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Lots of snow but the trail is nicely packed down! I used microspikes the whole way which worked perfectly. My pup did fine the whole way too...

What a beautiful hike! The trails are fairly slick with ice covering the base of the trail. Spikes are a must to travel safely. Trail is very dog friendly as we passed many individuals with dogs! Took 2 hours to reach mt. Abe peak and 15 minutes to hit Lincoln.

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18 days ago

I don’t know what this trail is like in warmer months, but you will definitely need ice cleats to hike here on new year eve (12/31/18). I brought my golden retriever with me and she did it without any problem (she quickly learned about the ice and she would get around it). Met the black mountain dog and one of the golden retrievers - I heard they live near the trail and hike with people daily for fun. To be honest, the trail should be rated as hard given the steepness. The half upper portion definitely feels like good cardio exercise. I had to take breaks in between and my heart was beating fast.

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18 days ago

This is a great short hike to do while visiting Stowe - beautiful and varied forest along the trail, enough gain to get your heart pumping, and great views of Mansfield and Camel's Hump from the top. I tried it, unprepared for the ice, with a friend on 12/30/18 and we turned back about 3/4 miles in. Went back alone with microspikes and poles on New Years Eve day and made the top easily. Going up I met people on their way down, but I broke out onto a vacant summit and had about 15 minutes to myself up there before heading back down. I've done the hike many times in all seasons, but this was the iciest I've experienced...

Hiked this yesterday (December 30). Parking is in front of someone’s home as the trail parking isn’t plowed in the winter so it adds 0.4 miles each way (total 0.8 miles) walking to the trailhead. Overall beautiful hike. We only saw 2 other people on our way up. The trail is easy to follow, just follow the blue markings on the trees. The trail itself is apparently a little rough in the winter. It didn’t seem like too many others had gone up to really pack in the snow so we were falling through the snow quite a bit. It feels like you’re adventuring through the woods at times and doesn’t feel like you’re following a path. Definitely need micro spikes for this one. Snowshoes may be helpful too. Give yourself 3-4 hours to complete in the winter at a comfortable slower pace. The bottom half of the trail is a pretty small incline and flat at points. The second half is more steep, getting steeper the closer you get to the summit. The views at the top were incredible and absolutely worth it. Will definitely be hiking this one again.

Hiked up dec 29 2018. Trail was good and packed , didn’t need snow shoes . make sure you have some spikes . Some places had lots of ice.

Great hike. !!!! . First time hiking in Vermont from. Canada .

Wonderful morning winterland hike with microspikes and the two ambassador dogs with bells. What a gift they were!

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29 days ago

Wet and muddy conditions for the first half of the way up, but then it becomes packed snow. Microspikes recommended. Beautiful views at the top.

Awesome trail. My wife and me had a wonderful time and encountered two beautiful dogs along the way

12/13/18 - Honestly not a difficult hike at all. The hardest part was the fact that I didn’t have spikes on while going through the packed snow. Any person who is at least somewhat active can complete this hike with ease (as long as they don’t forget their traction like me! Ha!) I’m a pretty fast hiker but even without spikes I did the whole loop to Camel’s hump and back in 2 and a half hours with about 25-30 minutes at the top when I met another person and chatted with him a bit while we shared the view. Very windy though only lasted about 5 minutes at the summit and spent the other 20 minutes just below where we were protected from the wind. I would rate this trail as easy to moderate depending on your baseline fitness level. I’m pretty active so for me it was easy but for those who aren’t very active it’s probably moderate with some slightly challenging spots at the top. It’s a steady incline the whole way up and gets slightly steeper the last mile or so. Views were worth it for sure.

So beautiful today in the snowy sunshine. Easy trail with spectacular views.

Nice trails, some rocky, some easy. All around good hike to peak with amazing views

beautiful day for a hike. Definitely need yak tracks. the view at the top was spectacular today!!

We hiked up today (nov 12). It was a nice thin snow cover but very icy towards the top. Pretty low elevation gain and not too difficult besides the ice. The view on the top of the fire tower was beautiful and panoramic. I would recommend crampons and or sticks if you are going later in the winter but we made out just fine in backpacking boots in early nov. perfect for a quick day hike

Awesone view :)

2 months ago

I Hiked 11-7 it was raining in the early am. Then it turned beautiful. It was Diwali and my wife put Tilak on my far head to help guide my way. I went the easy way and followed the Burrows Trail. A little challenging at the very top. But this is very doable. Fantastic view. Saw like further then I could believe. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

I went Monday 11-5 Lots of ice. Then when I got to the white rock trail it was a ton of snow Many of the markings are on the rocks So I could not see them but it seemed pretty obvious as to where you need to go. Very windy at the top but a fantastic view. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

Absolutely beautiful hike, it can get intense at some points closer to the pinnacle but it’s worth every bit. Best time to go is the first week of October.

Loved this trail! Views from the top (and middle) are beautiful and worth the semi-challenging trail. Additional fun: Two local golden retrievers with bells and tags met us at the bottom and took us all the way to the top, no owners. We learned from some locals on the trail that these amazing pups have been on that trail for years and are sweet and brave, which we found out!

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2 months ago

Perfect day. The stream was rushing wild. Needed more time to explore the lower falls. Foliage was past peak but still spectacular!

Beautiful sites at the top. Definitely a challenging incline. Could be done in a few hours. Overall very fun.

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2 months ago

Great hike with an amazing view. Very popular so the top may be hard to find privacy.

Absolutely beautiful views. The trail did get challenging about halfway up as we reached the pine forest area. It was rather slippery with ice and snow in the 34 degree weather, and the wind was very strong on the summit. Would do it again in a heartbeat though, wish it wasn’t so cold and could have enjoyed the view a little longer.

Really nice!!

Great short hike, it is not "easy" if you are just looking to wander in the woods on a semi flat path. There is some elevation gain and there is a steep push at the top to get to the window. It was perfect for someone who is just looking for a quick hike that has a little bit of a work out.

Excellent hike and view!!

Awesome

Really nice day hike. The bottom half is fairly gradual through some beautiful forests, then the second half gets more rocky, steep and technical. Nothing seriously dangerous, but it makes for great views and some fun scrambling. I took the dog, and she made it up just fine without much help, but older dogs may have trouble.

Trail has been relocated near the top (after the upper Jenny/Ratllesnake intersection), adding 1/3 mile in each direction, winding up towards the Oak Ridge trail then back to the cliff overlook. New section is fairly steep, and was a bit slippery when I visited. Still, a great payoff at the end with amazing views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, the Moosalamoo woods, and the Champlain Valley.

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