Scragg Mountain is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Waitsfield, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,420 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Using the "Directions" button on this page may not accurately direct you to the parking area, as Bowen Road is longer than many GPS applications have mapped. The correct trailhead is at the end of Bowen Road.

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Emily Lessem
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Hiking

Beautiful. A bit muddy.

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Jay Rosenblatt
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FishingMuddy

We wore micro spikes expecting some snow, mud and slippery conditions. It started out fine. Pretty setting, beautiful waterfalls. The higher we went, the muddier it got. Likely worth waiting at this point.

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Gene Robbins
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Hiking

Well marked at the start. Not too bad following the packed snow of others to the top. Spikes a plus.

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Cass Noww
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SnowshoeingGreat!Over grownSnow

PARKING: directions button did NOT take us to the correct place. Parking lot is 591 Bowen Rd. (All the way at the end of Bowen Rd). Decent sized free lot. TRAIL: really well marked for the first part, but anything past the beaver pond is not well marked and we relied on the downloaded map. Definitely needed snowshoes with poles on 1/27/21 to get to the lodge and summit. Could get away with just spikes if you just do the lower loop. Huffing and puffing all the way up but it was a gorgeous trail. LODGE: really messy and full of trash. Please clean up after yourself! Carry in, carry out. COVID: went on a weekday, but only saw one other person in the lot, no one else for the rest of the hike

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Mike D'Agostino
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Hiking

Really great hike, bring spikes

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Aly Why
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Robin Goeman
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Hiking

Spikes and poles won’t be regretted

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Miranda Belles
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HikingGreat!IcyRockyScrambleSnow

The prior descriptions were perfectly well executed. I fear my writing won’t be as good but I’ll put points here to keep in mind: -winter hiking on this trail requires very good footwear....ice, streams, snow, rocks....I wore winter boots with good grips and still slipped a bit. -Winter hiking on this trail was much easier with a walking stick to help with slipping and stability on the rocks. -The beaver pond is perfection and simply beautiful. -finding the trail past the beaver pond is nearly impossible....however, the footprints left in the snow were my savior. Once you walk for a long ways there do start to be blue markers that used to be more consistent....there’s evidence they were there some time ago. -past the log cabin is the summit....also not marked....I took a chance going up to the right from the cabin and got lucky....because I did reach the summit and it was gorgeous but there were no footprints to guide me but the blue markers show up sporadically to guide the way. All trails map was my saving grace at this part of the journey. The paper map at the beginning stopped at the beaver damn.

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Kayden Keith
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Michael B
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Hiking

Very washed out and muddy but has a super cool beaver pond almost at the top. Only went to cabin not peak. Parking on Bowen road

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Joseph Rocha
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HikingMuddy

Good November hike, no snow but a good deal of mud. Would definitely recommend boots. Like some others have mentioned, the marked yellow blaze trail stops at the beaver pond. You’ll need to do a little work to find where the trail begins for the top of Scragg mountain. Once you find it however, it’s relatively easy to follow to the summit. It looks similar to the trail you have followed to beaver pond, but eventually gets narrower and steeper. I noticed old faded blue blazes on most trees going to the top, so keep an eye out for them. Once you’ve found the old fire house you’re nearly to the top. Good luck!

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Ana Dan
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Hiking

super muddy after snow melt, but nice nivemberr hike.

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K Blakes
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Maxim Braverman
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Aaron Stein
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Just did this trail yesterday. Left the base at 10:30, back at 2pm, relaxed but steady pace visiting all the waterfalls and going all the way to the "Top". Contrary to one review the trail is mostly well marked and easy to follow. Mostly. Finding the trail at the beginning is actually slightly tricky - don't walk past the sign along the dirt road. Instead, go left from the sign and into the woods until you see the "Walking trail" sign and you should be able to find the yellow square blazes. Once you find the first one the rest are easy to see. The trail to the beaver ponds is easy to moderate, passing 2 waterfalls (well marked) along an old overgrown logging road. The trail is well marked and maintained. Once you get to the beaver pond (beautiful with a large beaver lodge), you have reached the end of the trail shown on the sign. To keep going, walk past the beaver ponds, over a small stream that feeds the ponds. From this point on, there are no yellow blazes, so you have to be attentive. If you see a log, note whether it fell naturally or was moved. If it was moved and in the way, it's probably telling you not to go that way. At first the trail is similar to the lower trail, but then it turns right and heads up through a series of switchbacks. This section is moderate, and as you get higher up, it gets wetter. The lower trail can be done with sneakers (not recommended of course), but I would not advise going past the beaver ponds without hiking boots, or at least a solid approach shoe (I had the latter, and was wishing for my hiking boots, especially when it got boggy). After a final series of switchbacks that get shorter and shorter, you get to the old house where the fire watcher used to live. You can go in and sign the log book, but be sure to tie the door back up. From there, it is a short walk, followed by a steeper climb that tops out at the remains of the watch tower foundation. We thought this was the top, but fortunately a couple came in from the other side of the clearing and told us we could continue for 5 minutes to get to the "top". This final section runs along the ridge, along moss-covered granite. It's dry with good footing, with a couple of steep rocky sections. The view from the top includes spectacular views of Mad River Valley, as well as to the East (which was viewable from the fire tower remains). We left the top at 12:40 and were at our car just before 2pm.

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Sharon Grimes
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Highly recommend

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Erin McDonnell
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Hiking

Any trail where I see fewer than 5 people is a great day! I appreciate overgrown and poorly marked trails. It challenges my hiking skills in a unique way. The bever pond is pretty and the summit offers views. It's different than most trails, which made it worthwhile.

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Aimee Walsh
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Hiking

Good trail, really overgrown in spots and past the pond you can get off trail easily. Pretty views up top!

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Gary Winslow
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Don't follow linked trailhead directions because they bring you to a private road. The trail map start point shown on Bowan road is correct though and has a parking area for at least 10 cars.

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Yianna Rhodes
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Nice moderate hike. Decent incline for the first mile, second is flatter. Overgrown with lots of raspberries but still easy to follow. Follow foot path signs. View is mostly blocked by a lot of trees but is still nice. A bit muddy/slippery after a day of rain.

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Ilona Garvin
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Hiking

Some overgrown areas, but lower sections really clear and easy. Fun hike!

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