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15 days ago

Was looking for a hike for me and my dog as the family was skiing Mt. Snow. This is about a 20 minute drive from Mt. Snow and it has off road parking and allows dogs. Both big pluses. I would say it's a moderate hike in the winter as there is a mixture of snow/ice. Make sure to bring your spikes and/or hiking poles. It was a beautiful/peaceful hike. The trek up definitely raised my heart rate. There is a fire tower at the top and the folks up top said it had great views but unfortunately my dog wasn't up for the climb. Otherwise, the views were okay since the foliage was off the trees but nothing spectacular. The loop took about 1 1/2 hours.

hiking
16 days ago

Killer view from the top of the fire tower. We entered the trail behind Vermont Distillers Inc for a moderately inclined hike that could be completed by anyone in decent shape. The hike up probably took 35 minutes. Absolutely worth the trip.

hiking
18 days ago

Very nice path, the top is definitely worth the long hike. We were walking slowly so it took us about 1h30 to reach the top. Very nice view not crowded. We did it in the winter and it is very nice.

hiking
20 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.

hiking
20 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...

The ground was frozen but exposed for the first 2.5 miles of the trail, then turned to about 6 inches of hard crust. My wife used crampons for the top section and I used snowshoes. Traction devices are a must for the final push to the summit! The snow crust became thicker near the top, but didn't seem to get deeper than 12 to 18 inches. Took us about 5 hours with our dog. Thanks to the couple we met returning from lunch at the resort's summit lodge, who took our photo. Beautiful hike on a clear day for the views. We can't wait to return in the summer!

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!

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

Great half day hike. This recorded trip doesn’t completely match the way the trail blazes lead. Lots of snow and ice on the trail. Did this on 12/8

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

11/17/18 definitely challenging with lots of snow!!! Finished in about 5 & half hours... Grateful for Coopers lodge to “warm up”

hiking
2 months ago

What a fun trail to hike in the snow and ice-wear your micro spikes! The summit is amazing and getting to slide down in some spots was a blast!!

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

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.

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!

So pretty in the fall! Great view at the top. Great hike for kids (7, 5, 5, 5, 3).

hiking
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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

October 25 18 - some snow on the trail which made it a little slippery but doable. Our first time on the trail and it was very well marked with blue paint. Highly recommend driving past the "Trout club private property" signs until the end of the road. There is a public parking lot for the hiking trail.

As most have pointed out, this hike is very easy for the first 1 1/2 mile. It definitely gets tougher though! The last half mile (as of 10/19) was very icy. It made for a do-able, but challenging ascent to the top. Make sure to dress in layers, as the top of the mountain is significantly colder and has high winds. With all that said...the view is worth it!

2 months ago

A friend and I went on this hike hoping to see pretty foliage but realizing we were a little too late and most leaves were on the ground. She is a more avid hiker than I am, I typically stick to more moderate trails. Looking at the reviews people said it was pretty decent until the very top so I thought I’d go for it. Needless to say this trail kicked my butt, and hers too, but I struggled the most. The last quarter-mile is intense like people say especially now as it’s covered with ice. But even the mile before that is pretty much straight up with lots of rocks, mud and fallen leaves, even some patches of ice. So I think we hit the trail really the latest time in the season before it gets kinda dangerous. You definitely need micro spikes to get up that last quarter mile with all the ice. But overall it was an adventure is hike and Cooper’s lodge with a nice place to stop and rest and even a great place to spend the night if hiking the Appalachian trail.

Great hike, the last 200 yards I stopped, too steep for the shoes I had and did not want to take a chance on falling. But I will be back to get to the Summit.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Easy to follow the trail and markings. The view from the fire tower is spectacular but it was very windy and cold the day we went. Would definitely do this again.

Really nice!!

I went into this hike figuring that the top would be socked in with fog. I won't repeat what everyone else has described about the challenge of the trail. It is accurate. The final climb did have some ice though that added to the challenge. I hunkered down for a snack at the top behind a ledge. Just as I was starting my descent the fog lifted and I was able to get some really neat pictures. Totally worth the effort. My first 4,000 footer.

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