the Smith Summit Trail at the summit The Amphitheatre Trail on the left Looking down the Smith Summit Trail from the intersection with the Amphitheatre Trail Paint on the rocks showing the direction to the Balck Precipice on the Amphitheatre Trail The Smith Bypass Trail on the left Paint on the rocks marking the intersection of the Smith Summit Trail and the Smith Bypass Trail The Great Pasture Trail on the right
Sign at the end of the Smith Summit Trail at the Monte Rosa Trail Looking down the Monte Rosa Trail from the end of the Smith Summit Trail  
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