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Old Toll Road and White Arrow Trail
White Arrow Trail: image
The hike to the summit via the Old Toll Road and White Arrow Trail is a little easier, less steep and a little longer than the White Dot Trail from Headquarters. The Halfway House Site offers nice views west as well as to the summit after the forest society cleared the site. The White Arrow Trail reaches treeline at .6 miles, offering fine alpine-like scenery with views south. The Old Toll Rd. from route 124 is now closed to public vehicles
but open for hikers. The Halfway House Trail starts right by the gate of the Old Toll Road and makes for a shady alternative to the road walk to the White Arrow Trail to summit. The White Arrow Trail is the main trail to the summit and reaches the Halfway House Site in about 75 yards from the Old Toll Road. Monadnock's Halfway House trails emanate
from the former Halfway House Hotel up
Bald Rock Ridge, Monte Rosa and the summit of Monadnock which is separated into pages.
Old Toll Rd. is an easy to moderate uphill roadwalk starting at a lot on route 124.
From the gate the road is closed to public vehicles only but is open for hikers. The Old Toll Road is a direct route leading to the White Arrow Trail and to the summit. The road is lined by a mixed forest of mostly hardwoods primarily Red Oak. The forest is mixed with Eastern White Pine at first then mixing with Red Spruce evergreens near the Parker Trail on up the road. At
a steeper grade at .5 miles the Old Toll Rd. reaches the Parker Trail which heads east to the Cliff Walk and
headquarters. At 1 mile the Cart Path heads west from the road and at 1.1
the Old Toll Road reaches the White Arrow Trail which leads to the summit. The White Arrow Trail resembles a severly washed out road like a rocky riverbed. The road turns
to a private residence.
Halfway House Trail starts on the left just past the gate climbs a ridge and then the grade eases and parallels closely to the Old Toll Rd. The Halfway House Trail can be a shadier alternative to the road. The Halfway House Trail can be muddy in spots. The forest goes from a mix of pine and northern hardwoods then spruce mix in. The grade eases and the Cart Path is reached in about a mile. Then there is a short brushy section before the Halfway House Trail heads up to the White Arrow trail at the Old Toll Rd. in about 1.1 miles.
White Arrow Trail is one of the oldest main trails to the summit starting at the Old Toll Rd. 1.1 miles up from route 124 as the road turns east toward a private residence. The White Arrow trail heads north and looks like a very washed out road resembling a rocky brook bed. Fifty yards up is the Half-way house site, which has been recently cleared and offers views to the west and summit. The Halfway House Site is also a juncton point with a number of side trails to Bald Rock ridge and the summit. The White Arrow continues straight through the site and re-enters woods then in 20 yards reaches the Royce Trail (south), Monte Rosa Trail junction (west, not well signed) then in 15 feet; the Fairy Spring Trail junction (west, sign). The White Arrow Trail heads up on a wide rocky trail which can covered with ice flows in winter (use proper gear and stay on trail) until it reaches, in a half mile, a level spot just before tree-line at the Amphitheater trail junction no sign but there are yellow paint blazes. Fifty yards beyond on the right the abandoned Paradise Valley Trail veers up a valley to the White Dot trail. Just beyond the White Arrow Trail breaks out of the forest and the upper 400 feet is mainly bare rock with spectacular views. The White Arrow Trail heads up to a false summit then continues on bare ledge then gets steep just before cresting the summit dome. The White Arrow Trail is blazed with white arrows making the route easy to follow pointing you in the right direction. Just below the summit ridge to the right is a direct steep gully making for an alternative climb up to the summit. From the summit to descend look for "To 124 - Old Halfway House Trail " painted in rock and follow White Arrows down.
To summit via Old Toll Road and White Arrow Trail is 2.3 miles.
Allow for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours for a round trip to the summit and back via Old Toll Road and White Arrow Trail for the average visitor.
Halfway House Site: image
Side Foot Trail parallels the White Arrow Trail and heads through a shady spruce forest
until reaching the Amphitheater Trail. The Side Foot trail is a less used
alternative to the White Arrow Trail and accesses Bald Rock via side
trails. The Side Foot bears northeast from the White Arrow trail from the
Halfway House Site. The Side Foot turns north at the Do Drop Trail, then on
a northeasterly course passes the Noble and Do Drop Trails on right,
continues up at moderate grades to the Amphitheater Trail then marked with
white/yellow blazes on rocks heads to White Arrow Trail.
M and M Trail A. K. A. Royce Trail has no parking at the trailhead and is on a busy road. Via the Cart Path the Royce trail can be utilized as a shady alternative to the sunny Half-way house site on hot days. From 124 to the Cart Path, the path through mixed forest is less used, however, is well marked by white painted blazes.
Revised: August 2010
Old Toll Road: image
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