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.

Hiked it in rainy conditions but still not that difficult while also not the best negotiating without good boots. View from the top is well worth it and lots of little fun changes of scenery and natural environment. Go Birds.

Hiked this trail a few days ago and there was a LOT of mud but we kept going to the summit. My husband and I have been doing mainly moderate rated hikes during the few months we have been in VT so wanted to try our hand at a Hard rated hike. Some of the moderate hikes we have done were more difficult than this one (Mt.Ascutney for example) but with that said, the last half mile or so to the summit and back down was hard. If you were to go only to the point where there is an open area and you run into the service road for the first time (maybe 2 mile mark) and no further, I would rate this as a true moderate hike. And there is a lovely view at that point. This is also where we could not figure out the next part of the trail ( the blue blaze is to your left on a lone tree in the middle of an open batch) and wasted time going up the service road. Once we got back on track, we entered a lovely forest setting which felt ancient and a bit creepy and that led us to the cabin where we met a young gal into mile 100 of her LT journey. That is where the path goes up to the summit and you hit the service road a few more times before the true summit. In my opinion, the view at the first open area is equally as good but if you are like me and just wanna finish what you started, you will get a good workout that last push. The overall experience-muddy conditions, length of trail, moderate with hard section-resulted in a great hike. I will also add that my husband has lung issues and knee issues but did this hike. But he also had hiking poles, proper footwear and clothing. We saw several folks who had regular footwear turn around because of the mud and because they had no idea what was up ahead. Just keep in mind that this is a ski mountain. You might hear construction on the way up and there will be ski lift equipment at the top. But none of this interferes with the overall experience in my mind. I even enjoyed the mud-especially going down when I no longer cared about getting dirty!

Love this app and this place there was a coyote

The trail is muddy, but worth it!

Great hike...trail was nice and dry! Couldn't imagine doing this when it's wet!
Parked at Pico, hiked up to the top, then took this trail back to Trailhead at Inn at Long Trail...walked back to Pico...7.3 miles.
Hiked with my ski poles, highly recommended!

this will always be a favorite of mine. it's a good hike. not too long, not too short. the views are awesome at the top.

A little more strenuous than moderate in some sections. The overlook is beautiful....worth the extra .4 miles.

Crossed paths with many people on the way up and down, covering all skills and fitness levels. The reward is the view and an appreciation for a beautiful part of the planet - and so accessible. I rarely hike with a walking stick but chose to on this day - the best decision! I was ever so grateful for the walking stick in the wet conditions on the way down.

Short nature walk with a lot of streams. Good for kids. 60-90 minutes. A quick hop to Kent pond.

Wow!! This trails gives “a lot of bang for your buck!” It’s the right amount of workout when you need a quick hike!! The view from the overlook is awesome!!

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.

Excellent Family trail. Amazing views!

Nice hike. Steep in a few places but never too bad. Overlook rock had a nice vista.

Nice family hike with great views!

Lovely hike, terrific view.

Great view at lookout and like others have said, it’s a cardio workout on the way up till it levels out. We enjoyed it.

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!

Would have been 4 stars but for the traffic noise at the beginning/end.
Once you get away from the road after 600 yards or so it is a peaceful and beautiful walk.
First 600-800 yards are the steepest - a bit of a cardio workout - then it levels out until you get to the overlook rock.
Views from there are very good.

Le sentier en lui même était très beau, et très bien indiqué. Cependant, la piste suit l'autoroute alors il y a le bruit une partie de la montée ce qui est un peu pénible étant donné qu'on sors pour être au grand air loin de la civilisation. Ensuite la vue n'est pas terrible car il y a l'autoroute (et le bruit qui va avec) et un village de ski énorme qui gâche vraiment le paysage d'un côté de la vue, l'autre côté est très beau. C'est une belle promenade si on habite à côté et qu'on le fait le dimanche mais pas pour visiter et venir juste pour cette randonnées

The trail itself is nice, well indicated, and the forest is beautiful. But the view was disappointing, with a ski village and the highway in the middle (that you could hear). If you just want to take a walk into the forest, and you’re around, it’s ok. But in my opinion it’s not worth coming just for it, or to take landscape picture.

Peaceful, well maintained trails with abundant blazes and an incredible overlook!

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.

5/5/18: Beautiful trail with varied terrain. A great hike in killington.

snowshoeing
7 months 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!

hiking
10 months ago

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
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Love it! Great for all experience levels!

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

real nice short hike.

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