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Nice hike, somewhere between moderate and hard for a novice 32 year old hiker. Well maintained trail, easily viewable markers, and amazing view at the summit. Felt longer than 3.1 miles and quite windy at the top when exposed to the elements. Would definitely hike again.
Amy H. on Stowe Recreation Path
It was an easy walk. We did this walk in the beginning of November and it wasn't busy at all.
It said moderate, but for someone out of shape, it was a bit difficult with LOTS of climbing up rocks, stones, roots, boulders, etc. I made it to the top and consider that quite an accomplishment for this newly retired person. Of course, it was encased in a cloud, but still, I'm glad I went. Sometimes the trail disappeared near the top...
Two places I know of to start this trail run and I started off of Luce Hill Road, which was a little confusing to find the trail as it is basically a double track/logger road (Haul Rd) off Luce road into the woods. You follow the double track to the bypasses, I skipped the bypasses by going straight and experienced a challenging uphill on the double track all the way past the sign for the Von Trapp trails till the turn off for Ranch Camp Trail then right onto Kimmers trail, which was a great downhill, fast, single track for over a mile to the fork. Going left lead to small parking lot, going right went down a rocky/grassy wide, mowed trail. After a mile or so it curved up right/uphill to re-join with Haul road. The trail is fairly well marked and was lots of fun to run on. Very beautiful scenery in the forest. I would definitely run again.
Great hike with beautiful views and excellent foliage colors. The shared pictures give some insight into the view. If you want a shorter and less strenuous hike; park at the higher parking lot. It will cut out about 0.45 miles (based on signage).
There were a few friendly local dogs at the top and a handful of couple. Highly recommended two!