Explore the most popular walking 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.

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.

Fairly easy hike, the gorge is pretty interesting, it’s known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-89.

6 days ago

I hiked this trail in early March, parking at the boat parking area off Lake Morey Road. The trailhead sign says Bald Top Mountain is 3.3 miles. I hiked with spikes, and carried my snowshoes just in case. I mostly had the trail to myself, seeing only 3 other people and one dog. There was some bear scat on the trail (not sure if that’s usual for March after a week of warmish weather) and lots of turkey prints. This is a really nice trail, not too steep, and there is a wonderful 360 degree view at the top. Some trail reports I had read indicated a much shorter trail, but those folks must have parked on Bald Top Road, which must be impassable this time of year. The spikes were perfect for my outing, and I hope I can visit again when there is enough snow cover to snow shoe the trail. I’ll visit again in the warmer weather and maybe try the shorter hike, but parking in the boat launch parking area would be great too.

Nice, short hike, steep at points, but the falls are worth it. This trail is fairly popular, but there are other, less crowded cascades nearby that you can explore.

Pretty gentle for the first 1.5 miles, moderately steep for the rest, but nothing too tough. The views at the top were absolutely incredible when we went (during peak foliage season). There is a viewpoint at the summit with views east toward the White Mountains. The tower has a complete panorama stretching from New Hampshire to the Northeast Kingdom down most of the Green Mountain chain. A great 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.

trail running
9 days ago

Nice trail with sone steep section was icy on march 8

A wicked view at the top! Easy hike, and you can sign your name at the lookout in the cabin! (If you bring a knife or a pen/pencil)

12 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.

Nice views and picnic spot.

on Smugglers Notch Trail

trail running
14 days ago

Loved it . It was challenging and fun.

Great view at the top!

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!

Really nice trail although we didn't make it to the top. Right now the first half of the hike is mud and ice. The second half has enough snow to use short snowshoes, and most of us just wore microspikes the entire time. Well marked and great for dogs and people. :)

20 days ago

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

great loop trail...great workout

Monday 2/19/2018

Weather: trail entirely snow-covered, beautiful and sunny, some strong wind at peak but trail until peak was below treeline so wind was generally minimal to moderate, very spotty light rain starting around 3:00 pm

9:45 am - 1:20 pm ascent from Bucklin Trailhead to Killington Peak Lodge
1:50 pm - 3:45 pm descent from Killington Peak Lodge to Bucklin Trailhead

The Bucklin Trailhead is accessible via an easily drivable dirt road that seems unlikely to become difficult to drive even in moderate snow or rain. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, but there is a board with some trail information and maps.

We followed Bucklin Trail (blue blazes) for about 3.4 miles. Our time on Bucklin Trail was entirely under tree cover and the snow on the trail was generally powdery but packed down enough that big hiking boots would have been sufficient footwear (we wore micro spikes which was also fine). The incline for the first 30-40 minutes was slight, but increased suddenly to moderately strenuous after we crossed the last of a series of bridges.

We turned right on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail (white blazes) and followed it for 0.2 miles to a wooden cabin with tarp-covered windows. After passing the cabin and some snowboarders who pointed us onward up the Long Trail, the snow became very powdery and the trail was not nearly as packed down as it had been. We continued on the Long Trail for about 100 steps until we hit the sign for the Killington Spur where we turned left (really more like continued straight) following blue blazes. The Spur was short (0.2 miles) and required moderate scrambling up a steeper slope. We sank a bit in the powdery snow, but the slope was steep enough that snowshoes might have been hard to use. The last 200 steps to the summit were a bit icy and required the use of our hands, but the trail was still surrounded by trees which we grabbed to anchor ourselves as needed. Only when we finally reached the summit did we emerge from the trees. There was a set of utility buildings at the summit, but the views off into the distance in all directions were excellent. We continued straight across the summit for about 0.2 miles (past the top of double black diamond Catwalk run) until we hit the Peak Lodge which had a large cafeteria, bathrooms, water, and comfy couches where we rested for 30 minutes while eating divine egg and cheese sandwiches from our B and B (shout out to Hartness House!).

On our descent, we butt slid down the Spur from the summit most of the way to the cabin. Having returned through the most powdery part of the snow cover, we stopped briefly in the cabin to change into dry socks before continuing downward.

All in all, an excellent, not-too-difficult winter hike with beautiful scenery throughout!

22 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!

24 days ago

For the southern VT Marlboro Hogback: Temperatures were mild so we took the family out for an afternoon hike. Kids are 10-8-6. We went out Douglas to Link and over Little Hogback and then up to summit of Hogback in about 1:20 moving at a pretty slow pace for the little ones in the snow. We came back on White loop and back to the parking for a total time of about 2:10. No major vistas from the summits but plenty of variety in vegetation along the way was nice. Trail markings were generally good. It was a little thin on top of Little Hogback. Will go back again in summer.

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

29 days 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.

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