Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail to Aunt Jenny Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail to Aunt Jenny Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salisbury, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1358 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Directions from Forest Dale, VT: Travel north on SR 53 for 5.2 miles to a large parking area for Silver Lake and Falls of Lana.

hiking
11 days ago

We travelled up the Rattlesnake Cliffs trail and down the Aunt Jenny.
Both seemed equivalent to me and moderate difficulty seems accurate.
We went on a pleasant June morning about 70F 20C.
Of course you cannot get to the scenic overlook between April and September because of the peregrine falcons nesting.
I would like to do it again when it is open.
Enjoyed the falls at the bottom.
The path at the top has been re-routed but will still take you to the overlook.
Follow the signs not the all trails map.

hiking
1 month ago

We went up the Rattlesnake Cliffs trail and back down the Aunt Jenny Trail. Great view of the lake from the cliff vista.

hiking
2 months ago

If I were to do this hike again I would just do the Aunt Jenny Trail up and back. I thought it was more traveled and maintained. I knew the cliffs would most likely be closed (from March 15-August 15) but I still really enjoyed the hike and had views going up through the trees. I will definitely do it again in the fall.

7 months ago

Long climb to the top but worth it for the view. Challenging but the kids (12 and 7) kept up. Plenty to look at along the way to take a few breaks here and there.

hiking
7 months ago

One of the first hikes I did in VT. The falls were fun to explore and great view of Lake Dunmore at the top!

hiking
7 months ago

Difficult

hiking
8 months ago

In parts challenging for beginners, but the view from Rattlesnake vista was totally worth it. We went during Fall and it was incredible. Our dogs went along and were a little frustrated by having to be kept on leash the whole way.

hiking
8 months ago

the view alone was worth the effort! we found by accident as we were just looking for the falls...ended up hiking to the vista! breathtaking views.

8 months ago

The trail would be challenging for a beginner, but turned out to be a perfect moderate difficulty trail. Follow the signs for vista off of rattlesnake trail for a beautiful view of Lake Dunmore and Silver Lake. Great hike!

9 months ago

Radiant, beautiful day.

hiking
9 months ago

Good day hike - challenging enough with a pay-off at the top. As of Labor Day weekend, 2017, there seems to be a series of new switchbacks near the top that join with the ridge trail. These new switchbacks are not on the map.

9 months ago

Great view at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

Great park and great view of Lake Dunmore and Silver Lake. Really enjoyed this trail!

hiking
10 months ago

Should be rated hard as it is very challenging in my opinion. Great views along the way and make sure to hike all the way to Rattlesnake Cliff (ok after August 1st as Peregrine falcon restrictions lifted) for great view of Lake Dunmore and Green Mountain ranges. Stunning

hiking
10 months ago

Such a fun hike!! Good views of Lake Dunmore and Silver Lake.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Trail was pretty, but the rattlesnake trail wasn't very well maintained. The cliffs are closed between April 15th and August 1st, so there's no view of the lake

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lovely trail! Well worth the veiws at the top

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

We did this trail on Saturday, up Rattlesnake and down aunt Jenny. A good hike and the views from the cliffs were amazing.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

one of the most memorable hikes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Loved this trail and all of iuts inclines

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

We hiked the Aunt Jenny trail to Rattlesnake Cliff, view was amazing, we timed the foliage perfectly. Well worth the trip

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Went yesterday with 2 friends. The views from Rattlesnake Cliffs are fantastic, but keep in mind that to reach Rattlesnake Cliffs, the trail goes beyond what is shown on the AllTrails map, There are 2 places to get views from the top. There is a trail off to the left as you walk up that is labeled "vista" that is one of the spots. The other one is available if you continue straight for a short distance. Check out both, as they offer views in different directions.

FYI - Rattlesnake Cliffs are closed for the peregrine falcon nesting season, so be sure to visit after August 1.

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Worth the hike

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

April 3, 2016. Trail nice and dry. Lovely loop through the woods. The cliffs are closed for the peregrines, but you are still able to hike the Aunt Jenny Trail and the Rattlesnake Cliff Trail loop. There are many signs to warn hikers away from cliffs. Beautiful waterfalls. Our round trip, from parking lot, was 4.3 miles, which differs from the details given by AllTrails.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Nice scenic trail with waterfalls and good trails, except for the trees across the trail that have not been removed. Went April 2, and was overcast and cliff trail closed. Park at the "126" sign and hike up under the water pipe to se the falls and rejoin the trail to the cliffs and Jenny. Nice loop.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Found this while on a an overnight business trip. First part of the trail was wide and packed, then I turned left and went up to Rattlesnake cliffs. Nice view at the top. The cliff trail is closed from April to August 1 due to Peregrine falcon nesting, so a heads up if planning that trail. 1 hour up and 1 hour down with the occasional stop. Lana Falls on the way down proved to be a popular spot to cool off. Well worth the hike and lots of options for longer trails, etc. Parking was at the Silver Lake lot.

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Did this hike on the 4th of July and the summit of the mountain was closed due to falcon nesting, so there wasn't a view. Not sure if the loop is still accessible, but the first leg of the trail was a beautiful woodland hike (quite steep at times). Lots of mosquitoes, so be prepared!

hiking
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Great view! Hike was difficult enough that I was very sweaty by the time I got to the top. There were a lot of mosquitos, so come protected. The view was amazing and definitely coming back to that spot.

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This is a great, short, but challenging hike. The views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, and the 'Daks from the top are stunning and well worth the climb.

It probably takes 45 minutes to get up to the top and about the same going down if you are going fast up the Cliffs trail. You can extend the hike a little bit by walking along the Oak Ridge trail at the top if you are so inclined.

You can either park at the silver lake trailhead just south of Branbury State Park, OR you can park across from the old pumping station just north of the Silver Lake trailhead on Rt. 53. If you park at the pumping station, you follow the aqueduct up until you intersect with the trail (which is a very obvious intersection) and go left up to the Aunt Jenny/Cliffs trail. At this intersection, there is an interesting sign about the history of the aqueduct. The hike along the pipe is not very scenic, but it is a rocky scramble. There is a spectacular view of the Falls of Lana on the left on the way up.

In terms of trail conditions, they are very good and well-traveled. As I said before, there is a bit of a scramble along the aqueduct and then it's mostly a steep dirt and occasionally rocky trail to the top. If you pick up the pace, it's a great workout with a lot of vertical in a short distance. You can also slow it down and take in the scenery along the way.

The bottom line: Highly recommended. One of my favorite shorter hikes in the area. I also love bringing a sandwich to the top and having lunch or dinner sitting on the rocky cliffs.

hiking
1 month ago

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