Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Chesterfield, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Brattleboro Overlook Rail is a trail to a summit with a great overlook across the river to the city of Brattleboro. Follows a former quarry road with steady uphill climb.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked on 10/15/17. Warm October day with great fall color. Small parking area so we parked along the road. The trail is easy and wide. Lots of folks with their dogs. The view at the top is very nice but not as open as you might think. Terrific walk as we were traveling through the area but I wouldn't go 2 hours out of my way for the hike...

5 months ago

Nice hike among the rocks and trees! Trail is easy to follow and the view at the top is beautiful. worth the time for sure :).

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful & an pretty easy hike! Swing by the pond & take a dip, you won't regret it!

hiking
6 months ago

Great place for Springtime hiking. It is a steady workout! Views are worth it too.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

This is a good hike and a good cardio workout, whether you climb straight up or enjoy the switchbacks (which is what we did). The views from the top are great, with down-town Brattleboro and beyond below. Park at the old Walmart closer to the stores that are still in business as car break-ins are common. Don't leave anything valuable in your car and don't leave any change in your ashtray or console visible.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Decent ascend, not strenuous and a quick walk to the top with a good view. Nice to do if you don't have time for a long hike!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

One of the most beautiful trails I've ever run. There's an old Walmart with plenty of parking just a block away from the trailhead. If you have the time, go to Indian Pond and come back on Mine Ledge. Makes for a tough, but rewarding 5.25 loop.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Great views

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

great trail, not difficult at all. Mine ledge was really nice, great views. More of a workout going down to Indian pond.

hiking
Saturday, April 16, 2016

It was a bit steep at first but smoothed out. Great views on top!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

the hike is a bit of a workout, but the view from the top is great

hiking
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Nice trail and a decent workout. Lovely view of Brattleboro from the summit.

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

Great Hike, Beautiful view at the top. Trail itself not to bad compared to some of the other Vermont mountain trails. Very well taken care of.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

The view at the top makes the pain worth it!

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

The coordinates that get put into the GPS aren't correct (they bring you to someone's house up the road). It seems to me this trail head is actually at Madame Sherri's Forest. There is a kiosk at the parking area of Madame Sherri's that maps out all the trails (including the Wantastiquet). Perhaps I missed something - but the trail head location is pretty confusing.

hiking
Monday, June 01, 2015

Did we miss the trailhead altogether or is this trail not marked (out of Mdm Sherrie's Forest)?

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

I have done this trail hundreds of times in preparation for Tough Mudders and the GoRuck Challenge. It is a moderate hike with about 1200' of elevation gain. The trail is predominantly a jeep trail, however there are some wet sections and some very rocky sections. It is a well used trail and is available year round, even in the snow.

hiking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

This was the first hike I attempted following knee surgery, did it in Sept. 2010. Actually quite nice views all the way up. Was going to try to make it to the mine ledge, east of Wantastiquet, but I fatigued.
A little local lore: I am told this might be the only area of NH that still has a population of rattlesnakes. I saw none.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Must go during fall! It's pretty magical during the fall and summer, too, but the fall views take the cake. What a treasure this trail was to me during my graduate school year!

If entering from the S.W. end, the little waterfall, the carpet of fall leaves, and the far away feeling so close to town were all perfect for rejuvenating computer eyes. If entering from the North end, Indian Pond in the fall is unparalleled with the reflection of the trees and the beavers.

A group of us also tried hiking it through to the Indian Pond area, but we got a bit lost, so make sure to start early with plenty of light if you attempt it.

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