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Best trails in CC Putnam State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in CC Putnam State Forest, Vermont? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in CC Putnam State Forest ranging from 3.7 to 11.4 miles and from 1,112 to 3,625 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Stowe Pinnacle Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
NOTE: As of May 2020, parking lot and trailhead are closed for mud season. Please check the park website for more information. Show more
#2 - Mount Hunger via Waterbury Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
#3 - Stowe Pinnacle via Pinnacle Meadow Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Note: This trail closes during mud season. For updated information on Vermont's Mud Season Closures, please see https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/trail-maps-and-guides The Pinnacle Meadow Trail starts at the Pinnacle Meadows parking area and connects with the Stowe Pinnacle Trail leading up to Stowe Pinnacle.Show more
#4 - Mount Hunger and White Rock via Middlesex Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
#5 - Mount Worcester
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
#6 - Middlesex Trail to White Rock Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#7 - Mount Hunger via Middlesex Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
Note: The last section of the trail is difficult and requires scrambling.Show more
#8 - Stowe Pinnacle and Hogback Mountain
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
Note: This trail periodically closes during mud season. To check the current status of the trail, please see https://vtstateparks.com/hiking.htmlShow more
#9 - Mount Worcester via Skyline Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 7 h 14 m
This 11.5 mile round trip offers up stunning views, solitude and 6000' of elevation gain, though interestingly, the summit in question is about 300' lower in elevation than one of the trail junctions. Start from the Pinnacle Meadow parking lot. After picking up 1,000 feet in a mile heading over Hogback to the Skyline trail junction - the highest point of the trip at 3573' - the trail morphs into slightly disturbed ground cover. Painted trilliums and other plants are growing in the middle of this non-compacted trail surface. Exposed leaf litter and duff are the only indications of where the trail goes apart from blue blazes. The southern half of the Skyline Trail has its share of rocky changes in elevation, but the admittedly smoother path of this northern half packs a bit more punch. On to the moose element: scat and footprints lined the trail solidly between Worcester and the middle peak. The trail is often wet in places and though the ridge line is not a wetland, it is pretty soft in many places off trail. Clambering up the false summit offers a decent view of the surrounding topography to the southwest including West Hill, which Google Earth mistakenly throws in the path of the trail. (it is actually the little bump to the southeast of the middle peak). You will find yourself on the summit in 20 minutes.Show more
#10 - Stowe Pinnacle to Hunger via Skyline Trail
CC Putnam State Forest
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 4 h 35 m
This trail can also be done as an out-and-back! Show more
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