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Great hike. We took the Long Trail to Profanity to the summit, then traversed the summit ridge to the Nose, and descended Haselton. Fantastic loop.

The Long Trail up is a beautiful trail, with a nice mix of dirt paths, stream crossings, and rocky ascents. Profanity, well I let a bunch of profanities fly on this steep, narrow, rocky ascent to the summit. Challenging but very fun. I don’t recommend descending Profanity, but a number of people were.

The summit views are unparalleled on a clear day. We were able to see the Adirondacks, Mt. Washington, and probably Canada. Gorgeous.

I drank about 4-5 liters on the hike, so either carry that with you or bring a filter - there are plenty of streams to fill up at along the way. Also, bring a first aid kit just in case - I cut my thumb on sharp rocks on Profanity.

All in all, a fantastic hike with bird song, views, and loads of wildflowers along the ridge between the Nose and Chin.

1.5 hours to Taylor Lodge and back. Great moderate hike, some steep rock steps, good views.

This hike is really beautiful... amazing views from the top and it’s all shaded in a forest on the way there. A few things; VERY dog friendly. This was really nice because most of the East Coast doesn’t allow dogs to be off leash while they hike, so for someone from the West this trail was a breath of fresh air. There is NO WATER. No lakes, creeks, streams, nothing. Bring your own. Finally, I would classify this trail as heavily trafficked, at least on the weekends. It is basically straight up and then straight down so bring your hiking poles if you have them. Happy trails!

Nice shaded rocky trail up to Taylor Lodge. When you get to the lodge take a quick left up to the lookout over the valley for a beautiful view.

22 days ago

Beautiful views- I would rate this as an easy hike- took some friends that are beginner hikers and it was perfect for them. Views are fantastic and you will be greeted by two friendly Golden retrievers at the top! So yes very dog friendly hike!

Yes. Silly signs about private property

23 days ago

Nice trail - came in from the Stowe Meadow Trail (new, half mile shorter, slabbing across the hill to meet up w Stowe Pinnacle Trail). Very busy. Many dogs. No biting insects today (only one moth noticed ). Very cool 50 - 60 w incoming showers. Rich northern hardwoods - many trillium and other wildflowers in the understory (but the blooms in the woods mostly stopped when the leaves filled out a month ago). Still clintonia, Canada mayflower, bunchberry and goldthread blooming up on the Wooster Range (Skyline Trail) where spring still reigns at solstice tide. Winter wrens, juncos and white-throated sparrows on Pinnacle (above small vista). 360 view including Breadloaf in Ripton north up to Elmore and Lowell. Mont Owls Head in QC peeking up. The trail from the Pinnacle up to the Skyline Trail on Hogback is much less trafficked. Excellent condition. Steeper, rocky, interesting, sporting. Small rock shelter near top. ~130 feet north (left) on Skyline Trail is a tiny side path to a small vista with a view north up the range. Swainson’s thrushes and black-polled warblers. Deep mosses. Moose and coyote scat from last winter.

We were thankful to the previous reviewer who told us not to give up hope on the public parking at the end of the road. Just when we despaired we were entering a private address, the parking lot appeared on the right. I was glad to have my hiking boots for the wet rocky area. The waterfall and notch were nice and the trail easy to follow. I would have given it another star if it weren't for the first part of the trail that followed the lodge and the seemingly ridiculous amount of signs reminding you that it bordered private property. We did experience bugs, so take the bug spray.

it's a lot of steep climbing but we'll marked and popular on weekends. if you're an infrequent hiker it will be a challenge but not overly so. well worth the effort for us.

1 month ago

Great views at the top! It was a little buggy but to be expected, meeting the two mountain dogs Baylor and Samson was awesome they hiked up with us! They got along great with our dog. Would hike this again!

Fun easy trail with lots of stairs. Close to town and fun to do!

Beautiful day climbing stowe pinnacle trail. An easy/moderate challenge with rewarding 360 views at the top. We were met by golden retrievers Sampson and Baylor. We gave them GREAT BIG HUGS and some water.

Beautiful & challenging hike with amazing views at the top

I came straight down the gondola path and had to navigate a 20 ft waterfall. Killed my quads.

1 month ago

Nice wet, cool, muddy trek on this day. It wasn't too annoying though and we lucked out on top. It was a very cloudy day but we get a 5 min break in the action which allowed for awesome views down into the valley. We didn't get the expansive views others have described so we'll just have to return. We descended via the Meadow trail option to the other parking lot. That trail was actually closed (sign down at the trailhead). It turned out that was the dryer option. All good, I ran down the road to get the car and came back to fetch my fellow hikers. Just do it!

The Stowe Pinnacle is an easier trail that provides inspiring views once one arrives at the top. Perfect view of Mount Mansfield to the west, and a sweeping view of the large valley to the south, including Waterbury Reservoir miles in the distance. Much of the elevation gain is made on rocky steps that provide good footing. I've seen many families with young children tackling this hike.

Note that the trailhead has been moved to Barnes visitor center. Great trails, but still some snow about 3000ft that was annoying. Amazing scramble to get to summit. Really like this introduction to the VT 4k.

1 month ago

Really nice hike. Trail was mostly dry with a few muddy sections, though not difficult to pass. Pinnacle summit was stunning with lots of rocks to climb for multiple views.
Did not bring my dog but encountered many along the way, would definitely say the trail is easy for them. Loved meeting Baylor and Samson, the local dogs at the top.
Went along the skyline trail for a bit (not all the way to Mt. Hunger) but did not find it that nice. Overall not too demanding but still swore at myself during some steep sections.

Currently closed for Mud Season. Signage is posted at trailhead.

2 months ago

Perfect hike up in the unseasonably warm weather today. The trail was mostly dry until closer to summit where there was some snow and ice, I was glad I brought crampons! If you see Baylor and Sampson, two golden retrievers who can regularly be found the trail, give them a big hug!!

Did this in February on snowshoes. Lots of snow, beautiful and peaceful. Has a few steeper spots for short periods but always levels out to let you catch breath. No view at top but beautiful wooded surroundings with brook along the way.

3 months ago

It was a nice hike but it was difficult to navigate the trails. They go by different colours (red, yellow and blue) but the map only shows orange and yellow. We found our way in the “free section” of the mountain but it wasn’t clear from the Adams camp map. When you go above Haul Road you need a day pass to use these trails.

3 months ago

Great hike! Didn’t need spikes, but there were some slippery slopes.
Also, Don’t eat the yellow snow

Starts off easy, gets steeper, with a few stone staircases, the grade eases at the end. There are great, 360 degree views on the summit, stretching up and down the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range. The last time I went, it was 85 degrees (on Memorial Day Weekend) so it was far less enjoyable. However, it is generally an excellent hike.

Spikes, my two kids, two dogs, amazing view from summit.

on Smugglers Notch Trail

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4 months ago

Loved it . It was challenging and fun.

4 months ago

Icy (wear spikes) but fun to slide on the way down! Super windy at the peak.

Incredible views. Best hike I have done on the east coast yet!

We hiked with microspikes and it was Great! We stopped just below the chin because of poor visibility. Tried to go up Profanity, but after just 5 or so minutes, the trail was unbroken and very deep snow instead.

Nice trail with some terrific views, we met lots of people hiking or skiing on the trail, also three groups of ice climbers in the notch, nice relaxing day in the notch highly recommend.

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