Explore the most popular trail running trails in Ascutney State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did the entire futures trail from beginning to end. Me and my partner are both pretty fit and this hike was tough for us. The payoff off at the summit was rather disappointing. Liked that is was a more natural trail and definitely had a few pretty sections. The view from Brownsville was actually better than the summit. Wouldn’t hike it again though.

hiking
9 days ago

Just got back from this hike - this is sort of an updated post to my previous post. I finally completed the entire trail this time! This is still one heck of a but kicker of a trail! If your like me, You will be questioning your life choices. Mostly you will question the choice to hike this trail instead of any of the easier trails on the mountain. My dog and I started at 5:45 and we got back just before 8:30 - we ran some of the way down the mountain. Amazing views at the top though - especially at Brownsville rock - which in all my times hiking this mountain had never been to for some reason. We were there just about sunset - it was amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike, started raining halfway through so can't say too much about the summit view but it was a great distance and elevation for a day hike challenge. There's a great spot a few miles from the base called the Path of Life Garden which is really breathtaking and I highly recommend taking time to see.

on Futures Trail

hiking
7 months ago

we did this a few yrs ago. yes it was hard. I had to stop while my husband went on. the trail was natural, which was great. my husband took some amazing photos. the view was awesome

hiking
8 months ago

I can only speak for the first three quarters of the hike as I didn't make it all the way (just simply ran out of time). I found myself very much unprepared for how steep this is even after hiking the weathersfield trail, bromley, stratton and killington over the past few months. Drink plenty of water before during and after as this is a good workout. And don't wear cotton (especially in winter)

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful water throughout and a nice variety of terrain. If you have any knee problems, this hike will be challenging. There is not much of a view at the summit but there is an observation deck. Beautiful view from there but it can get very crowded.

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail. It's a comfortable ascent with outstanding views from the tower. I prefer taking Slab up to the summit, and then taking the Brownsville trail down, stopping to see the vistas from Brownsville Rock and Castle Rock before cutting onto Slot.

hiking
9 months ago

I can't recommend this hike in the warm months. The first third of the hike is completely overgrown. The weeds are literally up to your armpits. If you do decide to take the hike, wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt.

Heavily populated with Deer ticks. Dress appropriately and wear bug repellent.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun hike that feels very rugged - unfortunately the summit is pretty lame and requires an observation tower

snowshoeing
Saturday, April 08, 2017

I Did this in the April with my dog when the temperature was in the 30s. The road to the first gate wasn't plowed yet so I had to park just off the road. The hike from the first gate to the second is kind of brutally steep (in my out of shape opinion). Things level off after the second gate a bit. As others have suggested I took the road to the right in which I found myself crossing a brook that was probably quite high from the melting snow. I'm 6 feet tall - Shorter legs might not have allowed me to cross this without wet feet. After following the trail for about a half mile or so the road trail seemed to split with no indication which way to the top. I chose the trail to the right which seemed to be correct based on the maps. I did however eventually lose the trail and found myself bush whacking to the top of the ridge. At this point I was sort of trying following the AllTrails map of other people's hikes. This was another very steep section. I found myself back on a trail (don't think it was the same one) That followed the ridge line to the top. The trail didn't appear to me to be well marked - I will have to go back when the snow melts completely and see if the trail is easier to follow. I did however get to the top. I was also glad to have my snowshoes as I was able to follow my own tracks back.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

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>>>>>

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Tough but enjoyable. Not a lot of sight seeing on the way up, but an excellent workout.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Challenging but worth it!

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Good trail. Well marked. A butt kicker for the over 50 crowd.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pretty hard hike. Make sure you check out the west peak view. It's amazing compared to the summit view.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Sure wish I knew my right from left! My daughter and I headed out to find the lost mtn known as Little Ascutney. She and some friends had attempted unsuccessfully to summit the south facing peak. So after headind through the second gate we stayed left instead of right as Eric had suggested. This brought us out to the wetlands ad then we went into the fields and looked up and chose the highest peak we could see and head for it. Well, after climbing to about 100' from the summit of Pierson Peak we could see across the valley to a higher peak, which thanks to Apple and her compass we could tell was Little Ascutney. We head down Pierson and try to bushwack up Little A but found it to thick so circled back to the wetland and the field wehere we first spotted Pierson Peak. Determined to find the damn Little A we pushed on through the fields, around the wetland and followed a combination of old logging roads, creek beds, and open sky above us to finally reach the peak of the little devil! Beautiful views from a couple spots. We decide to work our way northwest along the ridge line and find a, wait for it.....TRAIL! Low and behold a 40 minute easy hike down and we come out where had we taken a RIGHT we would have been to the top in an hour instead of the 3 it took us! It was a fun adventure for father and daughter before she heads off to college though.

Steve E.

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hiked the Brownsville trail good hike steep in spots. You go by a old granite corey on the way up. Great view from the top of the fire tower just have to ignore the ugly radio towers.

hiking
Thursday, May 14, 2015

This is my favorite trail up Ascutney Mt, primarily because it has water for my dogs most of the way, offers some nice lookouts and wildflower patches. It's also probably the steepest trail, hence the "Difficult" rating. But it's a quick hike for those in shape. This is the trail to see the old Stone Lean-to, which I hope to sleep in some night.
Lookouts from Brownsville Rock and the fire tower are spectacular unless it's cloudy.
Dogs under voice control or on-leash are fine.
Bring water and be prepared for it being a lot cooler at the top than the bottom. Bring little kids only unless you're prepared to carry them much of the way.

camping
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Decent little campground but nowhere near the Brownsville trail lol; actually the Futures trail starts inside the park but thats the longest way to the summit and parallels the auto road. The Windsor and Brownsville trails are few miles down the road.

hiking
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nice view from just off the main summit but prepare to encounter tourists galore as the path leads to the top of the auto road from the state park. I usually ascend on the Windsor and walk down it from the summit a ways but the trail itself is only a mile or less.

hiking
Saturday, October 18, 2014

This is a wilderness management area containing the Little Ascutney (1700') and Pierson (1500') peaks. Parking is near the first gate in Winter, and at the turn-around by the second gate during the warm months. The access road is very nice and even allowed my lowered car to be driven to the second gate. Passing the second gate, bear right onto the less beaten path which after a couple miles will bring you atop the south facing ridge of Little Ascutney. If you continue straight after the second gate, you'll find yourself in a small web of snowmobile trails, one of which led to a small but picturesque wetland, however the majority encircles a large field great for bird watching. None of these other snowmobile trails appeared to lead towards the Pierson summit, which I assume can only be attained by bush whacking.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Nice drive up the auto road for a great view. There's a short spur trail great for kids from the parking lot to the actual summit, only takes a few minutes. The summit has one of the nicest viewing platforms in the area complete with placards showing the viewer which peaks they are seeing in any given direction. The West lookout and hang glider launch offers a nice smooth spot to eat lunch and take in views.

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014

This is my favorite trail on Ascutney. The weekend traffic is far less than on the other trails, the trail itself is more enjoyable than the others, just seems to be a quicker route to the summit.

hiking
Friday, August 29, 2014

good flat level spot to eat your lunch at with a nice view.

hiking
Friday, August 29, 2014

Challenging loop trail that encompasses most of the mountain as it winds its way around the dome. Very scenic but prepare for a long day on what is in my opinion, the steepest three thousand footer in the area. very reasonable lookout tower at the summit offers exceptional 360 views.

hiking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Awesome hike did Brownsville trail alot if good look out points and steep inclines and neat observation tower at top. Took about 2.5 hours up and hour 1.5 down

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2012

A perfect trail for a half day hike. There were some beautiful sights along the way. There were quite a few people out on the trail and we didn't find ourselves alone very often. Many trails meet at the top where there is an observation tower. Not quite the quiet rock face summit we had hoped for and not really a great spot to stop, have lunch, and take in the sights.

hiking
1 day ago

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