Weathersfield Trail to Mount Ascutney

MODERATE 101 reviews
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Weathersfield Trail to Mount Ascutney is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Perkinsville, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2326 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

washed out

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy winter hike, trail was well marked. Cascade falls was pretty well frozen over but still beautiful. Overall, a very scenic and pleasant hike. Curious to return in spring/summer.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail with lots of views and waterfalls! ate lunch on the hang glider landing and saw a grad total of 3 other people. :)

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has an embarrassment of riches for any hiker. I guess there's a half a dozen or more trails to summit Ascutney, but you would have a tuff time convincing me there's a better way than the Weathersfield route. Also this hike was done when most of the foliage was off the trees.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Fairly easy for seasoned hikers. We had three kids with us so we only made it to Cascade Falls. Some scrambling and it's a bit muddy / slippery, especially in this time of year. (Autumn) but the foliage is really spectacular and make the trail colorful and beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike, Gus's Outlook is a great spot for lunch, make sure you go up to the West Peak Vista as that's a great spot for the view.
We looped the summit via the Hand Glide trail which was fun though signs are not that visible.

Second falls are really interesting, the walk gets a bit more complicated from there to the top although it's worth it. The summit per se is not great but all the other points of interest and vistas are definitely worth the effort.

Definitely recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail to do with kids. Great falls, and nice random views along the way

backpacking
3 months ago

great waterfalls in mid spring. it can be pretty icy if it early in the spring.

hiking
3 months ago

I have a rash on my taint. it's a tough hike from the cascade falls to the summit. bring extra water! no view from the actual summit but there's a lookout tower with a good view

hiking
3 months ago

The trail seemed fairly easy until the second cascade. After that, it was hard. Today was almost a 90 degree day so my boyfriend and I went through over 3 liters of water, together. Snacks and possibly even a lunch/dinner are a must. I would rate this trail hard. Also, the summit has nearly no view unless you go to the lookout tower.

hiking
3 months ago

Great place to hike! Many different spots to stop and take in the views, our favorite was the western summit. This trail is rated moderate but I saw a lot of people struggling or turning back before reaching the top. Definitely plan on plenty of water and some nutrition to make the round trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Wish the HangGlider trail was marked. Other than that what a lovely hike!

4 months ago

Definitely a steep climb after the waterfall!

hiking
4 months ago

A favorite, because even if you don't get to the top, the Cascade Falls is a great lunch spot.
BTW, this is longer, harder hike than many expect (maybe not this crew). The lower part is fairly easy but above the Falls gets steeper and more overgrown towards the top. Bring water for sure and probably a snack. I've seen the local fire department have to rescue a collapsed hiker from this trail and it wasn't pretty.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike but I would agree with other reviewer that parts of this trail are quite steep and rocky. Views are wonderful.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike with some good places to stop before the summit. Gus' Lookout was really nice. The only way to see the view from the top is if you go up the lookout tower. Not a good hike for novices or first timers.

backpacking
5 months ago

I found this moderate trail to be challenging. Loved it regardless. Mostly steep sections, lots of rocks and roots. Some of the trail is flattish with nice gravel. I hiked on a pretty warm afternoon (mid-80), clear day, and was mostly in shade. Will try trail again when I have more miles on my feet, but compared to other moderate trails in the area, I feel this one will still be a challenge.

6 months ago

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hiking
7 months ago

On the easy end of moderate. Enjoyable, but the summit is pretty disappointing with the metal towers. The overlook was a better view, but fairly small. The waterfalls are very nice though, there are a few, and today the water crossings were manageable. Trail is well marked.

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible hike, this trail was so scenic the whole way with several waterfalls and streams, interesting boulders and rock formations and gnarly old trees straight out of a novel. There's stunning moss beds everywhere, we saw some pileated woodpeckers, lady slippers and various fungi. The overlooks (Gus and West Summit) offer great views, a can't miss! The summit itself is a little underwhelming with tv station towers and what-not plus limited views. But the observation tower is pretty cool. My favorite part was Cascade Falls, it's worth a look down over the edge but be careful!! Moderate is a fair rating for this trail, many parts are steep with rocks and roots but there are many places for rests that level out. Well marked and maintained!

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