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20 days ago

Great hike w a beautiful lake at the end. Went in December and was completely ice and snow covered but was still a fun hike.

Started out with just leaves on the trail but surprised me with lots of snow the last 1.5 miles.

An amazing tour with a lot of up-hills. It’s a chalenge for yourself. We loved the Gus Lookout, you have to walk to it even if the wheather wasn’t so good we really appreciate this lookout! Good indications and safe trail! We also appreciate the cascades on our road. A great trail to do when you are a little sporty.

I've lived within a 30 min drive of Mt. Ascutney for years, and I wish I had tried hiking it sooner. Even in the sub-par weather today, it was a beautiful climb. Although there was a lot of fog, there were a few breaks for views at the summit. As of today, a lot of the snow and ice from the storm last weekend has melted, and the hike is doable without microspikes.

I think this would be great in dry weather. I hiked it today in the rain and would not recommend it as long as the wet leaves are covering the trails and wet rocks. I had to be very careful not to slip. It was also foggy and so the views were not visible. I hope to come back with snowshoes this winter.

3 months ago

Such a great mountain and will always be one of my favorite homes ones! The trail itself is in great shape- and VERY well marked! Thanks ATA for keeping it so nice! A rather steep climb towards the middle- yet the last mile to the top flattens out.

I have hiked this trail several times now and really enjoy it. On this trip there was no view because of fog. There was about an inch of snow and more coming down as I reached the summit.

Good hike with some nice fall views. It was more of a moderate difficulty, but there are some steeper spots and locations where you need to be cognizant of your foot placement.

I found this to be a pretty strenuous hike, fairly steep all the way to the top. I agree with others that it’s on the harder side of moderate, because there are some tricky spots. I definitely felt that I got a good workout! Today was a pretty cloudy day, so there weren’t really views to enjoy. I imagine that it would be spectacular in better weather. If you enjoy waterfalls, this is the hike for you.

3 months ago

Nice hike, I would say moderate rather than hard. Certainly some step spots, but not steep the entire hike. Some great views at the top, but could use a little trimming along some of the vistas. A little confusing with the trail signs at the top, and I ended up coming down the same way I went up, but next time I'll know.

3 months ago

The trail climbs to the top of Ascutney. None of trails up Ascutney are easy, but I found this to be one of the easier ones. I wouldn't call it hard and Ascutney isn't a mountain for beginners. There are a few rocky sections. It wasn't crowded and the mine/multiple vistas were a plus. The mountain has an auto road, so be prepared for a pile of tourists in flip flops when you get to the observation tower.

3 months ago

Before I started this trail, I kept wondering why people rated it so low. The trail was beautiful and it starts off with the lake. After you pass the lake, you get to enjoy a very vegetative trail (end of September). The issue comes when you reach the wooden bridge. There is no way of knowing where to go next. If you go straight, you hit the street, if you walk on what looks like a path in any direction, you end up nowhere. And that is why I only gave it 4 stars.

Great hike. I would rate as moderate-hard due to steepness in sections and need to scramble over rocks at times. But very easy to follow and lots of variety of terrain-soft forest floor, rocks, tree roots, etc. I agree that Gus’ Lookout and West View the best places for views but Observation Tower also worth it. Overall I really liked this hike and would do it again. But I would say to expect a good workout. It took me and my husband about 5 hours but we took it easy going up, making frequent stops ;and going down, although taking less time, requires attention to footing and I always find down harder.

This was the third time I have hiked this trail. The lower section is moderate with some really neat rock ledges and the cascade falls is definitely worth going to see. There are a couple of waterfalls in this section. The falls are mostly runoff so if the season is dry there may be no water running. As the trail climbs the mountain it gets more rocky and root covered. As you near the top the lookouts to the west as well as Gus' Lookout are worthwhile stops. The observation tower at the top offers 360 degree views and there are plaques that show the distant peaks and towns nestled in among them. The descent is tougher than the ascent for me and careful footing is key. Overall I really like this trail. It is well marked and easy to navigate.

Great trail. Very well marked and maintained. Steady ascent to summit. Observation tower at top offers good views. Some traffic noise on a stretch of lower middle of the hike, but otherwise quiet. I’m 51 and in reasonably good shape and got to summit in 2.4 hours, skipping the waterfall via the bypass. It took 1.5 hours from summit back to car on same route.

Great trail for dogs. Signage at top is a bit confusing, but when it says “trail” on sign it means the lower loop, where you can find most of the vistas. Trail is very well blazed - Americorps was there that day for upkeep which was helpful. Lots of elevation gains and losses for a good workout. Hopefully they clear some trees for better views next year.

Some rock scrambling, but nothing too challenging. Great 360 degree view from the tower at the top. Be sure to stop at Cascade Falls and Gus’ Lookout on the way. Took us 3.5 hours with short stops.

One of my new favorites ... nice variety of terrain that makes it challenging but not grueling. Great views from several locations, and some nice water features and rock formations. Took me 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down.

I enjoyed this trail. quick, and easy and I enjoyed the view. I've already done this hike a few times when I just want to get some exercise in.

I enjoyed the many different view locations on the trail. it really made the hike worth it. though it wasnt too far up to the summit it felt like forever. the farther up you got the more difficult the terrain was. the trail was marked very well. I spent a total of 5 hours on the trail I'm sure some may have better time I found myself having to stop often to continue motivating myself. the likelyhood of me doing this trail again is very unlikely only because it kicked my butt.

Short hike, not much of a view at the top.

5 months ago

I don't know how they get 1.1 miles. All three falls are beautiful, but I was expecting more of a hike. Really, it's just a short walk to some waterfalls. I went Sunday morning in August and saw about 4 other small groups the whole time I was there, so it wasn't too busy at all Beautiful place to go, but don't expect much in terms of hiking.

Amazing views! Lots of stops with water ways if you have a pup in tow. Quite a few off-leash dogs though, just something to watch.

only went the 1.1 miles in. stopped at the falls. a lot of up. good for active people. beautiful views

good hike. red rock vista is ok.. trees are getting tall and in the way, same as the north vista. however, the pico view is outstanding. i recorded a quick video of the view.


i hope more people come here and sign in, i would love to see the trail get more funds and some upgrades.

I hiked this on a Wednesday and saw a total of about 10 people. I had the west view to myself for a good thirty minutes. I’d agree that this is definitely on the harder side of moderate...perhaps just hard. The cascades were beautiful and perfect for my pup to cool down in. I only went to the west viewing platform, as I had read that the summit’s views were not as stunning. So many mushrooms!! I have never seen so many mushrooms of different shapes, sizes, colors. I found the trail to be very well marked and easy to follow. I highly recommend this beauty of a hike!

This trail is amazing, with several small cascades and one very tall one before turning right to keep climbing up. The west view is the ticket, and the summit is less so, but there is a view if you climb the tower. I would not rate this trail as moderate, but hard. I am comparing this to WMNF trails labeled moderate which are significantly easier, as well as comparing to Catstill mountain trails labeled hard and rightly so. Just be prepared for a big workout.

Stunning trail. Definitely worth it.

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