Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail to Aunt Jenny Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salisbury, VT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.
Directions from Forest Dale, VT: Travel north on SR 53 for 5.2 miles to a large parking area for Silver Lake and Falls of Lana.
We hiked the Aunt Jenny trail to Rattlesnake Cliff, view was amazing, we timed the foliage perfectly. Well worth the trip
Went yesterday with 2 friends. The views from Rattlesnake Cliffs are fantastic, but keep in mind that to reach Rattlesnake Cliffs, the trail goes beyond what is shown on the AllTrails map, There are 2 places to get views from the top. There is a trail off to the left as you walk up that is labeled "vista" that is one of the spots. The other one is available if you continue straight for a short distance. Check out both, as they offer views in different directions.
FYI - Rattlesnake Cliffs are closed for the peregrine falcon nesting season, so be sure to visit after August 1.
Worth the hike
April 3, 2016. Trail nice and dry. Lovely loop through the woods. The cliffs are closed for the peregrines, but you are still able to hike the Aunt Jenny Trail and the Rattlesnake Cliff Trail loop. There are many signs to warn hikers away from cliffs. Beautiful waterfalls. Our round trip, from parking lot, was 4.3 miles, which differs from the details given by AllTrails.
Nice scenic trail with waterfalls and good trails, except for the trees across the trail that have not been removed. Went April 2, and was overcast and cliff trail closed. Park at the "126" sign and hike up under the water pipe to se the falls and rejoin the trail to the cliffs and Jenny. Nice loop.
Found this while on a an overnight business trip. First part of the trail was wide and packed, then I turned left and went up to Rattlesnake cliffs. Nice view at the top. The cliff trail is closed from April to August 1 due to Peregrine falcon nesting, so a heads up if planning that trail. 1 hour up and 1 hour down with the occasional stop. Lana Falls on the way down proved to be a popular spot to cool off. Well worth the hike and lots of options for longer trails, etc. Parking was at the Silver Lake lot.
Did this hike on the 4th of July and the summit of the mountain was closed due to falcon nesting, so there wasn't a view. Not sure if the loop is still accessible, but the first leg of the trail was a beautiful woodland hike (quite steep at times). Lots of mosquitoes, so be prepared!
Great view! Hike was difficult enough that I was very sweaty by the time I got to the top. There were a lot of mosquitos, so come protected. The view was amazing and definitely coming back to that spot.
This is a great, short, but challenging hike. The views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, and the 'Daks from the top are stunning and well worth the climb.
It probably takes 45 minutes to get up to the top and about the same going down if you are going fast up the Cliffs trail. You can extend the hike a little bit by walking along the Oak Ridge trail at the top if you are so inclined.
You can either park at the silver lake trailhead just south of Branbury State Park, OR you can park across from the old pumping station just north of the Silver Lake trailhead on Rt. 53. If you park at the pumping station, you follow the aqueduct up until you intersect with the trail (which is a very obvious intersection) and go left up to the Aunt Jenny/Cliffs trail. At this intersection, there is an interesting sign about the history of the aqueduct. The hike along the pipe is not very scenic, but it is a rocky scramble. There is a spectacular view of the Falls of Lana on the left on the way up.
In terms of trail conditions, they are very good and well-traveled. As I said before, there is a bit of a scramble along the aqueduct and then it's mostly a steep dirt and occasionally rocky trail to the top. If you pick up the pace, it's a great workout with a lot of vertical in a short distance. You can also slow it down and take in the scenery along the way.
The bottom line: Highly recommended. One of my favorite shorter hikes in the area. I also love bringing a sandwich to the top and having lunch or dinner sitting on the rocky cliffs.