Duxbury Window Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waterbury, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,938 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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10 days ago

The map was a bit misleading for me; I assumed there would be a waterfall or view at the "top." In fact, the last tiny bit where you veer left off the Long Trail actually just takes you to a campground. We were walking in circles around the campground trying to find a trail, viewpoint, or some other point of interest :P Nope, just a campground! Essentially this hike is a section of the Long Trail. There are 2 viewpoints - the first is the bench overlooking the interstate; the second is a pretty window looking at Camel's Hump. One of these is the "Duxbury Window" but I'm not sure which. The waterfall is way before both of those - actually only about 15 minutes into the hike! Well worth a visit (and a dip).

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16 days ago

There was a nice river to veer off trail and spend some time which I highly recommend sitting on some of the boulders. To the first lookout the view was of I-89 and was not the best. I would give this part of the trail a moderate rating. The second part of the hike I would rate as hard/moderate. We saw some black bears on the trail so keep your eyes open. Nice view of Camels Hump from that lookout.

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23 days ago

Beautiful trail. A great waterfall. Perfect mini hike for getting in shape for bigger stuff. The window has a pretty good view and was worth the walk up. Will be back to do the upper part.

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1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail! Early spring wildflowers, waterfalls, no ice, small patches of mud, well-marked. Challenging enough but not a struggle--although comparatively speaking, this is not in the same class as other nearby "moderate" trails. Loved it!

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1 month ago

Great afternoon hike. A few steep stairs at turns not too well marked. Some trees down along the trail. Otherwise well maintained. Great view 2/3 of the way up. Trail leads to lean to and a few platforms. Very doable by most hikers. Can continue to camels hump summit if you choose to.

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1 month ago

This was a fun solo adventure for me! I didn’t know what to expect hiking at this time of year. Most of the trail was lovely until you started getting to higher elevation. The snow/ice patches made following the trail difficult, luckily I could follow others footprints. I got up to the camels hump trail summit with 3.5 miles to go, I hiked in about .5 and turned back. With the right gear you could definitely do it but I was underprepared. The snow is about 6-8inches deep and water running underneath it making holes you can’t see. I kept sinking into them. Could be fun! Just be prepared for it (: beautiful time of year to hike! You have great views since the woodlands aren’t green yet. I’ll be going back to finish this in a month or so for sure!

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2 months ago

muddy up to the bench, then icy beyond that. traction needed for the icy parts.

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4 months ago

Nice hike, compact snow till about the second rock scramble where there’s about 6 inches to a foot of powder. Would recommend extra traction for ice.

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4 months ago

It’s a good trail to take in winter... right up to the first real rock scramble (that’s where I stopped). Duxbury Window was clouded in but again, it’s a beautiful and sheltered winter hiking trail. Traction is highly recommended bc lots of areas where ice can develop.

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7 months ago

Very Pretty Trail. Got to the window in a little under an hour. Overlooks 89 so not the best view. Worth it if you’re near by.

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7 months ago

Went past the window to the second viewpoint – would recommend! You’ll see I took a wrong turn on the way up, but the trail was generally well marked.

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8 months ago

nice trail. fun and diverse terrain.

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9 months ago

The distance to the "window" overlook and bench is under 3 miles (out & back) and about 900 feet elevation gain. The numbers shown on this listing may be in flux because this trail is part of the Long Trail, and can be hiked all the way to Camel's Hump (about 12 miles out & back). Some hikers use the Window as the end of trip while others choose to keep going.  The trail up to the window is moderate: not extremely steep, though enough to get the heart going, and no rock scrambles. It is feature-rich, with a bridge crossing a beautiful mountain stream on the lower half, and around the halfway point is an unofficial spur trail down to a pothole/waterfall section of the river deep enough to take a dip.  Pros:  - Quiet, even on those 70-degrees-and-sunny weekend days. You will run into other hikers and dogs, but the parking lot rarely fills up, and it will never be as crowded as one of the big summit hikes.  - Lots of streams for watering your dogs and cooling off. Cons:  - Road noise (the highway is in a valley between two mountains and you are climbing one of them) - The view from the "window" is barely majestic, and overlooks the highway Above the window, things get steeper immediately, with a particularly daunting rock-and-roots scramble that many newcomers to the trail miss the turn onto. Keep an eye on the trail blazes!  A few minutes of hiking above this point, and you'll find another, even better view through the trees, this time facing away from the road (the noise goes away, too!), and overlooking Camel's Hump.  About an hour or so of hiking after that, and you'll stumble onto an open rocky area with a nearly 360-degree view. You'll be halfway to Camel's Hump by this point. Going that far took me about 2.5 hours (rough estimate, 3 miles, 2,000 feet?). It's a nice alternative to the ultra-crowded summit hikes if you don't mind sacrificing a little on the view to get more privacy. 

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10 months ago

Going to the actual Duxbury Window was pretty quick (I believe only 1.4 miles each way) and it wasn't the most impressive view, considering it looks out over I-89. The trail got more difficult as we continued up past the actual "window," and had some additional nice views through the trees on the other side. A bit unclear where the Duxbury Window Trail ended, as there were some campsites but no view at the end. We just turned around and headed down, for the 5.1 mile roundtrip total. It was a good level of challenge for me, a fairly novice hiker getting in shape for Camel's Hump.

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10 months ago

I’d agree with others that this trail is moderate. Nice bench at the lookout, aka window. Met nice people and several off-leash dogs. Beautiful end of July hike.

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