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This is one of my new favorite hikes! I agree with other hikers here that this trail should be rated Moderate in place of Hard. Rocks were quite wet and trail very slippery in a few places; trail not as steep as was expecting. There is one marked path to the cascades (White blazed AT). There is another unmarked narrow path to the 30 ft high waterfall though more difficult to find in the fall as the leaves cover the trail. Make sure to take the blue blazed path on your right to the overlook! As of October 2018, there was a bee's nest under/within the rock outcropping at the last outlook spot of the cliff area. Saw a kestrel at the second to last overlook spot while eating lunch there. I would say the views are pretty spectacular.

Great hike. I would consider it a Moderate, not difficult. Group of us and 4 dogs did it with no problem. Nice view from the top!

We’re new to hiking so this seemed slightly difficult at times. We had two children (7 and 13) who did great, however there were several sections that would have been a bit dicey with younger children. Lots of steep drop offs within inches of the trail. Very rocky uneven terrain. The end with the rock slide was anticlimactic due to the lack of micro climate that we had read about. We would do this again if the season was right.

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing this trail; however, we ended up parking in the “picnic area” and starting on th3 keewaydin trail. There are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At the outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing all of the White Rocks Long Trail hike; however, we ended up parking in this “picnic area” and starting on this trail. I would say the hike is more moderate than difficult - there are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At he outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

If you park at the White Rocks Recreational picnic area parking like previous reviewers suggested you start on the Keewaydin trail for a bit before hitting the White Rocks trail. There is a sign that shows it going up to the left (shares with the Long Trail). Then when you get to the White Rocks area the lookout is another .3 miles (blue trail down to the right). All together the trail ended up being a 5 mile hike, it was quite a climb too. I'm fairly new to hiking but over last 3 months I've hiked probably 15 hikes around this area with ratings of easy, moderate, and 2 hards. This trail is rated as moderate but I would rate it as moderate-hard. View was great from lookout and hike was a great workout.

excellent hike with fantastic views. I recommend using Google Maps to search for directions to get to the parking area since AllTrails brings you to a random spot along the road. When you first enter the woods at the Keewaydin trail, there are a few paths which can be confusing. Take the trail to the right to begin the hike. The other tip I can give is that when you reach "Cairn City" turn right onto the blue trail to reach the overlook. many hikers miss this turn. Don't be alarmed by the amount of downhill walking at this point. It is generally a downhill walk to the overlook area. The waterfalls and streams are a nice addition to an already beautiful hike.

Awesome trail. Lots of AT through hikers, which is always fun.

Loved this trail! Our favorite bit was the young pine grove near the end. Smelled like Christmas! It’s a bit tricky to find the entrance to the trail though. We ended up parking in the lot and taking the long trail entrance at the back of the lot and crossing the road. It’s not marked as the white rocks trail until you get a decent way up the mountain. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring a walking stick as the trail gets a bit rocky.

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3 months ago

Gorgeous views! Fabulous cool walk thru forest , very shaded.

This is a great trail. We took the trail head at the end of the parking lot and went to the White Rocks Overlook. Good work out. Nice moderate climb. We brought two dogs, off leash for most of the hike, and an 8 year old and it was great. The Cairn area was very cool. The views from the overlooks were great! We had a lunch up there and took our time before heading back down. This is a great hike that is a really good work out for moderate hikers and really fun for kids and dogs. Would do it again!

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4 months ago

Great short trail to the ice beds.... spent some time climbing up the rocks. My girlfriend is from the area and spent a lot of time here as a kid. Got to do it in the fall and the foliage was an explosion of color

Winter snowshoe hike. Navigating was confusing because if you use the alltrails location, there's no parking, just the main road. maybe the snow prevented space. Went with Google maps "white rock recreation area". hiked up the 0.3 to a nice overlook.

I hiked this trail yesterday with a wonderful group of women, the trail was moderate with a slightly tricky river crossing, luckily a practical ice bridge and a downed tree a little up the the river from the trail made it possible to cross without getting wet or having to hop on rocksThe trail was icy and micro spikes are definitely needed right now. Nice views at the top and perfect weather!

Nice quick hike on a beautiful October day. Incredible foliage views from the overlook.

Great mid October hike. Views are definitely worth the hike up and I'm sure the cascade waterfall is spectacular during the Spring runoff.

Great hike. Nice, easy but challenging ascent rewarded by entrance into an amazing stand of soft conifer that opens up to a rock cairn museum! Short trip down to the cliff with spectacular views. After working up a sweat on the way up, make your way down to the Ice Beds portion of the trail for a "cool" location for lunch.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

This was a great hike. Moderately difficult. Quite a challenge for my four year old son with points of steady rise and Boulder strewn terrain. Only moderately difficult for my six and eight year sons, & wife who is 32 weeks pregnant. The cold ice beds were very neat, and the stunning Vista views just off trail were gorgeous.

Great terrain and beautiful views. Took us (myself a friend and my 5 month old Lab) 1 hr 20 or so to get up, hour or less to get down on Saturday afternoon.

Pretty good hike - it was more of a workout than I expected. The view at the top is as good as your fear of heights I think. My fear is pretty high so I didn't get too close to the edge of the cliffs. It's a long way down. All and all a nice hike in the LT/AT.

It was intense! A nice challenge indeed

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

I saw someone's review that said there is not much of a view. I think that person may have missed the left-hand turn to view the vista about a half mile up. This is a stunning area. Especially fantastic if you can spend some time at the boulder cliff by yourself and be amazed. On a hot day, it is refreshing to hike down to the ice rocks for a refuge prior to turning back and climbing back up.

Nice trail that leads to a view of the Green Mtns.

Nice trail for an afternoon hike. I don't agree with the hard rating. I'd call it moderate with a decent ascent.

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