Mount Worcester via Skyline Trail

HARD 2 reviews

Mount Worcester via Skyline Trail is a 11.4 mile out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and snowshoeing.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4258 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wildlife

This 11.5 mile round trip offers up stunning views, solitude and 6000' of elevation gain, though interestingly, the summit in question is about 300' lower in elevation than one of the trail junctions. Start from the Pinnacle Meadow parking lot. After picking up 1,000 feet in a mile heading over Hogback to the Skyline trail junction - the highest point of the trip at 3573' - the trail morphs into slightly disturbed ground cover. Painted trilliums and other plants are growing in the middle of this non-compacted trail surface. Exposed leaf litter and duff are the only indications of where the trail goes apart from blue blazes. The southern half of the Skyline Trail has its share of rocky changes in elevation, but the admittedly smoother path of this northern half packs a bit more punch. On to the moose element: scat and footprints lined the trail solidly between Worcester and the middle peak. The trail is often wet in places and though the ridge line is not a wetland, it is pretty soft in many places off trail. Clambering up the false summit offers a decent view of the surrounding topography to the southwest including West Hill, which Google Earth mistakenly throws in the path of the trail. (it is actually the little bump to the southeast of the middle peak). You will find yourself on the summit in 20 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

The parking lot you'll start at is the Pinnacle Meadow lot. There are signs for it further down the hill. A high clearance vehicle is a good idea. The walk is rather crowded until the trail splits from the Stowe Pinnacle, which is where it seems most people are going. The trail coming from the Upper Hollow Rd trailhead seems more crowded overall.

After that split I saw nobody on the trail when I did it. The trail splits again where you see the sharp bend on the map with another trail going toward Hunger Mt to the south. The false summit has some nice views and there was another small gap around that area just a few yards from the trail with nice NW views. The summit itself has a fantastic 180 view opening to the east.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Very good, very quiet.