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Hiked up yesterday in 100% snow. Conditions were excellent, sunny and low traffic. Trails were well travelled and easy to follow. I think by next weekend it'll be full on mud season though, and not advisable to use the delicate trails.

hiking
2 days ago

Trails are still covered in soft spring snow, I found microspikes and poles helpful. Great afternoon hike!

Great hike short but beautiful views!

Definitely not the easiest and in mud season even a little tricky at times with the dog and kiddos. But such a good steep hike, and worth the trip. My kids have officially climbed a mountain!

Did this beautiful hike, more if a trek, in early March on snowshoes. Very enjoyable and serene with Stevenson Brook runnig next to the trail the majority of the way. Came across one other person on cross country skis.

Wet snow remains on the trails, a little slippery going down hill, and the trails are marked well. I did not need micro spikes or snowshoes. Appropriately rated, an easy walk/hike in the woods. The access road is in great shape!

amazing views!

hiking
15 days ago

Ok trail and pretty clean. No real challenge though. Definitely a beginner trail. Take the trail to the Hamilton Falls trail head and it’s an awesome hike. Cool views from Dam.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful location. Great for a quick hike. Trails are well maintained and clean.

Unfortunately when I went there was lots of trash at the parking area. I tried to pick up some.

I dont live in the area but would return often if I did.

great winter hike! well marked trails, fairly steep in sections. wish I'd brought the trekking poles. micro spikes were a must. glad we chose this trail instead of the falling waters trail in the whites, as a storm system was coming in. even though there were no views at the top, the falling snow was magical. partially frozen waterfall was spectacular.

I’m going to have to check this place out. For obvious reasons. I’ll come back and update after I’ve seen it.

Nice trail! Some steep parts, only reason I took a star away was for the amount of trash littered all over including used tampons… the trail head said 1.7 mi, Alltrails says 3.3 and my fit bit tracker said 3.9. Nice view at the top!

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked it the other weekend. What a great trail. deffinitly recommend a winter hike up it if you haven't!

excellent! Took us 3 hours and had excellent views.

The trail condition was somewhat difficult today, the snow was semi hard and the path has been trampled, so hard with snowshoes. Was a beautiful day though and not too windy nor cold ! Long walk from the winter parking to the beginning of the trail. Will try again this summer !

snowshoeing
1 month ago

This was a great snowshoe trail but tough in deep snow. We can't wait to come back in the late spring and hike it.

Pretty easy until the last quarter of a mile, nice views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts off easy, the grade then becomes moderate, and after that it reaches an overlook with good views east. From there it is a steep and rocky (but short) climb to the summit, which has a fire tower with excellent views in all directions. The descent route passes several overlooks, as well as Balanced Rock.

Trails clearly marked. Even with the snow we’ve had there was a well defined path. Only made it to cascade falls due to daylight so will definitely have to come back to summit.

Poorly marked for hiking in the snow, overall pretty challenging hike, but totally worth it at the top.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

short hike with beautiful views. one of my favorite local hikes. top pick when driving back to the area from boston. can make the hike longer by hiking north or south on the AT. great pub at the bottom to end the hike. very deep snow today. track was broken up to deer overlook. had to break trail along the AT and it was difficult because very little use over the winter

Fairly easy hike, the gorge is pretty interesting, it’s known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-89.

Nice, short hike, steep at points, but the falls are worth it. This trail is fairly popular, but there are other, less crowded cascades nearby that you can explore.

Mount Philo is definitely a crowd pleaser. It’s short and not too strenuous- which makes it an excellent trail for families. We hiked it in the snow and the parking lot was still nearly full - it’s very popular! We used our crampons during the last leg of the hike as it was a bit icy.

Absolutely gorgeous winter hike! I went with a local friend who hikes this trail frequently. The trail was still very well marked aside from the very top .5 mile where it crosses some ski runs. I would say it is mostly of moderate difficulty, with only the top section being "hard". As always in winter be prepared with plenty of layers, it got quite warm in the forest on this sunny March day but at the summit we needed our heavy coats. We needed poles and wore Yak Tracks or similar traction devices the entire hike, switching to actual spikes/crampons once at the cabin as from then on the trail is solid ice.

Watch out for stray skiers and have fun!

We went in February (5 teenage kids and 3 adults). There was still some snow and ice on the ground which made the hike a bit treacherous in places. A pretty hard hike getting to the top, we had problems finding the markings, but that could of been because we were trying to avoid patches of snow and ice. I wouldn’t recommend little kids for this hike. The view from the top made the hike worth it. Would do it again in warmer weather!

hiking
1 month ago

The first half is all up hill, more than I anticipated. At the summit you can’t see anything, unless you climb up the fire tower. I was expecting some sort of clearing at the top. The overall hike was very muddy and slippery. Decent and well marked, but wouldn’t do it again.

great loop trail...great workout

hiking
2 months ago

For the southern VT Marlboro Hogback: Temperatures were mild so we took the family out for an afternoon hike. Kids are 10-8-6. We went out Douglas to Link and over Little Hogback and then up to summit of Hogback in about 1:20 moving at a pretty slow pace for the little ones in the snow. We came back on White loop and back to the parking for a total time of about 2:10. No major vistas from the summits but plenty of variety in vegetation along the way was nice. Trail markings were generally good. It was a little thin on top of Little Hogback. Will go back again in summer.

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