Explore the most popular birding trails in Green Mountain National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail has been relocated near the top (after the upper Jenny/Ratllesnake intersection), adding 1/3 mile in each direction, winding up towards the Oak Ridge trail then back to the cliff overlook. New section is fairly steep, and was a bit slippery when I visited. Still, a great payoff at the end with amazing views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, the Moosalamoo woods, and the Champlain Valley.

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5 days ago

Coming up from the parking lot the trail is wide and well maintained. It's a steep climb the first 1.5 miles but not hard. We started the loop headed west around the lake. Between mile 2 and 3, the trail gets pretty primitive. At times it's hard to find the trail and ended up hiking over very rocking terrain. I feel like this route doesn't get a lot of traffic. Once you round the far end of the lake the trail gets better. By mile 4 or so you are back on the wide maintian trail. We started hiking around 9:00 am and had the trails pretty much to ourselves most of the time. By 11:00 when we were headed back to the car we passed many hikers heading up. The parking lot was full when we got back to the car. All in all, it was a great hike and I would definitely do it again.

Nice trail for a day hike. the trail itself is actually slightly more than 5 miles.

hiking
6 days ago

This would have been a 5 star rating if there had been a few more open views of the lake. We took advice from previous reviews and did right side (over dam) first. First half of loop quite challenging underfoot. Completed in under 3 hours despite recent hip replacement.

8 days ago

Very nice trail. A little rocky definitely moderately rated. My wife and I are amateur hikers and it took us about 3 hours round trip. Totally worth the view though!

Great trail. Park near water tower and go along well maintained road. Stop at stream. Go to Prospect Rock.
You can extend hike by going on well marked AT or Long Trail.
On way back find a road on left and follow about 100 yards to incredible overlook of Lye Brook and Manchester.
Today was perfect color in October. Life is good.

Seems like a breeze, until you’re JUST about at the peak! Didn’t realize there was tram service up there until we redirected some not well-dressed tourists back to the tram as they started making their way down the steep rocky long trail in loafers and polos! Beautiful waterfall stop highly recommended to sit and listen to the white noise of nature.

Well-marked walking trail with some smaller elevation inclines; easy out and back.

Definitely a moderate difficulty, mainly open but some grown in areas. When you hit the firn gullies it'll remind you of Jurassic Park 2.

Challenging in certain areas, especially with dogs. Hiking boots are highly recommend. Due to the terrain, very rocky, mostly uphill ascent and downhill decent, and combination of water crossings, felt rating was slightly underrated. The falls are spectacular and worth the challenge

hiking
13 days ago

Pretty simple trail, steady incline nearly all the way up to the summit/lookout on consistent footing. Flattens out about an eighth of a mile before the summit, and if you’re looking for the sign it isn’t too hard to see (there’s also a second sign lower down on the same tree that says “LOOK UP ⬆️⬆️” but not sure how long that’s been there). Went on an overcast day of the first weekend of October, kind of bummed that the cloud cover limited the view but still got some nice pictures.

Fantastic hike! Made it in around 5.5 hours. We hiked this mountain in October and the view was incredible!

We completed this hike in beautiful weather earlier today. Everything that the others have written about the trail starting gently and then finishing with demanding scramble is ‘spot on’. The views from the top were however absolutely magnificent and rendered all of the hard work getting there, worthwhile. We would thoroughly recommend this walk.

Very nice! A perfect short trail ☺️

This hike takes you to a really beautiful waterfall. It is rocky and you cross a few streams along the way. All were crossable but one was mildly challenging. I recommend for a nice short hike to a great view.

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing views from the Fire tower!

hiking
18 days ago

Steep and rocky, muddy at points. Heard a bigger animal and saw trees moving in the same area on the way up and back, hightailed it for a bit after that. Great hike overall.

Great hike, beautiful views along the way and at the top. Only took us 2.5 hours. Perfect views for fall foliage.

moderate strain but a nice couple of hours

Was a lot of fun. View was incredible.

Did this trail last weekend 9/22 it was first day of fall and definitely felt like it with rain and stiff wind at the top sitting at emily proctor shelter. GPS tracked it at 6.9 miles up and back with the first 2.5 miles slow incline and the last mile is a long steep walk until hitting the long trail. I do this trail at least once a year as it’s very peaceful and not heavily traveled. No views.

Love this hike! Went yesterday with my 4 big dogs and had a blast. Very dog friendly off leash trail as long as your pup is well socialized and under your control/has good recall. It rained the first 2.2mi up Jerusalem trail til we hit the LT. We went north briefly to hit up the Glen Ellen shelter so I could change, then back on to the LT and went south to the Mt. Ellen summit. The sun had emerged and the views were beautiful but do know it’s not quite a 360. Sugarbush resort’s summit chair lift tops the 4,082ft. With the detour, we ended up going 9mis. Definitely recommend; usually not a heavily trafficked trail. Parts are challenging/steep but there are plenty of flats to help break up the incline. Go enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike,but lots of rocks. Pretty falls, but probably a lot nicer after a good rain.

Great easy flat hike.

Great hike in my backyard. PLEASE DO NOT VENTURE OFF TRAIL! I’ve done way too many searches for lost hikers up here. Easy to follow trail markers

Hike this often .... very steep fire road style hike with rewarding views

Awesome payoff at the top, the views were amazing. I did Rattlesnake both up and back. I think the mileage is off however, they have rerouted the trail and added several switchbacks, the signs say is 1.5 miles from the falls, it was closer to 2 miles from the falls to the Vista points on the cliffs-so worth it however!!

great trail for bringing my dog. gorgeous views at the top. went on a hot day so when we got back we went over to Danbury Park for a swim. will definitely go again!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hike with no summit view at the top. The Vista / overlook is the rock face as the other reviewer (mj) said at 42.9134, -73.1555. This is more than a mile before you get to the summit and is right at the point where you first see the white rocks all over the place. The trail at the summit connects to two other trials that keep going. We followed the ridge trial about .2 miles and didn't find any other views. The trail is rerouted slightly at the beginning (which is well marked) so we ended up doing almost exactly 4 miles to the summit with elevation gain of just below 2000ft for the out and back. This should be changed on the trail info. 3 or maybe 4 steeper parts during the hike but relatively tame. A few stream crossings the pooch was able to drink from.

Good hike, 2nd half of ascent is a little tough, but the falls make it all worth it

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