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Okemo Mountain via Healdville Trail

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Okemo Mountain via Healdville Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Holly, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,909 ft Route type Out & Back

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lindsay breedlove
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HikingBugsGreat!

This trail is challenging for me because it is pretty consistently steep in some places, particularly near the bottom. I'm in ok shape, but definitely needed to pause to catch my breath. That said, it's not a "hard" hike in that there isn't any need to scramble or constantly step around large rocks and roots. In that sense, it's good for active kids 8 and up who are willing to hike for this long. The panoramic views from the fire tower are breathtaking. As others have said, this hike is closer to 6.5 miles round trip (my phone didn't record the end accurately because of low battery).

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Caitlin Maitre
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HikingBugs
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Sara Sullivan
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Hiking

Great views, well marked and well maintained trail. We’ll do it again!

Meade Atkeson
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Hiking

Nice trail, moderate up hill. View from fire tower is nice. Dog friendly.

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Lindsay T
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Hiking

Great trail very worn down, steep and rocky I. Spots but mostly just a nice climb! Took us 4 hours total on our first try- we hike a lot- and workout often- got caught in a torrential downpour at the top so extra footing time was needed. Would definitely do again maybe even on snowshoes! One thing- no East view from The top you have to climb the fire tower.

Bill Doaner
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HikingBugsRocky
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Karley Smith
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HikingBugs

Suuuuper buggy- couldn’t stop for a break at the top because of the swarm of little black bugs. But love this hike, was able to carry my son on my back (45lb pack total ish)

Melanie C
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great trail. Fun family hike. Beautiful scenery as elevation changed. Muddy and buggy at top. 6.3 miles.

Liz Ramamurthy
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HikingMuddySnow

5-18 was muddy starting about .7 miles in. Snow patches in the last half mile. Great hike - last third very straight up & challenging.

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Ashley Keniston
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HikingMuddySnow

Definitely longer than it says here and even longer than the signs. Closer to 7 miles in total.

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Chad White
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Hiking

Great hike, well worth it. Agree that it can feel a bit longer than the stated distance. There is still quite a bit of ice near the top.

Nina Reyes
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Hiking

Very nice, moderate hike. Started earlier (10:30am) with no other hiking groups before us, so not very muddy at the bottom. Snow on the trail at least 3/4 of the hike. Sheets of ice (presumably melted snow frozen over) with 1 mile left to the fire tower. Slow to descend with that much ice. Very muddy at the bottom by the end of our hike. Recommend waiting til all the ice melts.

Eric Pitt
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Very enjoyable hike. Muddy but not too bad. A decent amount of snow for at least 50% of the hike and a small amount of ice. Spikes would be good but not necessary.

Truan S.
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Kat Goodfellow
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Andrew O'Donnell
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Wei Skjeveland
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HikingRockySnow

I will recommend to hiking to reach fire-tower. But I make sure sugget to right to visit summit with prefect weather that don’t cover the fog! So can view beauty snowing on ground from top!

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Mark Vazquez
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Hiking

Did this trail early November and it was very pleasant the first mile and a half. Definitely take your time and give yourself breaks at the tree stumps along the way. The last mile certainly requires you to dig deep for a final push but the views from the fire tower are all worth it. Trail is efficiently marked the whole way up even snow. A must do with gorgeous view all along the way.

Andrew Brown
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HikingMuddyRocky

Awesome trail with beautiful views from top of fire tower. There’s 1 vista prior that’s nice but the views are really best at the tower because you get 360. We went about two days after a nor’easter and it was pretty muddy on the second half of the trail. Pretty waterfalls along the way (2) and a nice place to sit in the sun and eat a snack at the top if you go toward the parking lot. Rocky and rooty—take your time going down, your body will thank you. Overall I’d do this again! It’s on the 6+mi side heads up.

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Randy Pazj
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Hiking

Parking lot is off Station Road. (We missed it.). Follow the blue blazed trail. The hike appears to be a bit longer than the 5.6 miles stated. The fire tower at the top has an awesome 360 degree view, however the stairs are a bit steep. (We seemed to be the only ones with an issue, but we made it!). I would suggest allowing 4 hours for the round trip which would include a few stops and time to look out the tower..

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