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bugs
10 hours ago

I thought it would be nice to actually know .... so I counted. There are about 400 stone steps. And then there are all the stairs up the tower! In my opinion if the Rail Trail is “easy” then this shouldn’t be in the same category. However, it is a beautiful hike that was nice and shady. Also, the views from the top of the tower are awesome.

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rocky
15 hours ago

Easy hike through mixed hardwood and then some older stands of hemlock. The trail is well marked with blue blazes and wide enough to pass people easily. Rocks in the trail mean that you do have to spend a lot of time looking down. Steady, but easy uphill to a fork at around 1.8 miles in, then a more narrow and level trail that was muddy in places down to the falls. The falls were quite full for June. Not a lot of spots for hanging out at the falls, and definitely no place to swim or get wet. I hiked this trail on a Thursday morning starting at 8:30 am. I passed 7 groups of hikers the whole time but had lots of stretches where I didn't see anyone. All-in-all a nice hike for summer - shady the whole time.

was nice day for hike .little rain nice view up top. I hike tovtop twice did different trail second time

Great trail that has something for everyone. Bugs can be really bad especially at the top so be prepared to get to the spectacular views and then turn back quickly. I’d still highly recommend.

This is one of my favorite hikes. It’s a steep hike with some technical terrain, but it’s actually a quicker hike than one would expect and the rewarding view at the top is indisputable. Make sure to bring layers, the wind at the top of the chin can be crisp. Also hiking boots are highly recommended, due to some mud and slippery rock faces.

Great hike, a pretty sustained incline. Went further up to Taylor lodge for a turnaround spot. Saw lots of salamanders along the trail, which kept my kids engaged. A little muddy still. Fairly popular, so you’re definitely coming into contact with other people on this trail.

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2 days ago

Great hike and amazing view

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2 days ago

Absolutely love Silver Lake! Very easy hike and beautiful views

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bugs
muddy
2 days ago

Great trail with plenty to see along the hike to a great view. Some mud in spring but manageable and well maintained.

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muddy
2 days ago

A very fun trail! Not too difficult though very steep for some stretches (made much easier with trekking poles). Lots of signage makes it easy to follow even through overlap with other trails. Muddy areas and several brook crossings but most had rocks/wood to walk over. Nice and shady for the majority of the trail. Not many bugs for a mid morning hike. Very rocky at the top - our pup slipped around a few times so be cautious if you’re bringing a canine companion but definitely a cool reward for your climb! We couldn’t seem to find any clearings for a nice landscape shot near the top like many photos I’ve seen from this trail. Looks like we’ll have to try again and keep looking for that spot!

Took seven kids up this, it was hot day but we still did it. The view is awesome the hike was challenging in some spots but we all made it! Very rocky and roots! On the harder side but was still doable. I’m not sure how to get to the waterfall but would like to go back and find it one of these days!

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3 days ago

Beautiful in-town trail, quiet and pretty. The trail starts at the far right end of the school athletic field. The entrance is marked by a trail sign. You can do the short loop or longer loop with a small Southwest view at the top and East view further down. Well marked!

Rocky ascend. Awesome views of Stowe town and Lake Champlain on the other side at sunset. Highly recommended for one of the best fall foliage view

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3 days ago

Great Trail! Beginning was a little weird going under the tunnel but it was short, after that it was a beautiful hike! Lots of water and mixed terrain. Overall a great hike. Good lookout about a mile before the actual summit but summit is still beautiful with the tree line!

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muddy
3 days ago

Lovely hike with beautiful woods and vistas. Rock was a bit slippery after the rain but no signs of winter on the trail. Amazing views from the fire tower. Pretty easy going, the most accessible to all fitness levels of the Worcester range. Plenty of kids and dogs up there this weekend. Beware, we startled a bear cub and its mama was surely nearby; keep your pups on leash and make some noise.

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4 days ago

Great trail! I recommend going up the ridge trail and down the shorter trail. Beautiful views from the water tower! No ice or snow and only slightly muddy today. Lots of dogs!

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rocky
4 days ago

Found this trail to be challenging with a steady and climb all the way up with spectacular views at the top. Will definitely be back again to do the other trail.

This hike is by far one of my favorites! Also perfect for hiking with kids. We start and go up Faulkner, and then go down the old carriage trail. Going up is fairly flat and then towards the top a little rocky but nothing crazy. And it’s only for a few minutes like that. This app says moderate but I wold rate it easy. It’s not steep. My boyfriend carried our 4 month old. My daughter who’s hiked it at the age of 3,6,7 wearing a dress and carrying two Barbies the first time. Definitely pack a lunch, and enjoy the view for a few. It’s dry and no ice on the Faulkner trail, and carriage trail. Highly recommend going out to eat after at “The White Cottage” down the road. They have the dankest fish and chips! And the staff where friendly and just awesome! Happy hiking! Enjoy your 2020 quarantine hiking and enjoying Nature, not thinking about it!

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4 days ago

Life changing!!!!! — NOBO Hobbit 2018

Great views today from the West peak, West Peak Vista, North Peak, and Gus's Lookout. I'm very out of shape, so it was a little difficult coming down with a dog who pulls. We had five kids, aged 10-13, who navigated and climbed with no issues.

I felt this hike was rated correctly as moderate. There were a couple of small streams to hop across, but there were adequate rocks so I didn't get my feet wet. It was steep in parts, but not too strenuous. The lookout was great, the view of the lake was awesome! The summit was just okay, in my opinion.

Just a great hike all around. Nice views, plenty to look at and a good variety of forest and terrain. The trail can be a bit narrow in places which proved a bit tough with passing groups during COVID, but everyone did their best and most were very friendly.

Awesome trail

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rocky
4 days ago

Overall an amazing hike. Pay close attention to the map because it is very easy to get off trail onto who knows what and where trail(s). Can be buggy in some places today was chilly so they weren't to bad, but inwould suspect on hotter days it is pretty buggy. Some sections were very muddy, but there were visible alternatives. LOTS of people we managed to get there for 9am and got a great parking spot. Lots of dog people and yay for everyone respecting the leash rule, THANK YOU! Made walking my dog much easier. The loop was great the view at the hotel outlook was breath taking and well worth the hassle on the loop. with the loop and a few off beaten paths we totaled a 6 mile loop and a break at the outlook for an overall 4.5 hour trip. Go early and on a clear day, lots of shade on the trail!

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rocky
4 days ago

Over all great hike, part of the loop was not well marked. If you decide to do the whole loop keep your eye on the map. Easy to get off trail

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