Mount Philo Trail

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Mount Philo Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

This easy to moderate hike is very popular all year round. Hikers may find themselves sharing the road with mountain bikers in one season and cross country skiers the next. Please note the trail may get muddy under rainier than normal conditions.

hiking
3 days ago

If you've got friends or family visiting you in Vermont, Mount Philo is the perfect way to spend a few hours. A very easy mile each way gets you some great views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding areas. Very crowded in the summer, try to hike this one around 5 or 6 pm to catch the setting sun over Lake Champlain.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice family friendly hike. You can choose to stick to path or follow the paved road both up and down. Offers some beautiful views of Lake Champlain.

8 days ago

enjoyed hiking here. we met so many people from different age groups. very nice view at the top and relaxing picnic spots. restroom area is also well maintained. in short worth the hike. and perfect for beginners!

hiking
13 days ago

Perfect hike for beginners. Gives a challenge at the beginning, great view at the top and easy paved road on the way down. I would have preferred a wooded path the entire way but this hike was enjoyable. We passed many of all ages, 3 years to 70s. Some of the younger kids were complaining but our 8 year olds did great. The path was hard packed and steps were available in some areas.

hiking
14 days ago

We hike Mount Philo with our kids a few times a year and it is always a fun adventure!

20 days ago

great views and an easy hike. picnic area at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view, nicely maintained trail, kid friendly and high foot traffic. Wish it was a little less busy but it was a VT summer day, can’t expect to have the trail to ourselves. Was a great hike with the kiddo.

1 month ago

Well maintained, well trodden. Went on a week day encounter six sets of folks during the trip. Great views of the Green Mnts and Adirondack’s (w labeled signage). Some fences to keep idiots and children from falling off the overlooks.

2 months ago

A nice stroll up well-maintained trails to a satisfying vista.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great easy hike with great views

2 months ago

Great around an hour long hike (total) on the paved road still gave us and our pooch a good quick work out. Plenty of chairs and picnic tables at the summit along with water and restrooms, but be ready for lots of people and noise at the summit. You can also drive right up if you just want to visit the summit.

This is a great trail to test new shoes/packs/etc. due to the quickness and choice of paved or woodpath.

3 months ago

Accessible hike with a great view of the lake and Adirondack Mountains.

3 months ago

fun trail! like the steps and a nice picnic area at the top

hiking
3 months ago

Great views!

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely not the easiest and in mud season even a little tricky at times with the dog and kiddos. But such a good steep hike, and worth the trip. My kids have officially climbed a mountain!

5 months ago

Mount Philo is definitely a crowd pleaser. It’s short and not too strenuous- which makes it an excellent trail for families. We hiked it in the snow and the parking lot was still nearly full - it’s very popular! We used our crampons during the last leg of the hike as it was a bit icy.

hiking
6 months ago

I gave this mountain 5 stars because it’s so close to home, for someone who doesn’t like Gyms, it’s the perfect nature walk/climb. I could do this 5 times a week and get my full workout in.

7 months ago

I’ve been going to the summit everyday this week. Great hike !

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect short hike with stunning view at top. Definitely recommend starting with the left trail option and ending via the other side of loop to get the real hiking experience going up (in this way you get the road portion at end on decline portion). Kids were sledding down the end road. Very friendly atmosphere and great/safe in the snow! Dress warm!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful view at summit

hiking
9 months ago

Challenging in some spots but don't turn around to head back...keep up and you will be amazed at the summit look-outs.

9 months ago

Easy but challenging in some spots! The view is worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Certainly beautiful views at the top. Totally worth it but I disagreed with the easy rating. It was an uphill climb all the way. Granted we are not seasoned hikers - that's why we choose 'easy'. I definitely recommend but know you will be working it. It's paved all the way, lots of other hikers along the way and facilities at the top. Absolutely worth the effort.

10 months ago

This trail is great for those beginning to get into hiking and need some practice as well a great trip with the family. Trail is kid friendly

11 months ago

This trail is Easy for a hiker. Non hikers not so much I took my mom on a mini getaway and we did this. It was her first hike. She is in her 60s. Not very athletic It was a bit tough for her due to the constant uphill incline. Lots of steps and some rocks. For the non hiker I would recommend walking the gravel path for cars. Or driving. :). Mom did it and was so proud. Took several breaks but she says the view at the top was so worth it. The smile on her face was priceless :)

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Not much of a challenge. Good if New to hiking and want a great view.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun and easy hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Amazing trail beautiful view at the top of the mountain. The trails were nicely groomed. It wasn't too steep and a lot of the trail was packed down with stone.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

It has been pretty wet this month, so used the access road rather than the muddy trails. Great little family friendly hike with nice views.

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