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We tried to go to Bourn pond after the (spectacular) Lye waterfall but the trail was very poor. Markings were hard to find, fallen trees required small detours, trail was muddy, and lots of bushwacking was needed. We turned back after ~4-5 miles after the waterfall fork. The forest was very beautiful but I would not recommend doing this hike.

The trail was uphill but not too strenuous and the falls were spectacular, cascading and dropping for 100+ feet (saw shortly after a good rain). Definitely avoid the other fork to the pond, we hiked maybe 4-5 miles on it before we decided to turn around - the trail was pretty poor and had to walk around fallen trees and bushwack brush fairly frequently.

Attempted to summit Mt Mansfield with a friend today, but the snowdepth (26" last 24h) and the steep slopes made snowshoeing almost impossible. Do not attempt this trail right now, I'd say to wait for the snow to compact and for someone to break trail. The white paint marks on the trees are easy to miss, so follow your topo and avoid the cliffs on your left near the summit (above the resort side). It's a beautiful area nonetheless, so I'll give it 3 stars and I'll try again for sure later in the winter.

Nice forest area with a beach overlooking the lake. Very pleasant, nice easy walk.

road biking
4 days ago

Excellent and beautiful trail to walk, run or bike on. The trail takes you right through lake Champlain and the views are obviously stellar. One of the best easy trails to do in Chittenden County

My husband and I hiked this one a few years ago in the spring when we stayed at the lodge and it was really nice . We would love to come back. It would have been more enjoyable if I wasn’t so worried after seeing bear and moose tracks for the majority of the walk. I am not from the area and was not used to seeing that at that point in my life so I was a little more anxious than I should have been about it. We did end up seeing a moose though (not on this particular trail but close to it)! I do remember it not being that difficult of a hike and we were fairly inexperienced at hiking at that point. I would highly recommend it.

What a beautiful hike! The trails are fairly slick with ice covering the base of the trail. Spikes are a must to travel safely. Trail is very dog friendly as we passed many individuals with dogs! Took 2 hours to reach mt. Abe peak and 15 minutes to hit Lincoln.

10 days ago

I would give this more stars, but when we went in May the black flies were brutal. We ended up sprinting up and down the trail and didn't have much time to stand still and take in the views. The view was incredible and would like to have more time next time to take it in without the flies

Hiked 1/1/19. Muddy in the beginning, a few water crossings as it rained day before. Very much worth the view at the end though.

Trail not very well marked.

Hiked 01/01/19. Great hike with multiple different trails from the Audubon Center, but the parking lot was very icy and some patches on the trail were as well, I would recommend crampons if hiking in the winter. Will definitely be back

Hiked the trail 12/31/18. Great hike. Temp was 34, no bugs, no snakes, good views. Hiking partner knew Tim and took a moment to silently remember him

The ground was frozen but exposed for the first 2.5 miles of the trail, then turned to about 6 inches of hard crust. My wife used crampons for the top section and I used snowshoes. Traction devices are a must for the final push to the summit! The snow crust became thicker near the top, but didn't seem to get deeper than 12 to 18 inches. Took us about 5 hours with our dog. Thanks to the couple we met returning from lunch at the resort's summit lodge, who took our photo. Beautiful hike on a clear day for the views. We can't wait to return in the summer!

Hiked this yesterday (December 30). Parking is in front of someone’s home as the trail parking isn’t plowed in the winter so it adds 0.4 miles each way (total 0.8 miles) walking to the trailhead. Overall beautiful hike. We only saw 2 other people on our way up. The trail is easy to follow, just follow the blue markings on the trees. The trail itself is apparently a little rough in the winter. It didn’t seem like too many others had gone up to really pack in the snow so we were falling through the snow quite a bit. It feels like you’re adventuring through the woods at times and doesn’t feel like you’re following a path. Definitely need micro spikes for this one. Snowshoes may be helpful too. Give yourself 3-4 hours to complete in the winter at a comfortable slower pace. The bottom half of the trail is a pretty small incline and flat at points. The second half is more steep, getting steeper the closer you get to the summit. The views at the top were incredible and absolutely worth it. Will definitely be hiking this one again.

Nice trail!

Hiked up dec 29 2018. Trail was good and packed , didn’t need snow shoes . make sure you have some spikes . Some places had lots of ice.

Great hike. !!!! . First time hiking in Vermont from. Canada .

16 days ago

had a great time hiking up to the fire tower with my dogs this weekend. It was snowing, so the steps were a little slippery on the way back. No problemo though. We had a blast and will be back!

18 days ago

A great trail right in Chester. We were looking for something with a little elevation and a slight challenge and we found it right around the corner. It took us about an hour and a half, through a variety of terrain, including hemlock forest, rock outcroppings, etc. The ramble along the stream and its frozen falls made for an enjoyable winter hike, but don't forget your poles to help traverse the sometimes icy, often snow-packed terrain.


Nicely marked trails. Hiked on Christmas Day. It was cold with some some wet and icy spots but studs made it easy. We look forward to returning.

24 days ago

Wet and muddy conditions for the first half of the way up, but then it becomes packed snow. Microspikes recommended. Beautiful views at the top.

12/13/18 - Honestly not a difficult hike at all. The hardest part was the fact that I didn’t have spikes on while going through the packed snow. Any person who is at least somewhat active can complete this hike with ease (as long as they don’t forget their traction like me! Ha!) I’m a pretty fast hiker but even without spikes I did the whole loop to Camel’s hump and back in 2 and a half hours with about 25-30 minutes at the top when I met another person and chatted with him a bit while we shared the view. Very windy though only lasted about 5 minutes at the summit and spent the other 20 minutes just below where we were protected from the wind. I would rate this trail as easy to moderate depending on your baseline fitness level. I’m pretty active so for me it was easy but for those who aren’t very active it’s probably moderate with some slightly challenging spots at the top. It’s a steady incline the whole way up and gets slightly steeper the last mile or so. Views were worth it for sure.

Marked well and different terrains.

Scenic yet some work involved. Trail in good order.

1 month ago

Good hike, recommend micro spikes this time of year

Challenging in the winter with ice on the steeps

Trail is still there! It’s marked with white dots. Was a bit hard to follow with white dots on white snow. Very quiet and I Got the sense I was the only one who’s been up there in a while. Nice to see the lean-to finished as last time I was up there it was still being built.

Went up on November 11th, full snow cover and a little muddy at the start but a great hike all in all! Fire tower was too icy to climb up though. As far as trails go, I think this one is definitely closer to a moderate hike than other hikes classified as hard on here. Definitely recommend!

1 month ago

Needed a walk a day after gorging on thanksgiving dinner the prior day. This was perfect...nice varied scenery from fields with cows to forest setting to the gorgeous view of the bay. Would love to return in the summer or spring because it seems there would be tons of bird activity.

I've taken this route to Mansfield's summit twice, most recently in early October 2018, and I would definitely do it again. I wouldn't consider this hard, it's more of a moderate trail. Taking Hellbrook or even the scrambles at the top of the Long Trail are much more difficult. This is an incredibly rewarding trail with amazing views for nearly the entire upper half! Highly recommend.

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