White Rocks Ice Beds Trail


White Rocks Ice Beds

The Ice Beds Trail leads to views of the northwestern side of the White Rocks Cliffs. From here the trail follows the stream around to the base of the talus pile of massive rocks. Deep within this pile lie the ice beds. In the winter, ice forms deep within the recesses of the rock pile. Protected, the ice lasts late into the summer and slowly melts. All summer long a draft of cool air and a stream of 40 degree F water flow down the ravine from the rock pile.  Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

White Rocks Ice Beds Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Wallingford                                                      For all Emergencies: 911; 911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Wallingford, off Rte 140 and Forest Road 52.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Route 7 in Wallingford, follow Route 140 east 2.1 miles to the junction of Sugar Hill Road on the right.

From Route 103 in East Wallingford, follow Route 140 west approximately 4.0 miles to the junction of Sugar Hill Road on the left; -Follow Sugar Hill Road for about 200 feet to the sign for the Green Mountain National Forest-White Rocks Picnic Area and turn right onto Forest Road 52. Follow FR 52 for 0.5 miles to the Picnic Area parking lot.



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Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1-2 hours round trip Length: 0.4 miles round trip to vistas
Elevation descMax elevation change: 180 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
Length: 0.4 miles round trip to vistas

  Elevation : 
Max elevation change: 180 feet