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One of my favorite hikes in VT! The first half is easy. The second half not so easy! Amazing views at the top!

The view on the top was spectacular once the flurries of snow drifted away and the clouds cleared. As for difficulty, I would say this is on the harder side of moderate even though I began at the Stowe Pinnacle Meadow parking lot. Yes, the view is definitely worth the hike up.

Fun hike. Pretty steep in some spots. Great views on top. I continued East on the trail towards Middlesex and circled around to White Rock. This adds a couple miles on to the hike and you basically go down the East side and then back up. Well worth it in my opinion. Views to the East were spectacular. The climb back up to White Rock was challenging and fun. After reaching the top of White Rock you back track a bit and then take the trail heading back North to the Mount Hunger trail. Be prepared for water and mud. Have fun

Seems like a breeze, until you’re JUST about at the peak! Didn’t realize there was tram service up there until we redirected some not well-dressed tourists back to the tram as they started making their way down the steep rocky long trail in loafers and polos! Beautiful waterfall stop highly recommended to sit and listen to the white noise of nature.

Nice hike! Beautiful views at the top! I'm sore!

Very rewarding hike! Challenging going up but not too bad going down. The view at the top is worth it (even with the fog!) Took us 3 hours 45 minutes total. The waterfall is about 1/4 of the way into the hike. The top of the mountain is very spacious- tons of room to spread out and eat/rest.

Fantastic hike! Made it in around 5.5 hours. We hiked this mountain in October and the view was incredible!

hiking
9 days ago

Constant elevation gain. Very challenging. Will get your heart rate up for sure. Great reward at the top. Extremely crowded on leaf peeping weekend. Tons of dogs on this trail. We encountered nearly 100 of them mostly without leashes.

We completed this hike in beautiful weather earlier today. Everything that the others have written about the trail starting gently and then finishing with demanding scramble is ‘spot on’. The views from the top were however absolutely magnificent and rendered all of the hard work getting there, worthwhile. We would thoroughly recommend this walk.

Slow ascent to begin, then gets very steep! Very rocky at the top, including some light “rock climbing”. We took our 3 dogs up to the summit; however, it may be somewhat difficult for some dogs. There is a beautiful waterfall about halfway up that the pups can swim in and you have to cross to get to the other side. The view at the top was incredible! Very fun hike!

The summit is amazing! The pro of taking this route vs. the Stowe side is there are way fewer people. The first 3/4 is fairly easy. The last 1/4 is intense. The rock scrambles are steeper than the ones on White Rocks, Mt. Abe, and Worcester. They are doable, but for sure not easy.

hiking
21 days ago

Just took my 7th and 8th grade class on this hike a few days ago. It was great! In the amount of time we had, a little more than half made it to the top. For a lot of them it was a challenge in persistence, but the reward of making it was worth the tiredness the felt the next day. This was my 5th or so time on this trail and it is definitely a fun one with some great views.

The hike was long but well worth it....

Great trail- only my second hike and it wasn’t too bad difficulty-wise. Definitely more scrambly near the summit but well worth it and quite fun! Was a bit wet but not too buggy. Unfortunately fog blocked our views but I’ll definitely be back for more!

hiking
1 month ago

Quiet respite amongst tall trees and fern filled ground cover. Paths well marked and maintained. Lack of sunlight allows mushrooms to florish.

Beautiful trail! Like everyone else mentioned, starts off easy peasy with most of the elevation gained during the last bit which can be a bit challenging. We were blessed with clear blue skies and a gorgeous day to complete this hike up Killington. Highly recommend.

this was my favorite hike all year. the top reminded me of the Himalayas a little bit.

Awesome trail with amazing views at the top. Steep trail but well worth it. We were the only hikers at the summit

Fun and challenging trail. Great views to reward some scrambling. Good distance, won’t take you all day!

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing this trail; however, we ended up parking in the “picnic area” and starting on th3 keewaydin trail. There are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At the outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike with the dog.

My gps clocked it at 2 miles each way. Good little hike, lots of off leash dogs. Took about 2 hours with my pup.

No breaks in the ascending, very rocky. The view at the top is worth the efforts. Loved it!

I would echo everything Josh S and Emily Gilson wrote. A very beautiful and picturesque hike throughout. Make sure you bring a jacket, plenty of water and bug spray (if you are an insect meal like me). We made it up and down in around 4 hours. I don’t recommend this for small children or dogs with short legs.

The view, as they say, is definitely worth the climb.

Quick Intensive hike,

If you park at the White Rocks Recreational picnic area parking like previous reviewers suggested you start on the Keewaydin trail for a bit before hitting the White Rocks trail. There is a sign that shows it going up to the left (shares with the Long Trail). Then when you get to the White Rocks area the lookout is another .3 miles (blue trail down to the right). All together the trail ended up being a 5 mile hike, it was quite a climb too. I'm fairly new to hiking but over last 3 months I've hiked probably 15 hikes around this area with ratings of easy, moderate, and 2 hards. This trail is rated as moderate but I would rate it as moderate-hard. View was great from lookout and hike was a great workout.

Really nice hike! Some fairly steep sections but they're short. Lots of frogs, snakes, and mushrooms!

This is not for the faint of heart or couch potato. The views at the summit are worth it. With kids under 10 I suggest bringing many snacks and taking your time.

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