White Cross Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail Sign at the start of the White Cross Trail Sign at the start of the White Cross Trail The Smith Connecting Link on the left Paint on the rocks marking the direction of the Smith Connecting Link Paint on the rocks marking the top of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail
The top of the White Cross Trail at the intersection with the White Dot Trail Sign at the top of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail Paint on the rocks marking the top of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail  

Elevation Gain: 1355 ft.
Length: 1.06 miles
Difficulty: 4
Popularity: 1

Rocky lower section of trail The White Cross Trail is accessed from the White Dot Trail and is an alternate route to the middle section of the White Dot Trail. It starts on the White Dot Trail and then connects back to the White Dot Trail at its end. The intersection at the base of the White Cross Trail is well marked with multiple wooden signs. The trail heads left off of the White Dot Trail and up a slight incline into the trees. From the beginning, the trail has quite a few rocks in it and may require stepping from stone to stone. Soon you come to a sometimes wet area in the trail where wooden walkways are built as the trail turns to the right. The trail continues over rocks with a gentle incline until it makes a turn to the left. Here the trail heads up a steeper section of the mountain with more big rocks in the trail. The trail then levels out a bit before starting another climb. It does this a few times with each climb getting longer and a little steeper. Soon though, you will be rewarded with your first view back to the Southeast.

Stone stairs built into the trail After these few climbs, the trail now levels off some going back to a gentler incline. The trail surface is still quite rocky as it goes through a spot that can be wet in the spring and after a rain storm. As you continue up the trail, you go over a few short moderate climbs between more gentle areas. After a while of this though, you will come to the next steep climb in a section that has a series of stones laid out as stairs in the trail. You are now at what is probably the steepest and hardest climb of the trail. You need to pick your way back and forth the open rock to find an easy route. Once you reach the top of this section, you start to see many more views around the mountain and the trail becomes a little gentler.

Summit view near the top After this last big climb, the trail is a little easier as it turns left and goes along the side of the mountain some as it goes up. As you continue, the trail opens up with shorter trees and more views. After a while of traveling in the open, the trail does go back into the trees some. Here you will start to come back to multiple small steeper climbs in the trail. For a brief little bit you will come back out into the open though and have a nice view of the summit up ahead. At the end of this section, the Smith Connecting Link will head off to your left at a not so obvious spot only being marked by a yellow painted arrow and a path into the bushes. Now you have your last couple steep climbs as you go back into the trees. After just a little bit more you will come to the intersection where you join back up with the White Dot Trail and can head up to the summit.


When descending... the trail is accessed off the White Dot Trail at a well marked intersection with both signs and painted markings on the rocks. The trail starts with a steeper climb down some rocks in the trees before coming out to an open area where the Smith Connecting Link goes off to your right. Continuing through the open area you get back into the trees and make a series up small descents. You will continue steadily downward while following along the side of the mountain. Soon you will be at the steepest and longest descent on the trail. Watch your footing here and take your time as this is not a good place to fall. At the bottom of this descent the trail will become gentler again with some small rocky declines in the trail. Soon you will come to a nice and final view to the Southeast before heading down another steep rocky section. Through here you will go down a series of descents with each one getting a little shorter and easier. At the bottom of these, the trail turns right a little and becomes quite gentle. You will come to some wooden walking bridges in a sometimes muddy area as the trail turns left and near the end. After another gentle section you will come out to the White Dot Trail where you can turn right and finish heading down the mountain.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Paint on the rocks at the summit marking which trail to take to get to the White Cross Trail The top of the White Cross Trail at the intersection with the White Dot Trail Sign at the top of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail Sign at the top of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail Paint at the top of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail The Smith Connecting Link on the right Paint on the rocks marking the direction of the Smith Connecting Link
The end of the White Cross Trail at the White Dot Trail Sign on the White Dot Trail heading up the mountain  
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