Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail is a 9.4 mile out and back trail located near West Chesterfield, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Brattleboro Overlook Rail is a 3.8 mile out and back trail to a summit with a great overlook across the river to the city of Brattleboro. Follows a former quarry road with steady uphill climb.
This is a good hike and a good cardio workout, whether you climb straight up or enjoy the switchbacks (which is what we did). The views from the top are great, with down-town Brattleboro and beyond below. Park at the old Walmart closer to the stores that are still in business as car break-ins are common. Don't leave anything valuable in your car and don't leave any change in your ashtray or console visible.
Decent ascend, not strenuous and a quick walk to the top with a good view. Nice to do if you don't have time for a long hike!
One of the most beautiful trails I've ever run. There's an old Walmart with plenty of parking just a block away from the trailhead. If you have the time, go to Indian Pond and come back on Mine Ledge. Makes for a tough, but rewarding 5.25 loop.
great trail, not difficult at all. Mine ledge was really nice, great views. More of a workout going down to Indian pond.
It was a bit steep at first but smoothed out. Great views on top!
the hike is a bit of a workout, but the view from the top is great
Nice trail and a decent workout. Lovely view of Brattleboro from the summit.
Great Hike, Beautiful view at the top. Trail itself not to bad compared to some of the other Vermont mountain trails. Very well taken care of.
The view at the top makes the pain worth it!
The coordinates that get put into the GPS aren't correct (they bring you to someone's house up the road). It seems to me this trail head is actually at Madame Sherri's Forest. There is a kiosk at the parking area of Madame Sherri's that maps out all the trails (including the Wantastiquet). Perhaps I missed something - but the trail head location is pretty confusing.
Did we miss the trailhead altogether or is this trail not marked (out of Mdm Sherrie's Forest)?
I have done this trail hundreds of times in preparation for Tough Mudders and the GoRuck Challenge. It is a moderate hike with about 1200' of elevation gain. The trail is predominantly a jeep trail, however there are some wet sections and some very rocky sections. It is a well used trail and is available year round, even in the snow.
This was the first hike I attempted following knee surgery, did it in Sept. 2010. Actually quite nice views all the way up. Was going to try to make it to the mine ledge, east of Wantastiquet, but I fatigued.
A little local lore: I am told this might be the only area of NH that still has a population of rattlesnakes. I saw none.
Must go during fall! It's pretty magical during the fall and summer, too, but the fall views take the cake. What a treasure this trail was to me during my graduate school year!
If entering from the S.W. end, the little waterfall, the carpet of fall leaves, and the far away feeling so close to town were all perfect for rejuvenating computer eyes. If entering from the North end, Indian Pond in the fall is unparalleled with the reflection of the trees and the beavers.
A group of us also tried hiking it through to the Indian Pond area, but we got a bit lost, so make sure to start early with plenty of light if you attempt it.