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The hike was long but well worth it....

5 hours ago

An easy 1 mile each way hike that I could do with my toddler on my back. Beautiful views of the lake and Adirondacks. The only complaint is that it was extremely crowded, but we were expecting that since we went on a beautiful fall Sunday so no big deal.

Nice trails and lovely lookouts.

Nice walk through the woods with a payoff of a gorgeous view of the Adirondacks..Lake Champlain and Burlington. Dogs can be off leash here as well

It says 3 miles but it feels longer, parking is also quite problematic with the limited number of spaces and the rules about not parking on the road side. But the hike itself is beautiful.

I found the trail to be well marked and easy with moderately difficult sections. Nice views and quiet.

Nice, on the easy side of moderate trail. Took my husband and me about 1.5 hours to complete because we stopped and looked at each tree on the Tree Loop! Enjoyed the view of Mt.Ascutney as we had just hiked that a few days earlier and were happy to look at it from another angle! This is a very low key hike that does not require any scrambling and is not overly steep at any point and the distance is perfect for a nice hike that does not take long. Well maintained and easy to follow.

Great view for a short hike. Bench at the top makes for a nice place to just relax.

Just posting this to answer the question about the mine location. (After all it is the lost mine lol). Its easy to miss as it’s not much more than a hole in the ground filled with water now but it is on the trial. If you do the loop counterclockwise it’s maybe 0.5 miles into the loop.

We hiked the loop indicated on this map which circled the entire park and was about 2.5 hours, But there are a variety of shortcuts. The trail crosses a brook, descends to a beautiful cove on the shore of Lake Champlain that ideal for a swim (too cold in mid September) and ascends (about 550 ft.) to two lookout points, one that views the lake Champlain Islands and northern Adirondack Mountains in New York state to the east, and another facing west to view Mt. Mansfield. There is plenty of interesting terrain, rock formation and forest vegetation to keep the trail interesting. You're not likely to see too much wildlife, except maybe for groups of elementary school children, as we did and locals walking their dogs (my sense is that the park is quite popular.) There was a poetry walk on one of the trails, with poems set along the path. Also there is a $4 entrance fee per person so bring cash.

Surprise, tres agreable ballade. Certains applombs, mais peu de vues en hauteur dégagées.

Good hike,but lots of rocks. Pretty falls, but probably a lot nicer after a good rain.

6 days ago

always a favorite. firetower trail up, Ridgeline down. pretty easy with a ton of switchbacks and not too steep. views are amazing for the work. I've done this trail a bunch and it's never crowded.

Great easy flat hike.

Great hike in my backyard. PLEASE DO NOT VENTURE OFF TRAIL! I’ve done way too many searches for lost hikers up here. Easy to follow trail markers

Hike this often .... very steep fire road style hike with rewarding views

Enjoyed this hike. View are great at the top. Not much of a trail run due to boulders but a great workout. Took me 68 minutes both ways.

7 days ago

View is great. Did this hike with our 3 kids ages 5, 7, and 9. they had a great time.

This is a challenging but rewarding hike. We took the Monroe Trail up and back. There are some rocky and slick spots, particularly after you’re about two miles in. The last .3 miles is very rocky and steep, but doable. It took us about 5 hours total. You cannot beat the 360 views at the top!

The rock face at the top is breathtaking, photos will never fully capture the majestic feel. The views are spectacular.

Awesome payoff at the top, the views were amazing. I did Rattlesnake both up and back. I think the mileage is off however, they have rerouted the trail and added several switchbacks, the signs say is 1.5 miles from the falls, it was closer to 2 miles from the falls to the Vista points on the cliffs-so worth it however!!

It is actually 6 miles out and back.

great trail for bringing my dog. gorgeous views at the top. went on a hot day so when we got back we went over to Danbury Park for a swim. will definitely go again!

This park is ONLY open to Essex VT residents with a valid Indian Brook Park Pass! But here’s a little secret- there is no park employee at the entrance to check passes in the late fall through early spring- so if you’re not an Essex resident you’re out of luck for the summer but......
Posted signs say Dogs are allowed OFF leash here as long as they are in voice control. They only have to be leashed in parking lots and in the picnic area.
Lots of other trails besides main loop around the lake- worth checking out. Great for snowshoeing and x-country skiing in the winter.

8 days ago

I’ve been doing this walk regularly (multiple times a week) for 7 years and absolutely love it. Convenient location in South Burlington’s Technology Park (It’s right by my work so super easy to head over for quick exercise after). Pretty views of Mt. Mansfield and Reverence Sculpture with stunning sunsets. There’s a pond for dogs to swim in, and most all dogs are OFF leash- which I love for my pooch. Only giving it 4 stars because recently over the past week they have plowed the field and part of the trail cutting off the “loop”. What was once a beautiful field to photograph wildflowers and butterflies now looks more like a future construction site.

Beautiful trail but quite steep and rocky. We chose to walk back down by the ski trails to the ski parking lot. From there we had to walk back to the beginning of the trail on the main road uphill. I'd personally rate this trail as "hard/difficult". The views from the top and the walk down the ski slopes made it an unforgettable hike. Plan 5 hrs return.

8 days ago

Moderate hike with no summit view at the top. The Vista / overlook is the rock face as the other reviewer (mj) said at 42.9134, -73.1555. This is more than a mile before you get to the summit and is right at the point where you first see the white rocks all over the place. The trail at the summit connects to two other trials that keep going. We followed the ridge trial about .2 miles and didn't find any other views. The trail is rerouted slightly at the beginning (which is well marked) so we ended up doing almost exactly 4 miles to the summit with elevation gain of just below 2000ft for the out and back. This should be changed on the trail info. 3 or maybe 4 steeper parts during the hike but relatively tame. A few stream crossings the pooch was able to drink from.

Good hike, 2nd half of ascent is a little tough, but the falls make it all worth it

Great run/power hike. Challenging in spots. I did read about people being scare of heights should not. On the Monroe trail that shouldn’t be the case. I didn’t experience the other trails.

Very pretty short hike. Beautiful views from the rocks/cliffs. The "advertised" length is a little deceiving because the walk from the parking lot to the trailhead is as long as the trail. I hope to do this one again.

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