Vermont March 04, 2016
These 9 Hiking Spots In Vermont Are Completely Out Of This World
Vermont is full of hiking trails from easy to the seemingly impossible. But here in the 802 we’re hard working folks and we like to earn our rewards, and when it comes to hiking it’s all about the stunning views along with everything we take in on the way. Even if we’re not up for the hikes we could handle in our younger years, some places have toll roads that lead us to to the top to take in the spectacular vistas and the excitement of reaching the top is never really out of reach.
Here are some hikes throughout Vermont that are particularly enjoyable. Be sure to share your favorite hikes with other readers!
1. Stowe Pinnacle, Stowe
A recreational climb to a scenic peak overlooking the Stowe Valley. Take the opportunity to go geocaching here as there are a few to find along the way on this 2.8 mile round trip hike.
2. Prospect Rock Trail, Manchester
The view from Prospect Rock is well worth the tired legs. This is a convenient 3 hour excursion to an overlook at the edge of the Lye Brook Wilderness.
3. Red Rock Park, South Burlington
Boats, beaches, Lake Champlain, Adirondack peaks, the Taconic range, and a view of Camel's Hump. Not bad for an urban hike less than a mile from the interstate! This easy hike is only 1.2 miles round trip.
4. Groton State Forest, Kettle Pond Trail and Owl's Head
This 3 hour hike around a forest pond and a short walk to Owl's Head Mountain provides both moderate and easy ways to navigate through the trails. Spectacular views await!
4. Mount Equinox - Burr and Burton Trail, Manchester
Hikers can trek up to soak in the well earned vista after a rigorous climb to the highest summit in the Taconic Range. Tourists can also motor up the toll road to share the popular view.
5. Abbey Pond, Middlebury
This is a great hike for a rainy day. If you're determined to tromp through the woods in any kind of weather, take this half day trek by the Abby Pond Cascades and enjoy the ridgetop pond.
6. Black Mountain Natural Area, Brattleboro
A short, energetic family hike to a backcountry peak that's close to town.
7. Mount Mansfield, Stowe
This difficult trail is a classic ascent of a rocky ridge to Vermont's highest peak. There is also a toll road that's open in season. The people in this picture skinned (hiked up with their skis) and are about to descend.
The crest of Mt. Mansfield is said to resemble a human face. Can you see it?
8. Mount Elmore, Elmore
This is a hike that will keep the whole family entertained. This 5.2 mile round trip hike passes by the famous and impressive balancing rock.
9. Mt. Pisgah, Westmore
A 3 hour hike to breathtaking cliffs overlooking Lake Willoughby. This moderate hike is about 4 miles round trip.
Where is your favorite place to explore?