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hiking
15 hours ago

If you've got friends or family visiting you in Vermont, Mount Philo is the perfect way to spend a few hours. A very easy mile each way gets you some great views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding areas. Very crowded in the summer, try to hike this one around 5 or 6 pm to catch the setting sun over Lake Champlain.

hike was great,as were the views, but the fire tower was locked when we reached the summit at around 430pm. I would have given it 5 stars if it was open

hiking
3 days ago

Nice family friendly hike. You can choose to stick to path or follow the paved road both up and down. Offers some beautiful views of Lake Champlain.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice short hike with one of the best views of Lake Champlain. I just wish people would keep their dogs on leashes. We passed 5 unleashed dogs out of sight of their owners. No way for them to control the dog. There’s nothing more annoying than having a big slobbering dog rub up against you on the trail and scare your kids. I like dogs but keep them on a leash if you can’t keep them next to you.

hiking
4 days ago

Moderate elevation. Good distance. Gr8 view.

enjoyed hiking here. we met so many people from different age groups. very nice view at the top and relaxing picnic spots. restroom area is also well maintained. in short worth the hike. and perfect for beginners!

This is a nice quick day hike, not difficult at all. what great views at the top just wish the tower was open.

The trail was very narrow and not well marked. One area was very rocky and muddy with no clear way up. I would not rate this easy.

A quick and easy walk that got me closer to finishing the fire tower challenge. I paired this hike with Hurricane and did both in 1 day.

Thunder during the hike, downpour at the lodge, fog, clearing, wonderful lighting!

hiking
10 days ago

Perfect hike for beginners. Gives a challenge at the beginning, great view at the top and easy paved road on the way down. I would have preferred a wooded path the entire way but this hike was enjoyable. We passed many of all ages, 3 years to 70s. Some of the younger kids were complaining but our 8 year olds did great. The path was hard packed and steps were available in some areas.

Gorgeous views, a few steep inclines but not too bad. Very kid friendly. The fire tower is better maintained than most, and there was even an informative steward at the top! Definitely worth seeing.

hiking
12 days ago

We hike Mount Philo with our kids a few times a year and it is always a fun adventure!

on Snake Mountain

hiking
13 days ago

This is nice trail, but I warn you not to try to follow the loop to the right. The trail is poorly marked and there are many intersecting trails making it impossible to continue the loop. I went back and forth on several trails trying to get back on the loop shown in the alltrails map. I finally gave up and turned back. Luckily the app allowed me to track all my various attempts and get back to where the trail split.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail. There are definitely trails that veer off the main one but just stay on the largest cleared trail and you will be fine. Easy hike awesome view rain or shine!

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike, wonderful views!!

hiking
14 days ago

We went at the end of July. It was a nice day - not too hot and had rained recently. Trail is nice and well maintained, but we only made it half way to the lake before we turned around. the bugs were absolutely RELENTLESS! Some day I hope to revisit when there's less chance of bugs.

Hiked 9/27/17. It was unseasonably hot that day, even around 5:00 pm. There was no one else on the trail this day, so I had the mountain to myself. There are some very steep sections but the view at the top is beautiful. My garmin showed a total of 2.5 miles and it took me about 90 minutes round trip.

hiking
16 days ago

Very quick hike. Only took me 10 minutes to the Tower. Views were beautiful!

hiking
17 days ago

Nice views but more of a short walk than a hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike, trail was in very good condition and well marked. Appreciated the trail Steward's information and recommendations.

great views and an easy hike. picnic area at the top.

Ran in to Rattlesnakes on the trail, do not hike it. in warm weather

Nice trail. Good views in the middle and on the summit.

hiking
22 days ago

Trail is marked as moderate but after the initial 10 minutes from the street, it is a steep hike. Probably will take 45 minutes to an hour for most. I started out and went to the left and up to the top, walked around then back down. When back at the flat area, went straight and returned back to the beginning of the trail, you can see it on my mapping. Beautiful views at the summit. Go right and it's an out and back to the lake view and then go to the other side for the Vermont overlook. You'll come back to the top and won't see any real markings so get your bearings, go right and you should see the red tree markings again. Going down is not as bad as some other steep hikes I've done, just take your time. This trail starts out in an area that you wouldn't expect to be busy but ran into quite a few mostly on my way down. Parking is tight, just off the road and about 5-6 cars maybe. Probably should be rated as hard as it's quite steep for a mile.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a hike that I've done about 12 times. It was the first mountain that I climbed as a child and a climb that I do almost every year that I am back to my home town. It can be steep at times, but the path is well defined. It can be crowded at times and might best to hike on a weekday if you want to avoid a lot of people. Very kid friendly.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

climbed at 9.00pm to see the lights of Burlington and willsboro point

Pretty solid hike. Essex viewpoint is blocked by a few trees.

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful view, nicely maintained trail, kid friendly and high foot traffic. Wish it was a little less busy but it was a VT summer day, can’t expect to have the trail to ourselves. Was a great hike with the kiddo.

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