Explore the most popular trail running 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.

this was my favorite hike all year. the top reminded me of the Himalayas a little bit.

trail running
18 days ago

Great for a morning run. Pretty views. A few small hills but nothing crazy. I just ran the southernmost 2.5 miles of it.

We met a group via Meetup and enjoyed seeing a new trail through someone else's guide. We just followed along on a 12.5 mile hike from Smugglers notch to Sterling pond, Madonna summit and Whitedace summit with a stop at Bear Hollow shelter. Nice hike, we met some cool hikers and then did Camels jump the next day.

My gps clocked it at 2 miles each way. Good little hike, lots of off leash dogs. Took about 2 hours with my pup.

Beautiful and quick hike. About two hours, round trip

road biking
20 days ago

Rented bikes from Mountain Ops & rode all the way to downtown Stowe with family of 5. Very scenic easy ride but a lot of pedestrian traffic (nearly run off the path more than once). Some spots were pretty narrow (bridges & underpass) but path was pretty & well marked. Lots of places to stop and explore along the way to Town. Corn maze, Farmer’s market, Pie-Casso, the recreation path was well connected to the places you want to go! Save some energy for the ride back from Stowe, it seemed more uphill than down (or I was just tired from dragging the tandem behind me).

22 days ago

Really only for mountain biking. We felt very unsafe hiking here.

Looked great for mountain biking, though!

Quick Intensive hike,

23 days ago

Great 2-3 hr hike depending on your ability. A few areas of steep climbing but worth the gorgeous view at the top of the valley. Start early to avoid the crowd and bring a snack or lunch for a break at the top.

23 days ago

Nice in-town trail but very busy - even on a weekday.

26 days ago

This is an excellent walking trail, and if your intentions are to walk and see wildlife peacefully, make sure to take the Quiet Side trail (if beginning from the downtown Stowe area). I have been here a few times, and have seen many beavers and other animals along this path. The views are great too!

27 days ago

Not easy for 65+. Some steep climbs that concerned us regarding return trip so we cut our hike short. Up to that point, really enjoyed the first part.

This is more a paved bike/walk trail than a hiking trail. We vaca with our dog and I walk this with him from our room on the Mountain Road to the various shops and restaurants. This trail is not about the view, rather, it's being able to get around areas of Stowe without walking alongside the road.

This is the perfect hike if you only have 2-3 hours but still want a good workout and great view. The incline is pretty steady throughout; you don’t get too many breaks, and the last half mile is rocky (but we love that). Took some nice panoramic shots at the top. Highly recommend.

Great hike but be aware that it’s a scramble. The person in a group that started in front of us with sandals and a baby in a backpack turned back after five yards. What was she thinking? Much of this hike is a scramble and you don’t want to lose your footing. But it’s fun and rewarding if you are in shape.

This trail does require a bit of patience (it took about 2.5 hours to reach the peak in the wintertime. It was, however, well worth it: you are afforded a great view of the valley (you can see the chin, Mt. Mansfield, in the distance).

1 month ago

Nice hike with some hills and rocks at top. Beautiful views!

Nice trail with some challenging uphill climbs. Heavily trafficked so get there early to avoid large crowds at the summit.

Beautiful and easy walking trail. We did 6 miles out and back (3 each way). It was a great recovery walk after doing The Long Trail to the Chin the day before.

1 month ago

Nice trail with beautiful views at the top. It was crowded though. The summit area is not very large and there were so many people up there that it was difficult to find space to sit and enjoy the view.

1 month ago

Was a challange for my crew but we made it to the top was so worth it!

mountain biking
1 month ago

I loved it! The only flaw is that for me I had no idea where to turn around and the constant background noise. Other than that, it was incredible!!!!

Loved this hike. Had my 9 and 11 year old daughters with me. We had a blast. A few tough spots for the girls, but they made it through.

My favorite day hike in Vermont! A relatively short hike, most of this trail isn't very steep. There are 2 or 3 rock "scrambles" along the way, but mostly it's an enjoyable hike for some spectacular views at the summit.
This trail can get very crowded though so try and do it on a weekday or in the winter (even better views!)

1 month ago

Great trail with amazing views at the top. Kinda steep at points but doable if you’re in moderately health and shape. Plenty of kids and elderly were doing it

We hiked from the Pinnacle Meadows trailhead. If you have people not able to make a long hike, there is a lovely view and rock bench to sit on after about 15 minutes of hiking. The trail gradually ascends, and gets much steeper for a short time after the junction with the main trail. Rock steps help you in the ascent. You emerge from the forest onto the Pinnacle on a bedrock trail. The views are worth every step of the trail and more! In total, the hike to the Pinnacle took us 1 hour 10 minutes. We took several rest breaks. It took us 50 minutes back down. Our group was two adults and a 15 year old.

It's a great way to spend some of your day. Bring water and don't forget the bug spray.

1 month ago

We did this in mid-october in full foliage. Outstanding and highly recommend it. I could see moon in the daylight up top!

Always a great little jaunt, however crawling with tourists this time of year.

Just be careful that you follow the trail markers and head back to the Pinnacle Meadow parking lot or you will have a long walk back from the main Pinnacle parking lot.

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