Thoreau Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the Thoreau Trail at the Halfway House Site Sign where the Thoreau Trail splits from the Hello Rock and Point Surpise Trails The end of the Thoreau Trail at the Cliffwalk Trail Paint on the rocks at the insersection of the Thoreau Trail and the Cliffwalk Trail Looking left up the Cliffwalk Trail Looking right down the Cliffwalk Trail

Elevation Gain: 181 ft.
Length: 0.29 miles
Difficulty: 3
Popularity: 5

Root filled section of trail The Thoreau Trail is one of many side trails that branch off from the old Halfway House Site. Standing with your back to the overlook from the site, the Thoreau Trail is found on the right back in the corner of trees. There is a small sign pointing forward towards the Thoreau, Point Surprise, and Hello Rock Trails. All three trails start out on the same path, but in only around 100 feet, they all split off their own ways. At this intersection the Thoreau Trail heads off to the left.

Walking along a smooth rock in the trail The trail goes up the mountain at a pretty good grade, but stays smooth with a base of leaves and needles from many past years. The trail goes mostly straight after separating from the others until it makes a right turn. Here it gets steeper and climbs up over a pretty rocky section with many medium sized rocks. At the top of this section, the trail gets pretty well root covered as well. For a little ways, the trail continues with both rocks and roots in the trail to traverse over.

The steepest section of this trail is in the middle of it while in the rocky and rooty area. After this though, the trail starts to level back out as it is starting to come up over the top of the ridge. The footing gets to be more solid as well nearing the end. After passing over a section of trail that goes up a long smooth rock, the trees appear to open up a little bit giving you the impression that you are nearing the Cliff Walk Trail. Just as you think you might be coming out to the Cliff Walk Trail though, the Thoreau trail makes a left hand turn and heads in the direction briefly. Very quickly the trail turns back to the right and quickly meets up with the Cliff Walk Trail.


When descending... the top of the trail is easy to find with a sign on a tree and painted markings on the ground showing an intersection. The trail heads through the trees pretty level to start on smooth ground. After this, it heads downhill through it's steepest section with both rocks and roots making for bumpy footing. The trail gets less steep and smoother as it nears the end just after joining together with the Point Surprise and Hello Rock Trails.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
The start of the Thoreau Trail at the Cliffwalk Trail Sign marking the start of the Thoreau Trail Paint on the rocks at the intersection of the Thoreau Trail and the Cliffwalk Trail Sign where the Thoreau Trail joins the Hello Rock and Point Surprise Trails The end of the Thoreau Trail at the Halfway House Site
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