Great Cliff via Long Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Dale, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.6 miElevation gain718 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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This short but steep trail offers great views at the top. WILDLIFE CLOSURE: This area is subject to closures due to nesting Peregrine Falcon activity. From March to August of some years, the trail is closed 1.4 miles in. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gmfl/recarea/?recid=65087.

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Jordan Ahnquist
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Pretty easy-moderate afternoon hike in a little snow. Yak-trax or snow shoes would've been helpful but not necessary. Great view for a short hike.

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Griffin Clark
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Quick easy hike with a nice little view. Only one section with some incline. Otherwise, a fairly straight hike up.

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Tamika Piper
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If you’re going in the fall be careful as the leaves on the ground make it pretty slick. My dog loved the way up but it was a bit tough coming down with her on leash. All together it’s a great hike.

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Joy Martin
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Short and a bit steep. Glad I had Poles and boots’

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Kristen Quinn
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The ascent was way harder than I expected but my dog and I made it to the top. The views were worth the hike. I visited on October 8th and only saw 4 other people on the trail. I was alone at the summit.

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William Tickhill
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Cory Trayer
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Crowded, but a nice quick beautiful view

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Elijah Setzer
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David Labrecque
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Genevieve Frank
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Beautiful short hike! The foliage is breathtaking in the fall.

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Sharlene Coutu
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Way out. Didn’t record way in

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Pam Kerstner
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Very rocky, rock steps can be difficult because there is a big space between them. Also very hard on knees coming down because of the steepness. Would NOT recommend this for people with bad knees. Be care during the WINTER as it will be difficult to follow the trail, it needs to be remarked.

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Samantha L
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Spectacular view at the top! Short but steep climb

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kent a.
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Hailie Smith
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Lots of uphill, so much fun. The view is worth the sweat!!!

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Sam Blomquist
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Amazing hike, even better view, and my all time favorite trail. The trail is definitely more difficult than moderate (as marked at the head by the Forest Service). But it is SO worth it! Trail is kept very clean and is easily marked. Do NOT recommend if you have bad knees or struggle to take big steps!

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Meagan Blais
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Brian Cheng
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Beautiful hike! Fully packed parking lot on a Sunday so the trail was somewhat busy. Most people wearing masks and giving wide birth though.

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Tim Vee
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Confused by recent reviews as we ran into a sign up near the top stating that access to the great cliff has been closed since March, and warning of surveillance cameras for those who dare tread past! Needless to say, the kids were pretty disappointed after such a steep climb!

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Xiaofan Yu
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Very nice view, easy!

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Olivia Beauchamp
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Loved the hike! It was short but steep hike to get to the overlook and the trail was well kept

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Casiana Brook
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closed till August

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Jonathan Sargent
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trail is in great shape. The foliage is starting to pass, so best to bag this one sooner than later. Steep but very short hike. I was able to make it down in under 15 minutes no problem, 30 minutes is plenty for people who don't hike a lot. Since it is steep, the times going up will vary a lot more.

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Edward Chadderton
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HikingScramble

great view - lots of rock steps to ease they way up a steep climb - well marked up to the cliff view. can see views across the valley to the other side of the road and down away into the lowlands. lots of Peregrine falcon circling overhead

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Raz Omessi
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Amazing view :)

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Uladzislau Kulakevich
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Very fast, 30 mins up/20 down. Quite easy for fit folks

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Dawn Watson
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