Mount Hunger via Skyline trail

HARD 5 reviews

Mount Hunger via Skyline trail is a 9.7 mile out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3897 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

scramble

In a fashion slightly similar to some of the more 'trailless' peaks in the Adirondacks, the narrow, lightly used but marked trail winds its way along the top of the Worcester Range, sometimes dramatically. If you are looking for solitude, this is a great trail. Most of the hike is protected by trees, but there are occasional social paths leading to delicious views of Camel's Hump, to the Sterling range and more. You can even see Lake Champlain and into the Adirondacks on a good day. Just before ending at Mount Hunger, the North summit offers better on-trail eastern views than Hunger. There is a bit of scrambling involved (climbing on rocks, but not rock climbing). If that is not something you adore, you might not want to bother with this one. Starting at the lower Pinnacle parking lot or at the Pinnacle Meadows parking lot, it's steep but simple walk up to the first junction below Pinnacle. After the Hogback/Pinnacle junction, it gets slightly more tricky: 700' in well under a mile. Once atop Hogback, there is a half mile or so of treed summit area walking to the Skyline trail. Here may be the first place you encounter mud; it will not be the last.

hiking
2 months ago

Very difficult especially in muddy conditions. We hiked to Pinnacle then skyline to mount Hunger. There were 7 of us ranging from 14-61 all physically fit and we found it exhausting. Younger folks moved more quickly but loose rocks and roots made it difficult for older folks to move as fast. Walking poles help with the descent. Started at 9:00 AM and finished around 4:30 PM. Ate lunch on Mount Hunger and spent about 20 minutes there. Bring jackets and bug spray. Met young woman using this route to train for the long trails. She described it as technical. Beautiful vistas but can see these either at Mount Hunger or Pinnacle. Skyline is in the woods mostly.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Crowd disappears the second you leave the Pinnacle trail headed for skyline. Skyline still wet but manageable. Decided to descended at Hunger and bike the 3 miles back to the Pinnacle trail head to save some time.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago