Weathersfield Trail to Mount Ascutney is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Perkinsville, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Amazing hike!! Very challenging but the views are so rewarding
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.
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!
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!
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.
My wife and I loved this trail. Definitely worth the trek.
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.
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.
Great trail, overall pretty easy hike for most! Beautiful day and views from the tower.
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.
Challenging and very fun with beautiful views. My wife and I enjoyed it.