Explore the most popular views trails near Bennington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The beginning is steep, rain made it harder than usual, good boots or hiking shores are a must. Once up on the ridge, the hike is easy, the views are nice. If you have packed some sandwiches, the top is a good place to eat and enjoy the vistas.

Great hike! Pretty easy until you get towards the top. Still a good amount of snow on the last mile. Best view you'll get is about 3 miles in. Off to the left an opening. Not much of a view on top but still an a good experience to go up

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail with my fiance and my 8 year old daughter. Thought it was a great hike and tough in spots. Getting closer to the top it gets difficult and steep but well worth the view. A lot of water source and camping spots. We will hike this again but in the late afternoon to catch the sunset!

The first half mile will really test your legs. Very steep, challenging, yet exhilarating! After you reach the vista, you are treated to scenes out of a fantasy movie. Be sure to check out the panoramic view just behind the summit sign!

hiking
7 months ago

A gorgeous wooded hike in Bennington. I would rate this as moderate to moderate-hard. The trail is wide and mostly well marked. However, there are multiple locations where the nearby creek crosses the trail resulting in very slick conditions. The final third of the trail is very steep. From reviews on here, we decide to turn around at the Bennington overlook instead of completing the trail at the Summit.

hiking
7 months ago

If you're used to the nearby Adirondacks, don't waste your time on this one unless it's a nice, sunny day, or you love Bennington. The trail is poorly marked, and the only view you get is of Bennington. The summit offers no views worth remembering. The trail itself is okay once you get about a third of the way in. Nothing to write home about.

hiking
8 months ago

Wish we had more time! Will
Do it again for sure!

on Bald Mountain

hiking
8 months ago

great hike for my family it took us 4hr total to the top and back the trail is a more moderate to hard because of the incline and boulder fields u must navigate towards the top. all in all great trail and well marked great views and lots of friendly faces!! well worth the trip!!! ✌️

9 months ago

Tough towards the top, but well worth it!

Well marked trail with a steep incline in the beginning, strenous but not too hard. Great views and dog approved! Good trail for a dog used to trails and has some listening skills and is conditioned a little.

I hiked here as part of a 65 mile section of the Long Trail I was doing. The hike is was fairly difficult with a lot of ups and downs. The top of Glastenbury has an old fire tower with amazing views in all directions. The shelter is a little ways downhill from the summit. I would recommend returning to the fire tower to watch the sunset after you set up camp.

This trail was pretty intense at the beginning. Lots of rocks and pretty steap but totally doable, just breathe and make it to the top! Once at the top it does clear out to a pretty clear with some areas of tall grass. The veiw of Bennington at the top was beautiful ♡

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike and challenging at times. All the information in previous posts is useful and great, so please check it out before going out on this one. The view of Bennington is beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Visited this summit yesterday. As indicated in the previous post, the start of the trail is under construction, due to spring washout, so the first quarter mile is a bit rough. It was a fantastic hike after that though! It IS quite wet in some areas still, so good boots are suggested. As others have noted, there is not much to see at the summit, but there is a great view overlooking Bennington about a mile and quarter before the summit. The rock slides were fun to climb, and the short jaunt I followed along the Western Ridge trail was neat to see. Overall, a very enjoyable, and challenging day out! I would certainly do it again.

Lots of rocks and quite steep at first and then gives way to a lovely fern forest before the summit where you can see Bennington down below. A challenging work out but worth it! Took us about 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

A little hard to find the trailhead at first, as they are currently constructing new stairs at the beginning. We missed the scenic vista on the way up (and there is not much of an overlook at the top) but found the views on the way down. A little more than 3.5 hours and that includes stopping for lunch at the top

Thursday, May 04, 2017

great hike and great views along the way.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great trail. Best views are at 2600 ft elevation lookout to the west. Not much to see at apex of Bald Mountain. Only 4-5 parking spots at trail head so get there early.

trail running
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Easy run to the vista or summit.

trail running
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great trail, sad the highway now runs through the ascent from branch street. great views of the Bennington valley and Mount Anthony.

OMG- the first part is crazy with the rock steps and climbing- a good cardio!

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Absolutely loved this trail. Great views at the top. Already looking forward to hiking this trail again.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One of my first hikes a few years ago in 2013. Beautiful views of Bennington, Vt. We did this in early spring so the trails were a bit wet. All in all a good trip. Planning to go at it again soon with some first timers.

on Bald Mountain Trail

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Not too difficult of a hike, but it was a good reminder of how out of shape I am. Finding the peak was a little difficult, we ended up back-tracking and having lunch where the three paths meet. The trees block most of the view, but it was still nice. It was also freezing at the top, I recommend warm clothes and even a hat.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

very steep rock stairs at beginning (and end) make the hike strenuous, but once you're past the stairs it's not that bad. I got to this top of Harmon Hill in just over and hour. lots of mud/water to be aware of.

on Bald Mountain

Sunday, May 15, 2016

easy beginning, moderate middle with rock scrambling, harder end with parts of intense incline. lovely payoff though, took me 3.25h round-trip.

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

This is a portion of the West Ridge Trail that heads to the summit of Glastenbury Mountain. I really love what this trail has to offer all wrapped into a 2.4 mile, 1548' elevation change. Great views and camping possibilities on the summit. I often bring my wife and my 2 sons (ages 17 and 9). It can be strenuous for those who are not in shape with many opportunities to twist an ankle on the decent because of the rocky terrain. This is by far my favorite short hike in my locale. There are wild blueberries at the summit which tend to attract black bear so keep your eyes peeled.

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