Snake Mountain

MODERATE 136 reviews

Snake Mountain is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Middlebury, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 days ago

Oh my god the view is so awesome!!

9 days ago

It was a good little hike. Trail was easy to navigate albeit still a little muddy in some spots. Little buggy but not bad and to be expected. Took about 35 minutes to get up, less than 20 going down.

17 days ago

Great hike... really buggy during May

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was pretty muddy and buggy, but the beautiful view at the top was worth it! Pretty steady incline up all the way, but a short hike

8 months ago

No indications on where the trails are and where they get you to. Thanks to my iPhone and this app. I was able to get back to my car without having to camp overnight on the mountain. No joke.

8 months ago

Great hike for those who aren't look for a full day hike or anything rugged. The top is a great place to have a picnic because of the flat cement surface

hiking
9 months ago

Going up there were a few switchbacks but throughout the trail there were some flat areas. The view from the top is amazing. We saw the entire area laid out in front of us. Going down was or favorite part. If you go more right you will pick up the yellow trail which brings you down via the pond and there is another wonderful view from there. If you go down by the pond you do not have the switchbacks and it is a very relaxing trail. Highly recommended

hiking
10 months ago

Great climb, beautiful view of the lake and New York.

hiking
10 months ago

My husband and I tried to do the loop indicated on the All Trails map. Making it to the lookout point was relatively simple (west side of the loop). We then tried to finish the east side. This trail wasn't just poorly marked - it wasn't marked AT ALL! We had to use our phone's GPS and the app to estimate where the trail *would* have been. Once we found the connection to the east side, it was okay.

I do not recommend this full loop if you don't want to do some orienteering. The out-and-back to the lookout is great. We saw lots of families with happy children on the way to the lookout!

10 months ago

This was a relatively easy hike for me and the kiddos. We brought lunch and ate at a gorgeous lookout point.

10 months ago

Beautiful views once you get to the top

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent scenic vista, worth the hike

hiking
10 months ago

The cliff trail is currently closed to protect wildlife. But the other trail was really nice, a bit muddy with all the rain we've had. Would definitely recommend if newer to hiking and want to see a truly fantastic view of the Adirondacks.

11 months ago

The trail is not well marked but it's pretty easy to follow still. There's some mud but nothing too, too crazy. The view at the top is amazing. Plenty of room for all to have a great view if you go during a busy time and have to share the summit. No steep inclines at all.

hiking
11 months ago

Mud mud mud. But the view's great ;-)

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic views from the concrete foundation at the top. Trail was waterlogged and muddy - not surprising with how much rain has been coming through.

hiking
11 months ago

Muddy.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hiked this trail a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, it wasn't very clear but it was still worth the view. It's a fairly easy hike with very little elevation gain.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gorgeous view at the top, short but good hike!

hiking
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Very icy! Wore nanospikes the whole time.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Amazing

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This was a fairly rugged uphill slog (for this 62 year old) for about 2 miles to a summit with great views. There's a parking lot on Mountain Road. About 200 yards south is the well-marked trail head. The trail is an old carriage road to the summit. It's rocky and rugged but families with young kids made it successfully to the top. At the "T", go left. Soon after the "T", you'll see a trail to the left with a "Don't disturb the peregrines during nesting season" sign. This trail also goes to the summit, passing some interesting outcrops at the top but it's very steep and rugged. (I came down that way and my thighs are still throbbing.)

The summit views are the highlight here. Beautiful views looking west at the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks. There's a concrete slab foundation of an old house or hotel at the summit that kind of takes away from the vibe a bit but, again, you're there for the view. Plan to spend some time at the summit.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fairly easy hike to the best panoramic view of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack High Peaks. The trailhead has been reworked with signage to make it easier to find. The trail is used year around for hiking. Crampons suggested for winter.

walking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pretty view from the top! Easy walk up and definitely dog friendly. A little crowded with families.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Gorgeous day today and the view from the summit was unbeatable. But I have to agree with some of the others that this is not a well marked trail. The trailhead itself is easy to find but there are no blazes and very little signage. The route to summit is straightforward but the eastern portion of the loop is challenging to follow. It is also clearly less traveled than the primary trail to the summit.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Easy well defined trail. No water features. Great view at top.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Great view at the top

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Nice trail with a spectacular view from the summit!!

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Poorly marked trails but nice view at top. Anytime the trail split I stayed to the left and eventually made it to a nice rock outcrop with views. Only on the way down did I notice worn out yellow blazes on rocks. Hike took about 45 minutes to the top

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A wide, well-defined path through the woods, it was more of a rugged walk than a hike for the most part, but fun, steep, and rocky. The view from the top is well worth the walk up. My 5yo did it with no complaints and only two short stops to sit in between the steepest parts.

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