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

snowshoeing
1 month ago

short hike with beautiful views. one of my favorite local hikes. top pick when driving back to the area from boston. can make the hike longer by hiking north or south on the AT. great pub at the bottom to end the hike. very deep snow today. track was broken up to deer overlook. had to break trail along the AT and it was difficult because very little use over the winter

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!

super fun! beautiful views & awesome scenery on the way up. we went while it was lightly snowing & 30 degrees, so it was a tad icy. we took our dog and he loved it! can’t wait to hike it in the spring or summer!

Lovely short hike. Beautiful place to get engaged!!! :)

Love it! Great for all experience levels!

mountain biking
6 months ago

Love it! Great for all experience levels!

hiking
6 months ago

real nice short hike.

Fun hike, well marked and the peak was beautiful,

A nice hike and at the top is was beautiful. I definitely wouldn't call this a hard hike compared to other hikes marked hard. I would give it a moderate. But all in all it was a good hike!

This was a nice hike through the woods with a few open areas as you crossed the ski trails. There was nice views from the summit but there’s construction going on up there. I would rate this as moderate and not hard, but overall it was a good hike.

Most of the trail is pretty easy as far as hiking mountains go. It does get steep in one section near the top. It also gets confusing as the trail isn't well marked in spots near the top. The best view I found was at the top of the lift.

Very technical but super fun!

First, let me say that while difficulty is certainly an individual evaluation, based on factors such as fitness level, and strength, this trail does not fit the hard profile in terms of comparison to other trails with hard rating I have followed. I would instead place it solidly in the middle of moderate, with just a few spots deserving a rating at the high end of the moderate spectrum. That being said, here is a review from my perspective.

It was a perfect day for the hike, with mostly clear skies, and forecast high of 70 degrees. I arrived at the parking area around 10am and found plenty of room to park.

The trail kicks off with a bit of moderate steepness, but once that is out of the way, there is a long stretch of gradual ascent that is for the most part easy to follow. Stick to the obvious trail marked by light blue paint marks on the trees until you reach the first ski slope.

Once there you can either head directly up the slope to the summit, a fairly steep and exposed hike, or you can a hook a hard left as you come out of the trees, and move just 50 yards or so up the slope to another left that puts you back on the trail through the woods, following the path to Pico Camp.

Stick the well worn, but narrow trail, until you see the cabin on your right. At that point, turn hard right, passing in front of the entrance door to the cabin, and you will see a sign indicating an additional .4 of a mile to the summit.

This was the steepest part of the whole hike. Continue following the light blue trail marks. You will exit the trees at one point on a service road. The trail continues immediately across that road for the final approach to the summit.

You will be rewarded with some nice views at the summit, although its somewhat crowded with ski lifts and communications equipment, but that is to be expected on any of the ski mountains. Fortunately, the ski lift does not run during the off season, so the summit is generally not as busy as Killington, although at around 200' shorter, the view isn't quite as nice either. Still way worth the effort though!

Watch you step on the way down, as many of the rocks and roots are quite slippery, and be certain to look up at Dear Leap (the cliff face in front of you as you exit the trail into the parking lot). You may spot some more daring types trad climbing their way up to the top!

Great work out and nice walk in the fern filled woods on the long trail before getting on the loop.

Great hike! Took the dogs with me and they loved it! I don't think this was a hard hike, matter a fact pretty easy. Recommend it for anyone! Great views!

Great short hike to do behind the Inn at Long Trail. Easy to do this as an out-and-back to the overlook, or you can walk part of the AT and make it a longer loop trail. Trail is really well marked. Parking is across the street from the trail head. Be careful crossing Rt. 4!

For a short trail this was really gnarly and provided many a splendid view. There are spots on the trail have stairs and wooden planks to walk on but there are also spots with you are walking on nothing but uneven rocks and other spots where you are on nothing but tree roots. I loved this short hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Quick easy hike. When you go to the parking area trail head is to the right of the registry area. Fees are 4$ per person for a day pass. Yellow blazes well marked.

Great view, easy hike. Kid friendly and well marked

Nice hike. Worth the views.

Easy after dinner walk around the campsite. Intersects with AT if you'd like to extend the hike a bit.

This is not an easy trail for those who are older and in ok shape. Beautiful!

Great hike, we took kids and dog!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike with great views.

hiking
10 months ago

This is one of my favorite quick hikes around Rutland. Great views for not too much work.

Hiked this short loop on a Friday as a warm up for the weekend. It starts out pretty steep but levels off. The overlook is worth the hike. Great hike if you are staying at Gifford woods state park

Solid hike. Pretty mellow until you hit the ski trails, then the steeps begin. Final half mile is seriously steep; hands necessary up and down. Cool views. Easier summit than Equinox.

The pleasant view from the peak was negated by the hordes of people on the trail...some of whom were smoking weed and blasting a boom box while hiking...numerous people talking on their cell phones as well. Did meet some nice folks on the peak to enjoy the sunny day with though

This trail is 17+ miles. Well marked and pretty dry till you pass the Lookout.

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