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This was an easy hike - there were only a couple of spots that might be considered steep. It was raining on our hike so the rocks were slippery. The pond looked clear, and we saw a couple of loons.

hiking
8 days ago

Moderate elevation. Good distance. Gr8 view.

A pleasant trail with wild berries and a brook. For a more “moderate” experience, be sure to climb the hill to the upper trails (see my photos of the “Afternoon Delight” and “Sundown” trails up there).

Really enjoyed this trail. Mostly really easy, great for families and dogs.

on Snake Mountain

hiking
17 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
17 days ago

Easy hike, wonderful views!!

A nice nature walk with the added nicety of reading some of Frost's greatest poems in a pretty setting.

Fun and easy hike with great views at the top. I did this in combination with Killington Peak for my NEHH, the trail to Pico is fairy direct but doesn’t gain a lot of elevation, so it’s quite easy, especially compared to hikes in the Whites. As with most trails in Vermont, it was pretty muddy for a couple sections, especially with the recent rains. After the switchbacks you pass a cool cabin with a couple of bunks, as well as lots of thru hikers names carved in the walls. From there the trail climbs quite steeply to the peak, but with no technical sections at all. The summit has great views of Killington and the Southern Green Mountains. If you want to continue on to Killington like I did, it’s just a few easy miles on the Long Trail with virtually no elevation gain until you reach Killington Spur. The peak is spectacular and definitely worth visiting if you want something longer.

hiking
28 days ago

Wonderful nature walk with added bonus of Robert Frost poems. Take as much time as you need to read the poems and reflect on them. Benches available by some poems. Well marked and maintained trail. Would do this again.

We hiked this trail yesterday with our pup. It’s a beautiful trail with views of Silver Lake and the Falls of Lana. It took our group of 4 (plus pup) 3 hours to complete. We did stop at the small beach near the picnic area of Silver Lake to let the pup swim and chase tadpoles. The trail is accurately rated as moderate, as there is a lengthy incline at the beginning to get to the falls and there are parts around the lake where you have to navigate up and around large rocks, boulders, and fallen trees. Don’t let that discourage you! It was great to have a trail that varied in terrain and the trees provided a welcome shelter from the sun. We highly suggest it!

love this spot!! great if you want to hang out for a bit or bit the falls for a swim after your hike!

A very nice walk around a mountain lake. The trail is easy to follow. Most of it is a wide dirt path except the right side of the lake which is narrow and has rocks and roots to navigate.

walking
1 month ago

Good for small kids and for a late walk. This can get very crowded from our experience! The view is very cool, and the trail is relatively covered throughout the entire hike.

trail running
1 month ago

Great western view from the top. The east side of the loop is not marked and without a GPS we would have gotten lost. The trail map need updating.

hiking
1 month ago

I live five minutes from the base and hike this mountain weekly, either by myself or with family. I never tire of it. It’s a great hike but getting more crowded. (Note: if you don’t like encountering off-leash dogs avoid this trail, I’ve never seen a dog ON a leash, lol!)

A quick walk from parking area to trail head, and about 10 or so minutes to a culvert, travel a little bit farther, then when the trail comes to a T go LEFT.

Amazing views from the top. Some wet spots even if weather is dry. Some rocky sections but nothing too treacherous. Fun for kids and adults. About 45-50 minutes to the top. I think it’s a great hike with a good mix of terrain and a great reward at the summit.

*The much less traveled ‘falcon trail’ is off limits till August 1st, as a preservation during nesting. This trail is slightly shorter and more steep but by far my favorite. If you can wait till August it’s worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Made the mistake of hiking this trail with just a memory of the trail map - a simple loop, right? An easy, straightforward walk up the broad West and Summit Trails to the hotel foundation overlook.The track is 10 feet wide and clear of vegetation, and I inwardly laughed at some of the comments I'd read on this site about the lack of markers and people getting lost! At the summit, I loved the views west to the Adirondacks. Pity there's no plaque explaining the history of hotel and identifying the peaks and features seen to the west. I decided to descend via the loop along the obviously less traveled but clearly defined trail. No signs or markers, but occasional tracks of 4-wheel vehicle - that's how wide the trail is. It descends steeply but ends at a small pond surrounded by wetland vegetation and thick brush - with no sign of the trail exiting the far side! The pond being deep, I decided to bushwack round the right (west) side of the pond, cutting left in hopes of discovering the trail again. Instead, I came upon a well-worn single track running SW along a wooded ridge to where it overlooks a much larger pond. Looking down, I couldn't see any trails along the pond, and my trail doubled back NW away from the pond. After a while it seemed to be leading back towards that first, smaller pond. so I reversed back to the 2nd pond and descended the bluff to the right, W, side of the pond. (A better memory - or a trail map! - would have led me to the left, E, side of the pond!) Then I bushwacked South, hoping to intersect the Pond Single Track/Fast Trail. Instead, I eventually hit the Summit Trail!
A bit of an adventure, and a lesson to always bring a trail map to a new area! However, the lack of any trail markers, particularly along the Ridge Trail and Pond Single Track was a surprise on such a well-visited and "family-safe" hill. On the way back down the Summit Trail I advised several ascending parties enjoying their late afternoon stroll to the top to descend by this same trail and not try the Pond Single Track loop.

hiking
1 month ago

It is a moderate trail through beautiful terrain. It was well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Oh my god the view is so awesome!!

hiking
2 months ago

This was such a fun and great hike. The woods are enchanting. I loved the big boulders, blue lichen and falls!

It was a good little hike. Trail was easy to navigate albeit still a little muddy in some spots. Little buggy but not bad and to be expected. Took about 35 minutes to get up, less than 20 going down.

I completed this hike in the first week of June, starting at the Appalachian/Long Trailhead located on Hwy 4 rather than at the Shelburne Pass Trailhead. Although the hike ascent is a bit longer than the Shelburne trail, I believe it is much easier, gentle swaybacks with a beautiful path along the Long trail through mixed forest. Starting early will give you a great head start to the day arriving at PICO peak around 10:30 -11:00 at a steady 30 min/mile pace. Once you arrive at Jungle Junction simply follow the old AT trail to the service road and take the road up until you see blue flash for the 0.7 mile climb to the summit. The views from the top are a nice 360 vantage-- although the towers and ski equipment take away from the overall experience. Be careful of the porcupines-- they are having a problem with overpopulation on the summit. Make sure you leash your dogs otherwise your hiking trip might turn into a nightmare if your pooch decides to tangle with one. have fun!

Great hike... really buggy during May

Quick one mile loop with varied scenery and enjoyable stops to read poetry along the way.

Challenging hike on a wet day, but well worth it. Hope to do it again but in nicer weather.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was pretty muddy and buggy, but the beautiful view at the top was worth it! Pretty steady incline up all the way, but a short hike

Nice moderate hike, up to the top. We had lots of ice and were glad we brought poles to help support.
We took the ski runs down, which led to a 0.4mile walk to our car, but it would have been too dangerous going back down the trail with that slick ice.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous winter hike! I went with a local friend who hikes this trail frequently. The trail was still very well marked aside from the very top .5 mile where it crosses some ski runs. I would say it is mostly of moderate difficulty, with only the top section being "hard". As always in winter be prepared with plenty of layers, it got quite warm in the forest on this sunny March day but at the summit we needed our heavy coats. We needed poles and wore Yak Tracks or similar traction devices the entire hike, switching to actual spikes/crampons once at the cabin as from then on the trail is solid ice.

Watch out for stray skiers and have fun!

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