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2 days ago

It’s a really beautiful view. But the last 0.3 miles or so is mostly a washed out trail with quite a bit of overgrowth.

Good hike run with little elevation

Nice trail with a few waterfalls. There were limited views due to cloud cover today. Nice elevation gain. I’ll sleep well tonight.

Trail is very well maintained and well marked. We had a nice breeze blowing all day. Very foggy so we didn’t have any view at the top. Made it to the summit in 2 hours. I’d rank this moderate overall.

Great trail!! It’s my starter hike every year.

no bugs, even for my bug-susceptible husband. Went early/arrived at 730 and it was COVID-Concern free, as there were only 2 others coming down as we were going up. Idyllic and completely thawed. Been there many to.es before. 45 degrées ascending, 65 coming down (as everyone and there mother, including out of NJ, NJ, New York and Mass***** arriving.

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bridge out
bugs
over grown
5 days ago

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over grown
5 days ago

Great hike! It’s a moderate/hard with some intense ascends, but fun and worth to sit at the West Peak view. The summit is a disappointment even with the observation tower. I would do it again just to hang out at the West Peak which offers stunning views of other mountains.

hiking
7 days ago

Perfect little walk situated behind downtown Montpelier. Usually quite a few other hikers and bikers around. Beautiful green quad and old stone tower at the peak. Also places to stop and eat picnic along the way. Dog friendly - kid friendly. One of my backyard favorites.

Amazing hike straight up for 2 miles.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
8 days ago

Parked at the LT/AT trailhead and hiked up from there. Great hike up, pretty dry. Had great views from the tower. Hike down to the pond was very snowy still, it was stable to walk on in some areas and crazy deep post holing in others but we had a blast and the streams and moss were beautiful. Crampons were not needed as it was mostly snow and not so much ice. Stratton pond was gorgeous, we saw some nests or salamanders and heard the loons. Wish we had planned to stay the night camping! Hike back to the road was very muddy. Walked along the road less than a mile back to the car. Slept well that night!

Very well marked trail, it gets pretty rocky and narrow at some points, but this is a good go to trail

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muddy
12 days ago

This trail is frustrating for me. Every time you make an assent, there seems to be a descent of about half the elevation. By the time you summit you have probably added an extra 1500 feet of elevation with the roller coaster climb. The trail was muddy, and somewhat overgrown. It took me four hours to go up but I am not in great shape and 59 years old. My neighbors who are half my age and in very good shape said it took them two hours.

This trail was a fun challenge. There was a lot of uphill riding, and it got pretty rocky in some parts, but overall it was manageable for a moderately skilled rider, and had some great views and nice scenery

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blowdown
muddy
snow
13 days ago

Good hike. Left my car at the trailhead for Stratton Pond Trail and walked the 0.9 mi to the LT/AT trailhead. Gradual up was fine until ice and snow near the top. All clouded in at the summit so a trip up the fire tower was worthless early in the day. The hike down to Stratton Pond was frankly quite treacherous with lots of ice and often deep snow... falling in knee deep or higher at points. Probably will be fine in a week or so I'm assuming. Stratton Pond (more the size of a lake) was truly awesome. Saw two loons out on the water. Hike back out to Kelley Stand Road is easy and pretty level but was laden with terrible mud. Trip would have been better in dryer weather.

Well maintained, open trail. Signs suggest social distancing with others and local dogs and cats.

I'm hesitant to review this trail because I consider it one of the best kept secrets in the area. Beautiful view at the top of little Ascutney. Not traveled very much - i've hiked this trail a handful of times and have not seen another car in the parking lot. Very beautiful and serene, decent wildlife - but load up on the permethrin: lots of ticks.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
22 days ago

Tried this with the whole family. (Two adults, 13 year-old, 12 year-old, 2-1/2 year-old). Was a gradual climb at first and then got rockier and more difficult. It was beautiful and had plenty on the way to keep our kids invested, including our two year-old. There were areas we had to help her/carry her, but she was able to get to the overlook on her own aside from those few spots. She loved the challenge! Lots of bugs, very limited parking so bring spray and go early if you can. Follow the advice they give for younger kids... changed/dry, fed, well rested and they’ll love it. Don’t go with a kid who is close to rest time or hasn’t eaten. We did NOT make the summit, not even close, but we hiked for a few hours and still saw a lot of beautiful sites. We left feeling accomplished.

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