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Nice quick hike. View from the tower is nice.

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1 month ago

This is always a nice hike, easy to get to, amazing views of the fall foliage this time of year.

This was a quick and fun hike. We parked at the Hogback Mountain overlook and parking area then started the short climb up to the fire tower. The trail cuts through several old ski slopes and ski lift structures can be seen in the surrounding woods. The fire tower at the top is very fun to climb up and offers great views in all directions. We got to see some lovely variation in color for October. After completing the hike you can stop into Metcalfe’s Distillery for a tasting or head to the Beer Naked Brewery or gift shop nearby.

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2 months ago

A quick hike, takes me 15-20mins to get to the top. Great Mt Laurel mid summer in bloom on both sides of path. Great blueberries for picking also in late July early August. One of my favorite hikes. So many spots you can sit and take in the view at the top. You can see Mt Monadnock, Brattleboro in the valley, and Mt Snow. Best time to be up there is sunset!

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private property
2 months ago

This is the Black Mountain Trail from access from Black Mountain Road. It is moderate and wide and groomed. Dogs are allowed and there are lovely views from the rock at the top. This is much easier than the Black Mountain Trail accessed from Rice Farm Road.

on Sunset Trail

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over grown
2 months ago

I was hopeful about this trail after reading the reviews. It is easy, quick, but with only one tiny peek-a-boo view (Sunrise Trail). What is disappointing about this trail, that others reported, is that it is not well groomed. Sticks and branches litter the beginning of the trial, then the tree roots. I am not bothered by the tree roots, but when it is hard to determine if branches or tree roots are in your path, your awareness is caught up with staying safe rather than the trees in front of you.

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bugs
2 months ago

This is not the Sunset Trail but the Sunrise Trail. This can be confusing when establishing your bearings. Small trail with a scenic vista. Lovely hemlock forest along part of the path.

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3 months ago

Good for any level hiker and all ages. Mostly flat. Not particularly well groomed but trail is well marked. Good casual hike.

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3 months ago

As a local I enjoy having this quick 20 minute walk to the summit around, especially during blueberry season. However, the view is mediocre for Vermont (mostly obscured by trees). I felt bad the last time I was there because I met some hikers who came all the way from Boston to do this hike and they were clearly dissapointed.

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muddy
5 months ago

Great trail! Very steep, so expect a good workout! Several other climbs after the summit. Follow the trail markers!

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snow
7 months ago

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9 months ago

Short hike, just over a mile with incredible views of mountains and the Connecticut river

Was killing time in Brattleboro and decided to pass the time by hiking this little trail. Wasn't a bad little hike!

11 months ago

Nice easy trail

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Tue Aug 14 2018

Great trail, even better when the sun came out

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Wed Aug 01 2018

This morning I hiked up from Rice Farm Rd. Great hike. But from the top there is a little "hut" that had a trail down the back. There were a couple of white signs along that trail that said it was private property but hiking allowed. I cant seem to find any maps with that trail on it. I eventually came out on Black Mountain Rd. (fortunately my wife texted me shortly after I got down and she came and returned me to my car. BUT the top half of that trail was the most spectacular environment I've hiked in Vermont ever!

Pretty forest and some variety of trail with some boulders and rock at the top. . Interesting abandoned structures at top. No real great views or sense of arriving at the top. Some good steep parts for cardio. Very well marked. Very lightly traveled. I almost never see another person and hike here regularly as it is very near my house. Good in snow—trail is clear.

fun hike with some partial views of Monadnock.

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Mon Apr 23 2018

Some parts still snowy, but the loop is such a fun hike!

Very nice hike, beautiful view at the top. Steep but doable. At this time of the year it was hard to find a fairly dry trail and was great.

great loop trail...great workout

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Sat Aug 05 2017

Please be sure to see the comment below from Anthony Scott. There are TWO different trails that people are reviewing here. The trail that leaves from Rice Farm Rd. at the West River is steep with some rocks and roots. Small children will find this a tough climb. I'd say most 3rd graders would handle it, depnding on the amount of exertion they are willing to undertake. I had some middle schoolers who were not willing to finish it. The second trail that people are describing here, thinking it is the only one, leaves from the trailhead on Black Mtn. Road. There is a rail fence and entry there. That trail goes to a separate peak. The trail is wide, ascends very gradually, is well-groomed, and leads to very nice views....much better than on the peak farther to the northwest. If you have a family and prefer a shorter, gradual climb with good views, THIS is the one you want. Of course, as Anthony said, you could just do the whole loop!

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Thu Jul 20 2017

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Wed Jun 28 2017

Nice 2 hour hike. Elevation might be tough for kids, so wouldn't call it a family outing, unless you have kids who have done uphill trails before. Beautiful forest flora and fauna.

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Fri Mar 10 2017

nice light hiking trail. nice view at one point with picnic table. only downside is you can hear 91 at some points.

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Mon Oct 24 2016

This trail is lovely, easy and suitable for most ages and fitness levels. The views are great at the top and in the warmer seasons a great place to catch a sunset. You can see Monadnock if you're standing where the old cabin used to be. I did see that several people thought the views weren't that great. I completely disagree and I recommend walking around the rocky areas at the top for some less obstructed views. A little exploring goes a long way!This is a place where the Leave No Trace principle is sometimes ignored. Lots of carins in one spot along the trail and on our most recent hike we saw an "art installation" that an artist hung from a tree. This can be harmful to wildlife and it takes away from the being in nature experience for many. I'm all for expression through art, but please leave your "stamp" out of Mother Nature and let her show you her artistry.

There are two ways to access Black Mountain and it seems like some people are reviewing the shorter trail, while some people reviewing the trail listed here. Black Mountain is a horseshoe shape, with a peak at each end. The trail that is listed here (starting at Rice Farm Rd) is progressive for the first half, but pretty steep until it levels off on top. They are beautiful boulders everywhere and the trail is maintained very well. You can see Mountain Laurel and all different colors of granite on the way to the top. Black Mountain is a very unique environment to southern Vermont. In the summer there are blueberries and newts, and all sorts of fun things to see.The peak for the trail that is it listed on this site is rocky and surrounded by trees, but there are some very nice views of Mount Monadnock and of the other side of Black Mountain. At the top if you look around you'll find a trail that goes to the other side of the mountain and there is smaller peak along the way. This is a very nice trail. It will eventually connect with the other trail which is wider and more groomed, and is more traveled. You can access this from Black Mountain Road. This trail is shorter and can be done in about 30 minutes from the trailhead to the peak.The views here are very nice as you can see Mount Monadnock and all along the West River. There are also a lot of ways to bound down the giant rocks and boulders and do some fun exploring here. Where the Black Mountain Road trail takes a sharp turn toward the peak, there is another trail off to the right (facing uphill). This is also where you would connect if you came from the other side. If you take this trail and keep left it will go down a steep incline and will travel basically down through the inside of the horseshoe shape. There are fern forests, streams and waterfalls, old quarries with giant granite boulders balancing on one another, and ponds along this trail. It's very beautiful. Eventually this trail will meet up with the trail that is marked on this map (Rice Farm Rd), at the sign-in booth. If you do this entire loop, it will take a few hours but it is very fun and worth the trip. It is a good hike for people of all skill levels, and the trail leading off Black Mountain Road can be a very fun one for kids and families.

It was an easy trail compared to most. not much of view. Loads of mountain laurel in bloom

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Tue May 17 2016

I did the outer Sunset trail. it was really nice, labeled wnough, and there were picnic tables on the trail. plan to go back for a picnic dinner at sunset time.

Mon May 02 2016

Short, easy trail with a little view

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