Black Mountain Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Black Mountain Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dummerston, Vermont that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
954 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

no dogs

Black Mountain rises abruptly from the West River in Dummerston to a horseshoe ridge with a summit of 1,280 feet. The mountain originated as a mass of molten rock deep beneath the surface of the earth between 345 and 395 million years ago. Erosion has exposed the granite that forms the core of the mountain. The lower slopes of Black Mountain are covered by hemlock and hardwoods such as sugar maple and beech. The pluton’s steep upper slopes and summit include craggy granite bedrock ledges covered by a thin layer of poor acidic soil. Here where nutrient-needy and water-loving plants can’t grow, the only pitch pine-scrub oak woodland in Vermont flourishes. Smallish pitch pines, red and white pines, oaks and red maples, lift gnarled limbs above a grassy glade cloaked in lowbush blueberry and huckleberry. Lichen-covered glacial erratics – boulders dropped by melting glaciers – are scattered about. From the top of Black Mountain there are views as far as New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock, and into the West River and Connecticut River valleys.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016