Although the picture above is incorrect for this hike, I wanted to post it first simply for the fact that you will be hiking the beginning of Double Arch trail. Take Tunnel Ridge Road all the way to the end and the trailhead is there at the turn-around which is also where you can park.
This is the first unmarked trail I have posted on here. So I want to remind you to make sure you have a GPS, GPS app, map, charged phone, or compass with you. And, make sure someone knows where you are. It is really easy to get turned around and eventually lost. Be prepared no matter how short or long you plan on being out.
After departing the turn-around area, you will take the Double Arch Trail for about 0.2-0.3 miles. This is actually a forestry road which makes for a very smooth and easy walk. Soon you will notice the downed tree on your right, pictured above. This is just before the well-worn trail that is also to the right. If you look closely in the picture, you can see the trail.
As you get up top of the little hill you will walk thru a campsite and continue on the trail straight ahead to another campsite. Once again, go thru and then downhill just a bit. You will see this exposed rock pictured above. This is the top of Arch of Triumph. If you look left, you will see the trail that will take you to the arch below. If you look to the right you will notice that there is a HUGE drop-off. Have fun but be safe.
Enjoy the little arch and enjoy your time outside. Then when you are ready, simply retrace your steps back to the Double Arch Trail and then back to your vehicle. I didn't track the actual mileage, but I know it isn't even one mile. It is a trail I have passed many, many times and finally decided to check it out one day. I am so glad I did! Even though it is a small arch, it is still worth seeing.
Yes, it is winter. But it is still great hiking weather. Grab your pack and have fun!
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir
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