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Emily Proctor Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Emily Proctor Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ripton, Vermont that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.1 miles
1,922 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers

Directions from South Lincoln, VT: Travel south on Forest Road 54. Travel about 4 miles and turn left (east) onto Forest Road 201 and continue .3 mile to the trailhead parking.

5 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Steep over the last mile or so before Emily Proctor shelter. A few downed trees detracted from the experience.

9 months ago

Great day hike up to the Emily Proctor shelter and back down. We saw 3 people on the trail and 2 people at the shelter that were taking other trails onto continue the loop. Our GPS tracked this as 6.9 miles from the parking lot to the shelter and back. The last 1.25 miles are a steep climb. We saw lots and lots of moose poop but no actual animals. We also had our dog with us and she had bear bells on so that accounts for part of it. The beginning of the trail is very narrow and has lots of overgrowth. There are also a lot of creeks to cross (probably as many as 25 each way) so wear water proof boots and long pants. The shelter had a fire pit, wash pit, and was about 10 ft from a creek that we saw a backpacker pumping water out of. Also, the road in is a bit rough so I would definitely recommend having an AWD/higher clearance car to get in.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Loved this trail. Pretty flat at first and then a nice climb. Hiked to the LT and back for 7 miles. Joyful!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Great trail but icy this time of year. Lots of moose signs as you travel up the trail. The river crossing can be a problem this time of year. We couldn't get across.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beautiful Misty day. Careful of the slippery rocks at the top

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Very fun overnight

Sunday, April 23, 2017