Weathersfield Trail to Mount Ascutney

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Weathersfield Trail to Mount Ascutney is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Perkinsville, VT that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 2427 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

washed out

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing hike!! Very challenging but the views are so rewarding

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Started a little after noon, with temps in the 40s on the ground, but quickly removed layers as we climbed. The trail is very well marked, but there are some spots where you can see what looks like previous years' blazes going in another direction. Blazes are relatively close together, so very easy navigation. We printed out a trail map but didn't use it at all. The trail is pretty rocky and root-covered, which can be a bit challenging with downed leaves and pine needles. This is also a very wet route. You cross multiple streams, a waterfall, and places where rocks have been placed to focus the water so it doesn't erode the trail. There are some places where there are very sheer drops off the left side of the trail, including one where you're walking on a large, smooth stone embedded in the earth (wouldn't recommend in wet/icy conditions). We spent about 3 hours going up (lots of stops for removing/adding layers, water, and taking in the views) but made it down in about 1.5 hours. Great hike overall - highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike rapidly became a favorite hike of mine. The forest shows the hiker many different facets of its personality, quiet mossy pine forest, rivers and waterfalls, elevations, views, trails so gorgeous it takes your breath away.

Plan to repeat this hike many times!

hiking
1 month ago

My standard Goldendoodle and I did this hike on Columbus Day 2016. Beautiful and well marked trail with some little climbs. Had to hoist my dog up a few of them, but other than that it was manageable. We did the round trip in about 3 hours with a 5 min stop at Gus' Overlook and 15 minute lunch at the Summit and tower. Great fall hike with incredible views and foliage! Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike. We went all the way up to the watch tower and the view was magnificent. Trail markers were numerous and easy to keep track of. Trail itself was pretty maintained. Highly recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I loved this trail. Definitely worth the trek.

3 months ago

Parking lot is in good shape. There is plenty of overflow parking too.

There are plenty of scenic views too. Gus' lookout, the west summit, the observation tower, with "maps" of what mountains you are looking at, and the east summit. The water fall was great too.

It seems longer than 2.9 miles. And I am not just referring to the work to climb the mountain. The hike up and down with a short stop for a snack was 5.5 hours.

The trail is in well maintained. The terrain is typical; expect sections of exposed roots, loose rocks and gravel, stone stairs, a wood stair, slipper ledges and friendly hikers.

3 months ago

Challenging hike, but great on a cool am. No water running so dry falls and peak is at 2.9 not 2.1. There is a west peak as well which adds about .4. Nice though not a very jarring rocky hike.

3 months ago

Great trail, overall pretty easy hike for most! Beautiful day and views from the tower.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Steep uphill hike, not for the faint of heart. The views make it well worth it especially at Gus's outlook and the west peak. Absolutely beautiful. Weatherfields Trail is well marked with white paint as well.

hiking
6 months ago

Challenging and very fun with beautiful views. My wife and I enjoyed it.

6 months ago

11 months ago

Did this with snowshoes in the winter. Challenging and worth it. Good parking and great views.

1 year ago

Awesome views

hiking
1 year ago

Really enjoy this hike, and I've ventured up many times. Would not recommend going further than Cascade Falls (~1.1mi into the hike) with dogs, as the trail becomes consistently steep past that point. Rewarding summit views and a good, steep challenge with mixed terrain! Enjoy :)

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked with three two active kids, it was a lot of fun.
We got a late a late start and clouds started to roll in so we stopped at Cascade Falls. About 1.1 miles up.
Great views, very steep drop use caution with kids and pets.
We will definitely go back when we have more time.

1 year ago

unique vantage pt between the green and white mountains. excellent views of okemo and killington

hiking
2 years ago

Did the Weathersfield trail hike on Oct 6, 2014. 62 and sunny at the trailhead ( which is 4.2 miles East of the VT intersection of Rt 106 and RT 131 (Downer's Store) on RT 131; Trailhead signs both directions on 131, VERY well marked. Cascade Falls Road is the dirt road. Turn on it then bear left follow to top, dead end, parking for about 8 cars. register and trail map posted. Note the posting below (by Jesepe A.) talks about a road... and parking near the top and a "quick in and out" of about a Mile... he's NOT on THIS Trail ! he must have started from the State Park off of 44A.

It took 2 Hrs and 50 min for GF and I to reach Gus' Overlook at a slow pace ( we are 60 but move along pretty good). The person who measured the distance from the parking lot to Cascade Falls as 0.6 miles must have been a Crow ! It's gotta be 1.1 or so. The 'ladder' or set of stairs is encountered at about 0.3 and it looks worse than it is. Very stable. from there on up it's a steady climb with an occasional down slope to cross a creek... then back up. Little water flowing this time of year. Top was cool and Very windy, about 50 deg... maybe less. Gus's overlook is somewhat sheltered with Pines on the side and a very clear view to the west / SW. We met about 30 people total ( including a Grade school class of 15) and this was a Monday. pretty popular. The trip down from Gus's Overlook took an hour less, 1 Hr, 50 min, including two 5 minute breaks on the way up and same coming down. We missed the Western Overlook as we ran out of time. Next trip we'll start from the State Park Trailhead off of 44A.

Suggestions - wear very stiff soled boots / shoes... lots of rocks and tree roots to step on. I rate this trail as Moderate. No difficult "hands and knees" stuff nor rock climbing. View is 8.5 - really nice.

hiking
2 years ago

One of our favorite hikes, which we do at least once a year. We are pretty slow so this takes us about 5 hours out and back. It's also a great short hike to the waterfall for lunch. Be careful at the falls, as the rocks are incredibly slippery. But the view is worth it.
The bottom half of this trail is much easier than the top so plan your time and energy accordingly.