I hiked this trail yesterday with a wonderful group of women, the trail was moderate with a slightly tricky river crossing, luckily a practical ice bridge and a downed tree a little up the the river from the trail made it possible to cross without getting wet or having to hop on rocksThe trail was icy and micro spikes are definitely needed right now. Nice views at the top and perfect weather!

Nice quick hike on a beautiful October day. Incredible foliage views from the overlook.

Great mid October hike. Views are definitely worth the hike up and I'm sure the cascade waterfall is spectacular during the Spring runoff.

Great hike! Took us about 3.5 with a few stops to pet dogs and climb the watch tower. Great workout and moderate hike!

Great Hike, not too difficult and very enjoyable! Very windy at the top of the tower but 360 views are great! We had lunch on the grass underneath the chair lift, again great views and very quiet!

Great hike. Nice, easy but challenging ascent rewarded by entrance into an amazing stand of soft conifer that opens up to a rock cairn museum! Short trip down to the cliff with spectacular views. After working up a sweat on the way up, make your way down to the Ice Beds portion of the trail for a "cool" location for lunch.

A beautiful little hike with small kids, easy to walk and much to do during the walk. The waterfalls are a great motivation for the younger ones, some climbing included. Very pittouresque scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike is nice on relatively easy terrain. The falls are well worth the short trip. Make sure you see all three sets of picturesque falls. (The middle ones were our family favorite.) Seasonally these falls are also a great place for some mountain stream swimming and wading. There are several large pools around the falls. (Be careful of dangerous currents during high water times.) Beautiful spot! We stayed just down the road and hiked there a number of times.

Loved it! The view was absolutely amazing! The passing by views were the same. Passed by a babbling Brooke. Would not recommend this trail for small children or dogs because of the steep heights. Make sure you bring flashlights in case you get caught in the dark. Took a partner and I around six hours to finish this track while taking breaks and looking at the views. Overall wonderful!

Great terrain and beautiful views. Took us (myself a friend and my 5 month old Lab) 1 hr 20 or so to get up, hour or less to get down on Saturday afternoon.

The first two miles meander uphill with a good mix of flats and climbs. There are two small outlooks before you reach the main summit. The final mile is the hardest on the way up with the steepest sections and is thus the hardest part of the way down. The views from the top of the fire tower are great. For those not comfortable climbing the tower I suggest taking the short spur to the Mt. Road and taking a left to climb up to the ski lift overlook down towards town. I would not recommend this trail for dogs or young kids. Know your ability as it's essentially all uphill.

Pretty good hike - it was more of a workout than I expected. The view at the top is as good as your fear of heights I think. My fear is pretty high so I didn't get too close to the edge of the cliffs. It's a long way down. All and all a nice hike in the LT/AT.

It was intense! A nice challenge indeed

Very gradual ascent, great views from the fire tower. Trail is well maintained. Pleasant half day hike.

walking
6 months ago

The photo here, as of August 2017, doesn't do this place justice. To all those photogs out there, make sure you go late in the day or on a colder day so you can avoid the swimmers.

Nice trail that leads to a view of the Green Mtns.

We travel to Vermont a lot, and recently stayed in the Ludlow area at the Jackson Gore Inn which is just a few minutes away. The falls are easy to find, right off Route 103 on Buttermilk Falls Road.  As you travel down the road, you will see pull offs on the side of the road.  We arrived around 9 on a Sunday morning, and we could see cars starting to line up.

There are three parts to the falls - lower, middle, and upper.  We had no trouble finding the many paths and trails meandering through the woods from the road and to each of the falls.  We went after some rain and some of the slopes and rocks were slippery, so just watch your step especially if you wear something like flip-flops (versus sturdy shoes).  While much of the terrain is easy to navigate, there are some rocks, roots, and slopes to travel over. We kind of meandered between the trail and the water's edge, as there are many little paths going through the woods.

At the beginning of the trail (the first pulloff areas closer to the bottom of the falls), there is a trailhead type kiosk where there is information about Buttermilk Falls, including a map and water testing results.

We went the morning after a rainstorm, and the kiosk sign recommends not entering the water 24 hours after there is heavy rain because of elevated e. coli levels.  It had been pretty stormy the night before so we decided against going in the water, even though our original intent was to swimming. There were lots of folks there who came prepared with swimming gear.

We have had a lot of rain this summer, so the water level was high. Most places we have been visiting have water levels that are higher than normal, so it really depends on rainfall levels too.

The distance between the falls is not far at all, so the kids had no problem "hiking" between them, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding nature.  It was a little buggy when we were there, so plan on bringing some bug spray.

The falls were very pretty and looks like it is a fun place to swim, so we will definitely be back.

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