White Dot Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map The start of the White Dot Trail at the park headquarters The White Cross Trail on the left Sign showing the direction of the White Dot Trail at the intersection with the White Cross Trail The Cascade Link on the right Looking up the White Dot Trail from the intersection with the Cascade Link The Old Ski Path on the right
The sign for the Old Ski Path The upper intersection with the White Cross Trail Paint on the rocks at the upper intersection with the White Cross Trail Sign at the upper intersection with the White Cross Trail Paint on the rocks marking the top of the White Dot Trail at the summit

Elevation Gain: 1876 ft.
Length: 1.66 miles
Difficulty: 4
Popularity: 1

Early section of trail The most popular of all the trails and a direct route to the summit, the White Dot Trail is accessed from the state park headquarters on Poole Rd. The trail starts at the back end of all the buildings near the information building and bathrooms. It starts off with a nice smooth level section and leads into a slow climb. Being the most popular, the trail is worn down and has scattered rocks and roots. To help water drainage there are old trees laid across the trail that are setup like stairs for hikers to climb up. This moderate grade and tree steps continues for quite a ways in the beginning. After a while of hiking, you will come to a very well marked intersection with the White Cross Trail leaving to your left as an alternate route that meets back up with this trail. Continuing further up the trail, you will also soon come to Falcon Spring (a reliable water source) on your left and the intersection with the Cascade Link on your right.

One of many rocky climbs on the trail Now that you are warmed up, the real work begins as you have reached the first of many rocky climbs. The trail heads up at a pretty good climb over many medium sized rocks. It works it way left to right some before coming to a large rock face in the climb. After another large face, the trail continues up over more rocks for a little more. The trail now gets a little more gradual, but stays rocky. After a little more, the trail levels out briefly after turning to the left. This brief break doesn't last long before the trail heads uphill again over more rocks as it does a couple small switchbacks on this climb. At the end of this climb though, you are rewarded with your first viewpoint looking out to the Southeast. The trail continues over a short and rare level and smooth section of trail now before getting to another short, steep, and rocky climb. At the top of this climb, the Old Ski Path joins the trail from the Red Spot Trail on the right.

View to the Northeast near the top As you head further up the trail, you reach another rocky climb that starts to bring you out of the trees where you have more views. You work your way up over some large rocks before going up a triangle shaped gully in the trail. Now partly out of the trees, the climbs are a little shorter and not quite as steep. After a couple short climbs, you will come to an open ridge where the trail follows over the bare rock for a bit and you soon get a view of the summit. As you head up you get a series of short climbs over some large rocks, but nothing to difficult. The trail then goes over a level section before a steep climb before the White Cross Trail joins back up from your left. Now you head into a brief dip in the trail in the trees before coming out to smooth side face and a trail that now stays out of the trees. As you continue gaining elevation you get to where you can see in more directions. Soon the trail turns to the right and up over a lip just before the last little bit to the summit. A couple hundred feet more and you are at the top.


When descending... the trail is found from the summit and leads all the way to the bottom at the park headquarters. The trail is marked by paint on the rocks saying "TO STATE PARK HQ" with a white dot and a white cross as well. Heading to the Southeast, the trail works its way down over the open rock until the intersection where the White Cross Trail leaves to your right just after a dip into the trees. The trail continues over mostly open rock with short descents mixed in. After a while you start to get back into the trees and the Old Ski Path will leave the trail to your left. Now you come to a long series of steep and rocky descents with only brief level sections in between. These descents can be long, steep, and rocky and you should take your time going down them. After many of these sections, you will have the Cascade Link join the trail from the left. Now the trail becomes much easier. Soon the White Cross Trail joins back from the right. The White Dot Trail now gradually works down the mountain over some rocks, some roots, and many old trees laid across the trail like steps to help the water drainage on the trail. Before long you are back at the park headquarters and the parking lot.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Paint on the rocks at the summit marking the trail going down the mountain The upper intersection with the White Cross Trail Paint on the rocks at the upper intersection with the White Cross Trail showing which direction to go Paint on the rocks at the upper intersection with the White Cross Trail Sign at the upper intersection with the White Cross Trail The Old Ski Path on the left The Cascade Link on the left
The White Cross Trail on the right The end of the White Dot Trail at the park headquarters  
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