Stowe Pinnacle Trail

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Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

1 hour ago

Awesome

hiking
3 days ago

The view on the top was spectacular once the flurries of snow drifted away and the clouds cleared. As for difficulty, I would say this is on the harder side of moderate even though I began at the Stowe Pinnacle Meadow parking lot. Yes, the view is definitely worth the hike up.

9 days ago

Nice hike! Beautiful views at the top! I'm sore!

hiking
10 days ago

Constant elevation gain. Very challenging. Will get your heart rate up for sure. Great reward at the top. Extremely crowded on leaf peeping weekend. Tons of dogs on this trail. We encountered nearly 100 of them mostly without leashes.

hiking
22 days ago

Just took my 7th and 8th grade class on this hike a few days ago. It was great! In the amount of time we had, a little more than half made it to the top. For a lot of them it was a challenge in persistence, but the reward of making it was worth the tiredness the felt the next day. This was my 5th or so time on this trail and it is definitely a fun one with some great views.

1 month ago

this was my favorite hike all year. the top reminded me of the Himalayas a little bit.

1 month ago

My gps clocked it at 2 miles each way. Good little hike, lots of off leash dogs. Took about 2 hours with my pup.

1 month ago

Quick Intensive hike,

hiking
1 month ago

Great 2-3 hr hike depending on your ability. A few areas of steep climbing but worth the gorgeous view at the top of the valley. Start early to avoid the crowd and bring a snack or lunch for a break at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice in-town trail but very busy - even on a weekday.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the perfect hike if you only have 2-3 hours but still want a good workout and great view. The incline is pretty steady throughout; you don’t get too many breaks, and the last half mile is rocky (but we love that). Took some nice panoramic shots at the top. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail does require a bit of patience (it took about 2.5 hours to reach the peak in the wintertime. It was, however, well worth it: you are afforded a great view of the valley (you can see the chin, Mt. Mansfield, in the distance).

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with some hills and rocks at top. Beautiful views!

1 month ago

Nice trail with some challenging uphill climbs. Heavily trafficked so get there early to avoid large crowds at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with beautiful views at the top. It was crowded though. The summit area is not very large and there were so many people up there that it was difficult to find space to sit and enjoy the view.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a challange for my crew but we made it to the top was so worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with amazing views at the top. Kinda steep at points but doable if you’re in moderately health and shape. Plenty of kids and elderly were doing it

hiking
2 months ago

We did this in mid-october in full foliage. Outstanding and highly recommend it. I could see moon in the daylight up top!

2 months ago

All around great trail. Near the summit may be somewhat challenging for young children in that quite steep and very rocky

2 months ago

I love this hike so much, a good medium in-between... great to do when you’re feeling like hiking but not necessarily feeling like climbing an entire mountain, yet the views up top are incredible. You can see all the way out to Champlain lake. This trail is also great towards the end of winter. TIP: if you want to get up to the views but don’t want to hike all that much, there’s an even shorter trail to get to the top. Coming from Stowe, before you reach the trailhead, there’s a road off to the left called Pinnacle road, drive all the way to the top and there’s a small parking lot. Cuts the hike in about half!

2 months ago

Beautiful views from the top. I'm an infrequent day hiker. I wouldn't call a 1500 ft climb in 1.5 miles "easy".

If you're just interested in the view, park at the Stowe Meadow trail head and save yourself 500 feet in elevation gain.

2 months ago

You can start this hike from the Pinnacle Meadows parking area and cut off 1/2 mile and 500 feet. This means you can get to a faux summit with sensational views in under an hour. How cool is that?

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is really beautiful... amazing views from the top and it’s all shaded in a forest on the way there. A few things; VERY dog friendly. This was really nice because most of the East Coast doesn’t allow dogs to be off leash while they hike, so for someone from the West this trail was a breath of fresh air. There is NO WATER. No lakes, creeks, streams, nothing. Bring your own. Finally, I would classify this trail as heavily trafficked, at least on the weekends. It is basically straight up and then straight down so bring your hiking poles if you have them. Happy trails!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views- I would rate this as an easy hike- took some friends that are beginner hikers and it was perfect for them. Views are fantastic and you will be greeted by two friendly Golden retrievers at the top! So yes very dog friendly hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail - came in from the Stowe Meadow Trail (new, half mile shorter, slabbing across the hill to meet up w Stowe Pinnacle Trail). Very busy. Many dogs. No biting insects today (only one moth noticed ). Very cool 50 - 60 w incoming showers. Rich northern hardwoods - many trillium and other wildflowers in the understory (but the blooms in the woods mostly stopped when the leaves filled out a month ago). Still clintonia, Canada mayflower, bunchberry and goldthread blooming up on the Wooster Range (Skyline Trail) where spring still reigns at solstice tide. Winter wrens, juncos and white-throated sparrows on Pinnacle (above small vista). 360 view including Breadloaf in Ripton north up to Elmore and Lowell. Mont Owls Head in QC peeking up. The trail from the Pinnacle up to the Skyline Trail on Hogback is much less trafficked. Excellent condition. Steeper, rocky, interesting, sporting. Small rock shelter near top. ~130 feet north (left) on Skyline Trail is a tiny side path to a small vista with a view north up the range. Swainson’s thrushes and black-polled warblers. Deep mosses. Moose and coyote scat from last winter.

hiking
3 months ago

it's a lot of steep climbing but we'll marked and popular on weekends. if you're an infrequent hiker it will be a challenge but not overly so. well worth the effort for us.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views at the top! It was a little buggy but to be expected, meeting the two mountain dogs Baylor and Samson was awesome they hiked up with us! They got along great with our dog. Would hike this again!

4 months ago

Fun easy trail with lots of stairs. Close to town and fun to do!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful day climbing stowe pinnacle trail. An easy/moderate challenge with rewarding 360 views at the top. We were met by golden retrievers Sampson and Baylor. We gave them GREAT BIG HUGS and some water.

4 months ago

Beautiful & challenging hike with amazing views at the top

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