White Arrow Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of White Arrow Trail Halfway House Site Start of Hello Rock, Point Surprise, and Thoreau Trails Start of Sidefoot, Do Drop, Noble, and Hedgehog Trails Royce Trail sign
Start of Monte Rosa Trail Looking up White Arrow Trail from Monte Rosa intersection Fairy Spring Trail sign White Arrow Trail sign from Fairy Spring intersecion White Arrow Trail at Amphitheatre Trail Intersection Amphitheatre Trail heading East towards Sidefoot Trail
Amphitheatre Trail heading West Turn in White Arrow Trail near summit White Arrow Trail at the summit

Elevation Gain: 1141 ft.
Length: 0.95 miles
Difficulty: 4
Popularity: 2

Rocky steps section of trail The White Arrow Trail starts at the upper end of the Old Toll Road just below the Old Halfway House Site. The trail starts up what use to be the final part of the road to the Old Halfway House with the Old Halfway House Trail meeting it on the left. After this short rocky section of road, the trail crosses over the Old Halfway House Site where access to the Hello Rock, Point Surprise, Thoreau, Do Drop, Noble, Hedgehog, and Sidefoot Trails are. Entering back into the trees, the trail goes over a sometimes wet area before heading up the mountain. As the trail turns to the right, the Royce Trail joins up to the White Arrow Trail in the same place that the Monte Rosa Trail heads off to the left. Just a few feet beyond this, the Fairy Spring Trail also heads off to the left. Now the trail starts to head uphill steeper and becomes rocky which is a constant feature from here on. As you continue up you will head over a section that has stone steps built into the trail where a brook sometimes runs down the side of the trail. You then come to another couple of similar sections just after this.

The last hard climb on the trail The trail now is a series of semi-level sections with short uphill climbs mixed in. It continues like this until it comes up to one of the hardest sections of the trail which is a steep rocky climb with many rocks laid out like stone steps to help you on the way up. While it is tempting to go around features of the trail here, please stay on the trail to keep wear and erosion to a minimum. The top of this section gets a little harder as the rocks are more random and quite often wet. On your right you will notice the Amphitheatre Trail coming in and crossing where there is a large painted marker for the White Arrow Trail. The trail now levels out again in a wet section before making the last climb that will bring you out of the trees. Coming out of the trees, the trail heads over some sections with jumbled rocks. As the trail gets completely out of the trees, it can be a little harder to follow over the open rocks. Make sure to watch for the painted white arrows directing you in the proper direction. Heading up the trail, there are many small scrambles to climb before the trail levels out some and turns to the left before going through some bushes. Here the trail goes up at a moderate climb before the last hard push and the steepest climb on the trail. Getting to the last steep wall, there are many rocks so watch your footing. As you head up this steepest section, you might find yourself using your hands to help pull you up. Once over this climb, the trail heads straight and mostly level before it turns right for the last few feet to the summit.


When descending... the trail from the summit, there is a large painted marker that reads "TO RT 124-OLD HALFWAY HOUSE TRAIL" that points the way to go in order to go back down the trail. After approximately 150 feet, you will see a painted marker reading "WHITE ARROW TRAIL" and points to the left. Turn left here to continue heading down the mountain. If you continue straight, you will end up on the Marlboro or Dublin Trail and will be a long walk away from your vehicle. You are now going down the steepest descent on the trail. As you head down open summit area, follow the white painted arrows to stay on the trail. Following the trail over the rocky declines, you will soon be heading back into the trees and then crossing over the Amphitheatre Trail before another steep rocky descent. After this the trail stays rocky while being a series of declines mixed in between more level areas. Near the bottom of the trail the Fairy Spring and Monte Rosa Trails will join from the right and the Royce Trail will head off to the right. Soon after this, many side trails will converge back down the Old Halfway House site. Follow the old path down to the Old Halfway House Trail on the right or the Old Toll Road at the end of the White Arrow Trail.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
White Arrow Trail to descend Left turn in White Arrow Trail Amphitheatre Trail heading East towards Sidefoot Trail White Arrow Trail at Amphitheatre Trail Intersection Fairy Spring Trail sign Royce Trail sign
Start of Sidefoot, Do Drop, Noble, and Hedgehog Trails Start of Hello Rock, Point Surprise, and Thoreau Trails Start of Monte Rosa Trail
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