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Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 1,604 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky Scramble
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NOTE: As of May 2020, parking lot and trailhead are closed for mud season. Please check the park website for more information.

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Eric Hornung
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Straight up to a beautiful view. Nice and easy on the way down

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Kristen Mills
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Marika Simonis Garito
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We LOVED this trail! It was well maintained and marked. I would rate this as moderate, it is less than 4 miles round trip but parts are steep with some scrambling here and there. At the top you are rewarded with 360 degree views! The leaves are starting to change and I can only imagine it will be even more spectacular in a week or two. We parked at the Pinnacle Meadows lot which connects to the main trail and there are signs once it meets up. It took about 2.5 hours including taking in the views.

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Nat Xina
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loved it! beautiful, diverse hike. lots of interesting features and a spectacular view up top! the best part was being greeted by the sweet, famous Pinnacle Pups Bailor and Samson

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Colby Bostek
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Jackie Drane
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Awesome hike. Worth it at the summit. It’s breathtaking. We met the famous Pinnacles dogs and they hiked with us to the summit. So much fun.

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Catherine DiMarco
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I think this is more like the harder end of moderate. Yeah it is up up up, and there are rocks, but it is mostly like stairs, with nothing actually difficult. I did Ampersand Mountain today in the Adirondacks, and that was rated moderate and was sooooo much more difficult than this, lol. (I actually did this on 9/16) This trail is a blast and the views are great. Loved it!

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Rachel Smith
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Loved this hike! Perfect difficulty and beautiful views. Super moderate in the beginning but picks up as you go!

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Gee Mon
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Tim Winters
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Very fun, but challenging at times. We managed to do it with our 11 month old dog. There are some steep areas that hiking poles would be recommended. Other than that, it is and enjoyable hike.

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Melissa Locarno
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Merete Anderson
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perfect difficulty and length. great hike to start your day and beautiful views! a little crowded on a nice day but how could it not be

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Arina Gil
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Wonderful hike! Especially the final piece before the summit when you just walk on rocks, so different from most other hikes! Very rewarding view at the top, will definitely be back in the fall to see the leaves. This is a kind of hike that you want to do over and over again!

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Sahil Kothari
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Allison Bakow
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Beautiful gradual incline trail. View is stunning and pretty wildflowers for first few hundred yards. Trail well marked & clear. Signs for last .65 miles and .2 miles to summit. We hiked this morning - windy at top, lots of other hikers (bring your mask - ours was up ~30% of time), and trial was completely dry (no mud). Parking lot was small, but other hikers had parked on side of road where lot was with no issues. Overflow lot at pinnacle meadow not far away and meets up with main trail with .65 miles to go. Highly recommend this one - view exceeded expectations

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Miranda Eddy-Belles
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My sore calves would make the journey to the top everyday. Well maintained, friendly people but not overcrowded, lots to truly enjoy as you make your trek to the top.

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Morgan Decker
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Loved this trail! It’s a bit crowded wear your masks, but super fun scramble and climb 10/10 recommend

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Aditya Sharma
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Fun hike, but very crowded. The view at the top was great!

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J C
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I really enjoyed this one. great workout, not too long, not too short, consistent uphill challenge with the spectacular view. It’s the main reason we forget the fairly monotonous ascension. A bit busy but trail is wide enough to give some space. Pinnacle dogs were on the top showing you who’s mountain this really is. Did i mention it’s all about the view?

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Laura Pucillo
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Ive been hiking this trail for 25 years and it is an excellent trail. I will say though I was very disappointed on my most recent hike there by several people who were hiking with dogs off leash and they were at least 20 ft from their dogs and had no control of them. One such unleashed dog approached my leashed dog and attacked her, cutting her face. I was furious. It took the owners at least a minute to come get their dog while I tried to get my dog away from theirs. They failed to apologize or recognize the severity of this situation. I am so glad my dog is not more gravely injured but if this is how hikers of the pinneacle behave now I won’t be returning. Several other unleashed dogs approached my dog (luckily didnt harm her) and owners consistently failed to recognize how dangerous this was.

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Scott McKay
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Nice, well maintained out and back trail. Great 360 views from the top without too much effort to get them. Dog friendly, which is key for us.

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Stefanie Smentek
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Bryce Alabaster
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Had to bypass main trail because there was no parking at the base. So I headed up to the meadow parking lot and joined trail after 1 mile fireroad.

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Kate Landry
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By far my FAVORITE trail in the area. It’s short and sweet, but still provides a challenge at some points and an AMAZING view at the top. A few tall and rocky staircases, but I’ve seen young children and dogs on this trail plenty of times. An incredibly rewarding hike! Would advise not to hike this trail after rainfall, and be prepared for slippery conditions in early spring of course.

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Jordan Elizabeth
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Luis Cardona
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Great hike. The peak is a great spot to have lunch and take in the views. The path is almost entirely shaded, so it doesn't get terribly hot. It's probably between a medium and a difficult hike. The way down is a bit more tricky.

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