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

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.

2 days ago

This forest is absolutely beautiful.
Such a nice walk with kids.
Not made a for stroller though.

9 days ago

Nice walk in the woods!

1 month ago

A fun nice and easy trail. It would be great for kids as it has a sugar house and a cool gnome tree.

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.

2 months ago

Really nice nature walk lots of bridges and great trails!

3 months ago

Nice, easy trek with lots of options! Great for kids.

on Smugglers Notch Trail

trail running
3 months ago

Loved it . It was challenging and fun.

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.

5 months ago

Great, easy loop! Plenty of options to make the trip shorter or longer as you choose.

Nice winter hike. Snowshoes are probably recommended.

fantastic fall hiking

8 months ago

Good for me and my 12 year old daughter, even in a bit of rain. Didn’t see any wildlife.

Perfect hike! Meandering trail. Lots of ponds, rivers, flowers, moss, trees. I was smiling the whole time. First 1/4 really easy trek, next 1/2 somewhat challenging uphill with rocks, then last 1/4 easy again. No real 'peak' with a view, but still an amazing hike. Would do again.

8 months ago

Easy walk in an enchanted forest. A beautiful meadow to have a picnic.

Moderate. Beautiful. My companions who wore sneakers weren't happy, but I was fine with boots. One steep climb. Ends at Taylor Lodge.

Easy hike with good views

Nice on a rainy day, the falls were particulary great.

9 months ago

This trail was impossible to find...for me anyway. I ended up walking along an abandoned logging road for a while until I found a deer path that eventually connected with ccc road and maple ridge trail (right where it said tear drop would intersect them). Nothing was marked or maintained. I did maple ridge the rest of the way up and that trail was amazing.

Good hike for older kids. My 5 years old girl struggled a little bit. Well marked. The view of the lake and the waterfall (Small one) was very nice.

dog friendly, well maintained planks and bridges to keep you out of the mud and water

The parking lot you'll start at is the Pinnacle Meadow lot. There are signs for it further down the hill. A high clearance vehicle is a good idea. The walk is rather crowded until the trail splits from the Stowe Pinnacle, which is where it seems most people are going. The trail coming from the Upper Hollow Rd trailhead seems more crowded overall.

After that split I saw nobody on the trail when I did it. The trail splits again where you see the sharp bend on the map with another trail going toward Hunger Mt to the south. The false summit has some nice views and there was another small gap around that area just a few yards from the trail with nice NW views. The summit itself has a fantastic 180 view opening to the east.

It was nice but I was expecting more but it is great for all skill levels as well as biking and is strollerable and dog friendly but pooches must be leashed and clean up your scat. I was thinking there was more scenic stuff on this trail.

Nice trail. Met a lot of people with their dogs. Beautiful day for a hike like this one. Some great views once you get to the top. If you don't want to meet a lot of people don't go here.

10 months ago

Very nice for the family.

Lovely hike out & back with young families. Our 4-year old could have technically hiked the whole thing, but his pace would have kept us out longer than we had time for. We especially had fun exploring the rock cave and climbing up the ladder on the "rough" trail. Taylor lodge was the perfect spot to contain mobile kiddos while we ate a snack before descending. With a 4-year old, 15month old and 6 month old plus pup it took 4 hours round trip, snack included. Def would recommend!

Beautiful hike with waterfalls and babbling brooks along the way. Moderate hike with a large portion being uphill. There are areas where it's quite muddy but it's not difficult to maneuver through, lots of rocks to use as stepping stones. Rockier in some spots than I anticipated (even though it's listed as rocky). No bugs when we hiked but I recommend having bug spray on hand because it's seems like the perfect environment for deer fly and mosquitos. Taylor Lodge is at the top and is pretty cool. FOR OUT-OF-STATERS.. we've had lots of rain here in VT which is the reason for all the mud and i'm assuming accounts for the excessive waterfalls, streams and brooks so I'm not sure if this review will be accurate if the rain ever stops and we get a real VT summer.

Very difficult especially in muddy conditions. We hiked to Pinnacle then skyline to mount Hunger. There were 7 of us ranging from 14-61 all physically fit and we found it exhausting. Younger folks moved more quickly but loose rocks and roots made it difficult for older folks to move as fast. Walking poles help with the descent. Started at 9:00 AM and finished around 4:30 PM. Ate lunch on Mount Hunger and spent about 20 minutes there. Bring jackets and bug spray. Met young woman using this route to train for the long trails. She described it as technical. Beautiful vistas but can see these either at Mount Hunger or Pinnacle. Skyline is in the woods mostly.

Nice, moderate trail. As you approach via car, there are lots of private property signs. Keep going. Just as you begin to lose hope there is public parking, you will see a small sign on the right directing you up a steep hill to public parking and the trail head. No stunning views but nice waterfall and beaver dams.

11 months ago

Good short hike , they had warnings of bears.

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