Explore the most popular views 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Five Stars for a Moderate. Perfect day and weather for 9/6. Wouldn’t want to do this in the rain or in the Spring when water is flowing heavy down the mountain.

trail running
13 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.

hiking
13 days ago

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
15 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).

hiking
16 days ago

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

Looked great for mountain biking, though!

Quick Intensive hike,

Listened to other reviews and went up Profanity Trail and down Long Trail. It was (for us) the best route given the conditions.

hiking
18 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.

hiking
18 days ago

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

The trail is not as challenging as the description above. Hiking boots or low cuts I agree. You don't have to be in outstanding condition. If you enjoy an aerobic work out once or twice a week you'll enjoy this hike. If you enjoy sitting around on days off find a less demanding trail. I'm in my 70th year in good condition for my age but no where near the condition of an avid hiker or runner as referenced in the description.

walking
20 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!

21 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 a rather strenuous hike I would stay out of it with non athletic people... Not many views over the mountains but nice view over the pond when coming over it.

The recording indicates 9.6km, my GPS was showing over 13km and it felt like it!

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.

If you have the good fortune to do tgis hike in clear weather, the 360 degree views from the top are a stunning display of beauty. This is a demanding hike, with multiple areas requiring solid footing and carefully placed hand grips over steep rock. Do not attempt it in running shoes, tennis shoes etc---the difficulty of this trail requires hiking boots for ankle support and with soles that grip well. Also, on the way back down, be mindful of slippery rocks. Several portions of the trail are wet, and the rocks are wet and slippery here and there...it wouldn't take much to fall if you are not paying attention. With all of that said, if you take your time and bring 4 liters of water per hiker, your reward at the top will be a stunning display in every direction. Strenuous, but amazing! I did it in 2 hours up and two hours down--I'm an avid running and hiking enthusiast and move at a brisk pace. I would add an hour each way to those times if you are not in top-notch physical condition, or are traveling with kids.

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).

hiking
29 days 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.

hiking
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.

An easy light trail down. Didn’t bring a swimming suit but wish I had! I would have gone again if my vacation was longer. Beautiful!

hiking
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!)

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