dogs on leash
Great hike! Started a little after noon, with temps in the 40s on the ground, but quickly removed layers as we climbed. The trail is very well marked, but there are some spots where you can see what looks like previous years' blazes going in another direction. Blazes are relatively close together, so very easy navigation. We printed out a trail map but didn't use it at all. The trail is pretty rocky and root-covered, which can be a bit challenging with downed leaves and pine needles. This is also a very wet route. You cross multiple streams, a waterfall, and places where rocks have been placed to focus the water so it doesn't erode the trail. There are some places where there are very sheer drops off the left side of the trail, including one where you're walking on a large, smooth stone embedded in the earth (wouldn't recommend in wet/icy conditions). We spent about 3 hours going up (lots of stops for removing/adding layers, water, and taking in the views) but made it down in about 1.5 hours. Great hike overall - highly recommend.
Sarah A. on Weathersfield Trail to Mount Ascutney
This hike rapidly became a favorite hike of mine. The forest shows the hiker many different facets of its personality, quiet mossy pine forest, rivers and waterfalls, elevations, views, trails so gorgeous it takes your breath away.
Plan to repeat this hike many times!
Ohhhhhhh Myyyyyyyyy God is really all I can say ------ a real butt kicker....I made it to the Summit simply because I was stubborn enough to keep going. I definitely feel my age on this one.....worth it when you climb the scenic tower yet I WILL NEVER WANT TO DO IT AGAIN>>>>>
My standard Goldendoodle and I did this hike on Columbus Day 2016. Beautiful and well marked trail with some little climbs. Had to hoist my dog up a few of them, but other than that it was manageable. We did the round trip in about 3 hours with a 5 min stop at Gus' Overlook and 15 minute lunch at the Summit and tower. Great fall hike with incredible views and foliage! Highly recommend!
Quiet, challenging hike up Mt. Ascutney. Good resting points (Gerry Falls, Log Shelter) along the way. Relatively short trail to the top, but the trade-off is a steep climb. Make sure to stop at Castle Rock for great views before heading to the summit.
Parking lot is in good shape. There is plenty of overflow parking too.
There are plenty of scenic views too. Gus' lookout, the west summit, the observation tower, with "maps" of what mountains you are looking at, and the east summit. The water fall was great too.
It seems longer than 2.9 miles. And I am not just referring to the work to climb the mountain. The hike up and down with a short stop for a snack was 5.5 hours.
The trail is in well maintained. The terrain is typical; expect sections of exposed roots, loose rocks and gravel, stone stairs, a wood stair, slipper ledges and friendly hikers.