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Fairly easy winter hike, trail was well marked. Cascade falls was pretty well frozen over but still beautiful. Overall, a very scenic and pleasant hike. Curious to return in spring/summer.

beautiful trail with lots of views and waterfalls! ate lunch on the hang glider landing and saw a grad total of 3 other people. :)

Great place it’s beautiful there and views are amazing

This trail has an embarrassment of riches for any hiker. I guess there's a half a dozen or more trails to summit Ascutney, but you would have a tuff time convincing me there's a better way than the Weathersfield route. Also this hike was done when most of the foliage was off the trees.

Beautiful hike. Fairly easy for seasoned hikers. We had three kids with us so we only made it to Cascade Falls. Some scrambling and it's a bit muddy / slippery, especially in this time of year. (Autumn) but the foliage is really spectacular and make the trail colorful and beautiful.

5 months ago

Rocky and steep

Really nice hike, Gus's Outlook is a great spot for lunch, make sure you go up to the West Peak Vista as that's a great spot for the view.
We looped the summit via the Hand Glide trail which was fun though signs are not that visible.

Second falls are really interesting, the walk gets a bit more complicated from there to the top although it's worth it. The summit per se is not great but all the other points of interest and vistas are definitely worth the effort.

Definitely recommend!

Was challenging in places, but overall not horrible. Nice look out at the old quarry. Probably not a hike I would do again, but not a bad hike.

Fun trail to do with kids. Great falls, and nice random views along the way

great waterfalls in mid spring. it can be pretty icy if it early in the spring.

A beautiful little hike with small kids, easy to walk and much to do during the walk. The waterfalls are a great motivation for the younger ones, some climbing included. Very pittouresque scenery.

5 months ago

The hike is nice on relatively easy terrain. The falls are well worth the short trip. Make sure you see all three sets of picturesque falls. (The middle ones were our family favorite.) Seasonally these falls are also a great place for some mountain stream swimming and wading. There are several large pools around the falls. (Be careful of dangerous currents during high water times.) Beautiful spot! We stayed just down the road and hiked there a number of times.

I have a rash on my taint. it's a tough hike from the cascade falls to the summit. bring extra water! no view from the actual summit but there's a lookout tower with a good view

The trail seemed fairly easy until the second cascade. After that, it was hard. Today was almost a 90 degree day so my boyfriend and I went through over 3 liters of water, together. Snacks and possibly even a lunch/dinner are a must. I would rate this trail hard. Also, the summit has nearly no view unless you go to the lookout tower.

Great place to hike! Many different spots to stop and take in the views, our favorite was the western summit. This trail is rated moderate but I saw a lot of people struggling or turning back before reaching the top. Definitely plan on plenty of water and some nutrition to make the round trip.

Wish the HangGlider trail was marked. Other than that what a lovely hike!

6 months ago

This was a gorgeous trail, mildly challenging, with plenty of interesting stops/views along the way!

Definitely a steep climb after the waterfall!

A favorite, because even if you don't get to the top, the Cascade Falls is a great lunch spot.
BTW, this is longer, harder hike than many expect (maybe not this crew). The lower part is fairly easy but above the Falls gets steeper and more overgrown towards the top. Bring water for sure and probably a snack. I've seen the local fire department have to rescue a collapsed hiker from this trail and it wasn't pretty.

I did this today with a friend. The trail was easy to follow and well marked. There was an angry swarm of hornets that stung my poor pups a few times. Watch out on the stone "stairs". The view was ehhhh. There are lots of trees in the way. Beautiful day for a hike none the less

Beautiful hike but I would agree with other reviewer that parts of this trail are quite steep and rocky. Views are wonderful.

7 months ago

Moderate difficulty, wouldn't call it hard. Lookout tower is sweet, but otherwise the view is hindered by tree line. The relics in the quarry are very cool. Overall I would hike this again.

Nice hike with some good places to stop before the summit. Gus' Lookout was really nice. The only way to see the view from the top is if you go up the lookout tower. Not a good hike for novices or first timers.

7 months ago

This trail requires few hours to complete, very rocky, but definitely worth the hike, if you choose this trail and would like to finish please plan ahead with some snacks and especially remember bring enough water with you.

7 months ago

The photo here, as of August 2017, doesn't do this place justice. To all those photogs out there, make sure you go late in the day or on a colder day so you can avoid the swimmers.

7 months ago

I found this moderate trail to be challenging. Loved it regardless. Mostly steep sections, lots of rocks and roots. Some of the trail is flattish with nice gravel. I hiked on a pretty warm afternoon (mid-80), clear day, and was mostly in shade. Will try trail again when I have more miles on my feet, but compared to other moderate trails in the area, I feel this one will still be a challenge.

their is a couple good vistas along the way. most of the trail is shady even when the sun is out. it may be worth trying to catch another vista more south of the shelter before turning back. the trail and shelter are well taken care of.

We travel to Vermont a lot, and recently stayed in the Ludlow area at the Jackson Gore Inn which is just a few minutes away. The falls are easy to find, right off Route 103 on Buttermilk Falls Road.  As you travel down the road, you will see pull offs on the side of the road.  We arrived around 9 on a Sunday morning, and we could see cars starting to line up.

There are three parts to the falls - lower, middle, and upper.  We had no trouble finding the many paths and trails meandering through the woods from the road and to each of the falls.  We went after some rain and some of the slopes and rocks were slippery, so just watch your step especially if you wear something like flip-flops (versus sturdy shoes).  While much of the terrain is easy to navigate, there are some rocks, roots, and slopes to travel over. We kind of meandered between the trail and the water's edge, as there are many little paths going through the woods.

At the beginning of the trail (the first pulloff areas closer to the bottom of the falls), there is a trailhead type kiosk where there is information about Buttermilk Falls, including a map and water testing results.

We went the morning after a rainstorm, and the kiosk sign recommends not entering the water 24 hours after there is heavy rain because of elevated e. coli levels.  It had been pretty stormy the night before so we decided against going in the water, even though our original intent was to swimming. There were lots of folks there who came prepared with swimming gear.

We have had a lot of rain this summer, so the water level was high. Most places we have been visiting have water levels that are higher than normal, so it really depends on rainfall levels too.

The distance between the falls is not far at all, so the kids had no problem "hiking" between them, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding nature.  It was a little buggy when we were there, so plan on bringing some bug spray.

The falls were very pretty and looks like it is a fun place to swim, so we will definitely be back.

7 months ago

Although it is a short and easy hike, it is definitely worth the trip. The falls are beautiful. If you're daring enough, you can dip your toes in the "cool" mountain water!

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