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

16 hours 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.

4 days 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

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.

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.

17 days ago

It was a fun winter hike and bushwack as we head towards completion of the 100 highest in New England. Not extremely difficult except for the bushwack. But we are experienced hikers. I highly advise taking the high road to avoid the water crossings.

The hike begins with an easy stroll on a picturesque dirt road. After about half of a mile you turn left onto the trail, which descends towards a stream. After crossing the stream, the trail begins a moderate ascent. It goes through the open col between Haystack and Middle Mountains, then swings left to steeply ascend the pinnacle of Haystack. Great views from the summit of the Mettawee Valley, as well as pastoral New York and Vermont.

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

An okay hike. It’s a steady climb to the falls, it never gets steep. The trail descends a little over the last half of a mile. Although the lanslide and the waterfall are interesting, there aren’t many other attractions on the rest of the trail.

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19 days ago

Loved it . It was challenging and fun.

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!

Been to quite a few nature viewing spots throughout New York and Vermont and the view from the top of this fairly easy hike is unbeaten. we arrived at 430 pm and reached the summit at 540, we are not the most experienced hikers by any means but the whole hike up and back took about 2 hours, however we rushed back down to beat the darkness and only stayed on the summit for a few minutes. House towards the beginning of the trail has aggressive dogs who chased us down the road after dark once we got closer to the car, owner was outside and heard me screaming at the dogs to go away and did absolutely nothing, couldn't care less, which is sad considering it is legal to carry a registered side arm while hiking, and had I had one I would of likely drawn and fired a warning shot, that's how aggressive these dogs were towards us, chasing us down the road. Would DEFINITELY recommend having some protection because those dogs are nasty and unpredictable and the owners dont care. I shouted towards the house to call of there dogs, only half expecting a reply, and was met with a "F*ck you a*shole" shouted back. we were very nervous, for they were big dogs and it was pretty much pitch black at the time, so we continued with our light aiming behind us watching the dog that had come onto the road to chase us. he would start running at us and I would stop and scream as loud as I could and he'd stop for a second then continue at us. It was to the point I had my pocket knife out and constantly had to watch the dog, turning to scream at it to go away multiple times since it kept running after us, no way owners didn't hear me. They must think they own the trail because of their location. But other than that it was a great experience.

Lovely trail that meanders up the mountains through various wooded habitats. We hiked on snow pack for most of the way. The low portion of the trail was muddy at times and portions of the trail where turned into creeks with the snow melt. Once we summited the mountain the temperature changed and the wind picked up. The summit was covered in a dense cold fog that left ice crystals on the trees and fire tower. We climbed the tower and enjoyed the limited icy view. It was spectacular even though we couldn't see far. The hiking down was the easiest part, the snow cushioned each step. I highly recommend hiking this trail in the winter. The views up the mountains through the trees are stunning. If there is snow wear snowshoes or high boots and dress for extreme temperature changes. This took us about 4 hours to complete, the snow will slow you down. Great hike, I would love to do it again but in the fall!

25 days ago

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

great loop trail...great workout

27 days ago

Hiked this trail with my fiance and my 8 year old daughter. Thought it was a great hike and tough in spots. Getting closer to the top it gets difficult and steep but well worth the view. A lot of water source and camping spots. We will hike this again but in the late afternoon to catch the sunset!

Definitely recommend micro spikes and dress warm but the hike is unbelievable, love it!

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

1 month ago

Fun hike, started raining halfway through so can't say too much about the summit view but it was a great distance and elevation for a day hike challenge. There's a great spot a few miles from the base called the Path of Life Garden which is really breathtaking and I highly recommend taking time to see.

1 month ago

I gave this mountain 5 stars because it’s so close to home, for someone who doesn’t like Gyms, it’s the perfect nature walk/climb. I could do this 5 times a week and get my full workout in.

1 month ago

Nice hike with some steep sections, which were exacerbated by the recent snowfall. Definitely a good time for snowshoes. The view at the window isn't particularly scenic.

Nice trail easy walking, not well marked , would do it again in the summer or fall

Nice area, wish there was better trail markings. Good winter hike, might go back during the summer time.

Great winter hike... view at the top is amazing! Crampons or microspikes are a must!

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.

1 month ago

Fun hike with a great view at the beginning and the top. Very icy though, even with microspikes we had some gnarly spills on certain segments.

Fantastic views

Great hike. What a workout. Views not great until the top but too busy climbing to worry about it!

This was a tough trail and kicked our butts. We ascended with spikes and poles. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we didn’t see anything from the summit. We saw a pair of hikers on the way up who told us it wasn’t that much closer to the summit and were discouraged because it still took us quite a bit longer (that was kinda mean lol).

Well maintained trail with beautiful views of the pond and marsh, lots of wildlife, birds etc. highly recommended for all age groups.

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