Large cobbles are scattered along this trail, getting more frequent the further north you get. Plant your feet carefully.
The longest trail in Trout Brook Valley, the White Trail
spans almost all of the valley from south to north. Used as a connector between trails, or as the most heavily trafficked trail in the western part of the Preserve. Expect other users!
From the Bradley Parking area, White Trail
heads north, starting as a doubletrack. After a short stint paralleling both Blue Trail
and Green Trail
, White turns left, still following Green Trail
. This is where the singletrack starts.
Shortly after diving into the woods with Green Trail
, White Trail
bombs north, still traversing flat terrain. However, this respite doesn't last long. Following Hawleys Brook as it cascades in the opposite direction, White Trail
begins a massive climb. Pass Green Trail
and Orange Trail
, and follow this serpentine trail as it winds its way uphill.
Eventually, you'll reach a plateau with some impressive granitic outcrops. From here you'll have the option to head back downhill on Red/White Trail
, or to continue north. I would recommend pressing on as the next feature on this trail is a stunning precipice with expansive views over the Connecticut Golf Club. Maybe if you save your pennies you can become a member?
From this vista, follow the white blazes as they wind past an intersection with Red Trail
, and over a very pretty ridgeline lined with moss. From here, the trail undulates through old farm fences, past Green/White (Peter's Trail)
, ending on a downhill at the Jump Hill lot.