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

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Totally worth the view up top! I didn’t make a loop, just went up and stayed left. Curious to try again and see if I can make a look up top.

Well maintained easy hike with some beautiful views.

on Snake Mountain

hiking
14 days ago

Fantastic hike. Stunning views at the top.

Nice hike without too much stress

I haven’t been here for a decade or more, but just as nice as I remembered, well marked and well maintained, a moderate lift to check out the heart. Pleasant walk in the woods.

walking
1 month ago

Nice area for a walk :) - the shelters another walker mentioned are for a kids camp (survival skills, roughing it, etc).

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate elevation. Good distance. Gr8 view.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hot summer day for a hike. With varied terrain and lots of shade, this was the perfect spot to beat the heat The trail is well maintained, but an occasional slippery rock caught us off guard on a couple of occasions.

on Snake Mountain

hiking
1 month ago

This is nice trail, but I warn you not to try to follow the loop to the right. The trail is poorly marked and there are many intersecting trails making it impossible to continue the loop. I went back and forth on several trails trying to get back on the loop shown in the alltrails map. I finally gave up and turned back. Luckily the app allowed me to track all my various attempts and get back to where the trail split.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, wonderful views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Very good trail. Well marked. Lots of small elevation changes but nothing too steep. I was slightly unnerved by the two different makeshift shelters in the middle of the woods (homeless??). Probably would not do this solo for that reason.

walking
2 months ago

Good for small kids and for a late walk. This can get very crowded from our experience! The view is very cool, and the trail is relatively covered throughout the entire hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Seriously fun trail! The 1st mile is both very pretty as well as fairly strenuous depending on your pace. Great work out for those looking for a good out and back trail. The pond itself is very pretty. Take time to explore the waterfalls but be careful.

trail running
2 months ago

Great western view from the top. The east side of the loop is not marked and without a GPS we would have gotten lost. The trail map need updating.

hiking
2 months ago

I live five minutes from the base and hike this mountain weekly, either by myself or with family. I never tire of it. It’s a great hike but getting more crowded. (Note: if you don’t like encountering off-leash dogs avoid this trail, I’ve never seen a dog ON a leash, lol!)

A quick walk from parking area to trail head, and about 10 or so minutes to a culvert, travel a little bit farther, then when the trail comes to a T go LEFT.

Amazing views from the top. Some wet spots even if weather is dry. Some rocky sections but nothing too treacherous. Fun for kids and adults. About 45-50 minutes to the top. I think it’s a great hike with a good mix of terrain and a great reward at the summit.

*The much less traveled ‘falcon trail’ is off limits till August 1st, as a preservation during nesting. This trail is slightly shorter and more steep but by far my favorite. If you can wait till August it’s worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Made the mistake of hiking this trail with just a memory of the trail map - a simple loop, right? An easy, straightforward walk up the broad West and Summit Trails to the hotel foundation overlook.The track is 10 feet wide and clear of vegetation, and I inwardly laughed at some of the comments I'd read on this site about the lack of markers and people getting lost! At the summit, I loved the views west to the Adirondacks. Pity there's no plaque explaining the history of hotel and identifying the peaks and features seen to the west. I decided to descend via the loop along the obviously less traveled but clearly defined trail. No signs or markers, but occasional tracks of 4-wheel vehicle - that's how wide the trail is. It descends steeply but ends at a small pond surrounded by wetland vegetation and thick brush - with no sign of the trail exiting the far side! The pond being deep, I decided to bushwack round the right (west) side of the pond, cutting left in hopes of discovering the trail again. Instead, I came upon a well-worn single track running SW along a wooded ridge to where it overlooks a much larger pond. Looking down, I couldn't see any trails along the pond, and my trail doubled back NW away from the pond. After a while it seemed to be leading back towards that first, smaller pond. so I reversed back to the 2nd pond and descended the bluff to the right, W, side of the pond. (A better memory - or a trail map! - would have led me to the left, E, side of the pond!) Then I bushwacked South, hoping to intersect the Pond Single Track/Fast Trail. Instead, I eventually hit the Summit Trail!
A bit of an adventure, and a lesson to always bring a trail map to a new area! However, the lack of any trail markers, particularly along the Ridge Trail and Pond Single Track was a surprise on such a well-visited and "family-safe" hill. On the way back down the Summit Trail I advised several ascending parties enjoying their late afternoon stroll to the top to descend by this same trail and not try the Pond Single Track loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Oh my god the view is so awesome!!

It was a good little hike. Trail was easy to navigate albeit still a little muddy in some spots. Little buggy but not bad and to be expected. Took about 35 minutes to get up, less than 20 going down.

Great hike... really buggy during May

5/22/2018

Wonderful trail.

First half is very steep - for me, the moderate rating was a little misleading with respect to the difficulty of the first half.

Still and all, when it levels out, the overall moderate rating is probably right.

Very peaceful - I was there from about 900am-1130am and didn’t see another human.

Highly recommend but don’t underestimate that climb on the first half.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was pretty muddy and buggy, but the beautiful view at the top was worth it! Pretty steady incline up all the way, but a short hike

hiking
5 months ago

I went during our winter in April weekend and it was absolutely beautiful with the trees frozen and the hint of snow covering it. Arriving at the bridge about 1/4 mile or so up was great due to the higher water level, the stream and falls were stunning. *About another 1/4 to .5 of a mile up, you have to cross the stream and there is no bridge. The water was to high for me to even attempt to cross it due to the rocks being icy.* I had to obviously turn around. It would be great if a foot bridge could be built over that crossing point. Overall, a great peaceful hike. I will definitely be back.

11 months ago

No indications on where the trails are and where they get you to. Thanks to my iPhone and this app. I was able to get back to my car without having to camp overnight on the mountain. No joke.

11 months ago

Great hike for those who aren't look for a full day hike or anything rugged. The top is a great place to have a picnic because of the flat cement surface

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Going up there were a few switchbacks but throughout the trail there were some flat areas. The view from the top is amazing. We saw the entire area laid out in front of us. Going down was or favorite part. If you go more right you will pick up the yellow trail which brings you down via the pond and there is another wonderful view from there. If you go down by the pond you do not have the switchbacks and it is a very relaxing trail. Highly recommended

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Great climb, beautiful view of the lake and New York.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

My husband and I tried to do the loop indicated on the All Trails map. Making it to the lookout point was relatively simple (west side of the loop). We then tried to finish the east side. This trail wasn't just poorly marked - it wasn't marked AT ALL! We had to use our phone's GPS and the app to estimate where the trail *would* have been. Once we found the connection to the east side, it was okay.

I do not recommend this full loop if you don't want to do some orienteering. The out-and-back to the lookout is great. We saw lots of families with happy children on the way to the lookout!

Monday, August 07, 2017

This was a relatively easy hike for me and the kiddos. We brought lunch and ate at a gorgeous lookout point.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This trail is great for a short summer hike. The trail starts off with a steep ascent for the first third or so of the way but levels off into a comfortable walk afterwards. The shades from the trees provide a welcomed break from the heat of the sun for most of the trail. The view of the pond will largely depend on the amount of rain. If it has been raining a lot, donot expect to be able to get a clear view of the pond.

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