Snake Mountain is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Middlebury, VT that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This was a fairly rugged uphill slog (for this 62 year old) for about 2 miles to a summit with great views. There's a parking lot on Mountain Road. About 200 yards south is the well-marked trail head. The trail is an old carriage road to the summit. It's rocky and rugged but families with young kids made it successfully to the top. At the "T", go left. Soon after the "T", you'll see a trail to the left with a "Don't disturb the peregrines during nesting season" sign. This trail also goes to the summit, passing some interesting outcrops at the top but it's very steep and rugged. (I came down that way and my thighs are still throbbing.)
The summit views are the highlight here. Beautiful views looking west at the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks. There's a concrete slab foundation of an old house or hotel at the summit that kind of takes away from the vibe a bit but, again, you're there for the view. Plan to spend some time at the summit.
Fairly easy hike to the best panoramic view of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack High Peaks. The trailhead has been reworked with signage to make it easier to find. The trail is used year around for hiking. Crampons suggested for winter.
Pretty view from the top! Easy walk up and definitely dog friendly. A little crowded with families.
Gorgeous day today and the view from the summit was unbeatable. But I have to agree with some of the others that this is not a well marked trail. The trailhead itself is easy to find but there are no blazes and very little signage. The route to summit is straightforward but the eastern portion of the loop is challenging to follow. It is also clearly less traveled than the primary trail to the summit.
Easy well defined trail. No water features. Great view at top.
Great view at the top
Nice trail with a spectacular view from the summit!!
Poorly marked trails but nice view at top. Anytime the trail split I stayed to the left and eventually made it to a nice rock outcrop with views. Only on the way down did I notice worn out yellow blazes on rocks. Hike took about 45 minutes to the top
A wide, well-defined path through the woods, it was more of a rugged walk than a hike for the most part, but fun, steep, and rocky. The view from the top is well worth the walk up. My 5yo did it with no complaints and only two short stops to sit in between the steepest parts.
Great hike in this area. Many mudded out areas and erosion spots and heavily trafficked today but worth the obstacles and traffic for the view.
Accessible hike with a beautiful view at the top.
Beautiful hike, but I echo what others before me have said- the trail, particularly the trail marked in red on this page, is not marked, whatsoever. When hiking it for the first time, give yourself plenty of time in case you need to backtrack and/or re-navigate.
Amazing view of Lake Champlain from the summit. Easy trail to follow. No scrambling required.
Decent hike but the trail was very poorly marked.
Quick and easy hike. Make sure to look out for the pond. Apparently back in the 1800's someone built a hotel on top of the mountain. All that remains today is the concrete foundation.