We were there today (9-20-08) and they have updated the trail system. There are parking areas located about a tenth of a mile AFTER the trail head. Both parking areas (Loop trail and Brook trail) are well marked with signs that are located right on the side of the road at the entrance. The trail head, while very well marked, can be difficult to find (especially once you've spied the sign for the parking lot and are foculsed on this. The actual sign for the trail head is about 30 feet off the road in the woods. If you aren't looking...you MAY miss it.
They have also added a connector trail that leads from the Brook trail to the Parker Ridge and the Jackson trails.
The distance is not quite on. From the Brook trail to the Loop trail (making a popular looP) is about 1.3 miles...not 1.4. If you use the odometer...1.4 miles leads you to a slight road-like thing that, after going in about .1 miles DOES have blue blazes!! But these disappear not long after this.
There are also blue blazes (very old and faded) that lead off from inside the parking lot. So...if it doesn't clearly STATE it's the trail...it isn't.
Once you are on the trails...they are VERY WELL marked.
I've attached to this object a picture of the trail map that is at the trail head of the brook trail
Another thing that was a bit confusion was finding the turn off from the main route onto the road. In the Falcon Guide, the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, and the DeLorme map...the name of this courned is WELD corner. However, when you get there...there is a big sign labeling it WEBB corner.
There is now a trail going to North Peak it starts on the Tumbledown Ridge Trail about half way up West Peak. Red Blazes and cairns mark the trail.
Cool! I need to get up there and check it out so I can update the page. Thanks again.
The "logging road" at the west end of Webb Lake is now marked with a sign. It is West End Road. Going straight on this road puts one on to Byron Rd., also signed, very quickly. Morgan Rd., the logging road to the Jackson and Parker's Ridge trailhead, is just past a cemetery that is on the right side of Byron Rd..
Tumbledown Mountain is one of the many gems in Maine. However, Names and Places might be different, I would ask a local person. Remember publications vary with information. Use summitpost.org for information. Please feel free to eMail me: HikingTurtle