Hiking in Vermont

Vermont isn't called the Green Mountain State for nothing. It has hiking for people of all abilities and aspirations in its State Parks and State and National Forests. Beginners can start with some short hikes in some State Parks like Lake Elmore, Coolidge State Park, Mt Philo (which also has a road to the top). In the middle you can do hikes in the Breadloaf area near Middlebury or day hikes off of the Long Trail or in the Hunger Mountain Range to name a few.

Those wanting to see views into New York state can top out on Mt Mansfield or Camel's Hump for great views across to the Adirondacks on a clear day. And local big challenge is end to end hiking the Long Trail, the oldest long distance trail in the U.S., 272 miles in total and constructed between 1910-1930.
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Camel's Hump
Camel's Hump
Huntington, Vermont, United States
Easy: 4.8 miles, Half day
The bare cone of this 4,000 footer in Vermont in a way does resemble the hump of a camel.

This 4,083 foot peak has a very unique summit cone that gives it its name. You'll be following the Burrows Trail through Camel's Hump State Park for 4.8 miles round trip. Just before you reach the summit you'll come to the junction of the Long Trail which you will follow up the steep cone to the summit. From there you will return the same way you...
Mt. Mansfield
Mt. Mansfield
Stowe, Vermont, United States
Moderate: 4.5 miles, Half day
A great hike up Vermont's highest point with an optional ski descent down the Stowe Ski Resort

This is any easy round trip less than 5 miles that will take you up the ski trails of Stowe to the top of the Vermont Highpoint at 4,393 feet and then back down the trails in a fast ski descent. Should only take an afternoon. You'll have great views north towards Canada and south towards the southern Green Mountains. You may even be able to see across...
Laraway Mountain
Laraway Mountain
Belvidere Junction, Vermont, United States
Moderate: 3.6 miles, Half day
The hike is not just a means to an end. Good views and features.

This hike is most certainly a sleeper. Nestled in between Belvidere and Waterville at the end of Coddling Hollow Road, the meager elevation change and innocuous looking topography make it appear uninteresting. March up the fairly untrammeled path and you will find trout lillies growing right in the middle of the trail and big red trilliums on the side....
Whiteface (Sterling), Morse, Madonna
Whiteface (Sterling), Morse, Madonna
Morristown, Vermont, United States
Use this guide to catch 'em all in under ten miles.

If you enjoy the snicking noises proffered by Juncos, narrow, rocky trails and an inkling of a new place to hike in the winter, I'd suggest this set of mountains. Nestled behind the Sterling ridge and Spruce if you're looking from Stowe, Whiteface, Morse and Madonna each offer a unique take on the area. Whiteface offers a staid, treed summit, Morse...
Worcester via Skyline Trail
Worcester via Skyline Trail
Stowe, Vermont, United States
Difficult: 11.4 miles, Full day
More moose than people. Primitive and sublime.

"So many moose!" This thought resonated between my ears all day: I saw no one from Hogback to Worcester despite it being Memorial Day. This 11.5 mile round trip offers up stunning views, solitude and 6000' of elevation gain, though interestingly, the summit in question is about 300' lower in elevation than one of the trail junctions. I started from...
Mt Hor
Mt Hor
Westmore, Vermont, United States
1.9 mile trail near Lake Willoughby, Vermont

It is not often that in a small community, the lower elevation mountain with the less exciting views deserves praise, but in this case I think it does. Mounting Hor is significantly easier than Pisgah, thanks to a CCC road that knocks nearly 600 feet off the ascent, which itself is shorter by about 100 feet as well, cutting the elevation gain of the...
Ellen and Abraham
Ellen and Abraham
Warren, Vermont, United States
Moderate: 9.0 miles, Half day
Grab both these 4,000' peaks on a long ridge above the Sugarbush Ski Resort with an optional ski descent.

This is a fun ridge climb in winter or spring if you bring along a pair of skis for the descent. Once you climb up the ski slopes you'll be following the Long Trail over the ridge to get both Abraham and Ellen. You'll reach the top of Lincoln Peak first on your ascent above the highest chairlift at Sugarbush. You'll then follow the ridge south to...
Pico and Killington
Pico and Killington
Killington, Vermont, United States
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
Two big Green Mountain peaks with an optional mountain bike descent.

Ok, perhaps this is considered "technically" cheating when it comes to bagging both these peaks because you will use a mountain bike to descend that you personally didn't carry up the mountain yourself but who cares because this trip ends with a really fun descent! I suppose you could also do this with backcountry skis as well if you came in the winter...
Hunger via Skyline trail
Hunger via Skyline trail
Stowe, Vermont, United States
Difficult: 9.7 miles, Full day
Narrow, peaceful and full of interesting views.

Hunger Mt is a Stowe/Waterbury Favorite, but have you ever accessed it from neighboring Putnam Mt and therefore Hogback? In a fashion slightly similar to some of the more 'trailless' peaks in the Adirondacks, the narrow, lightly used but marked trail winds its way along the top of the Worcester Range, sometimes dramatically. If you are looking for solitude,...
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Lye Brook Falls
by dkwilliams on May 27, 2009
Manchester Center, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 4.2 miles
Short, easy hike to Vermont's tallest waterfall!My wife and I took our 13 yr old and 8 yr old on this Mothers Day hike. The trail is fairly well marked with blue paint markings on the trees. The hike was our first using Trails software on our IPhone and uploading it to the Trails site. If your in Manchester Center and looking for a short easy hike to a beautiful, tall waterfall...
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Mt. Mansfield VT - Sunset Ridge, Cantilever Rock, Laura Knowles Loop KGA003
by kga1978 on Sep 07, 2009
Underhill State Park, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 4.5 miles
This is a really scenic hike, although there are too many people! I guess we did the loop the wrong way - coming down the mountain via Laura Knowles path is very VERY steep in places and tracking is slippery due to the high humidity in the forrest. Despite this, this is a really fun trip and Sunset Ridge is quite easy.
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Little Rock Pond
by dkwilliams on Jun 10, 2009
Mount Tabor Mount Tabor, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 4.7 miles
Nice easy hike up to Little Rock Pond and then the loop trail around the Pond. Excellent hike for kids and dogs with much access to water along the way and obviously at the pond.
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Rattlesnake Cliffs
by cliffbd on Aug 18, 2010
Salisbury, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 3.9 miles
A late start put us on the cliffs at sunset which was perfect for photos but meant we had to make the return trip by headlamp. Contrary to the suggested route, we climbed up via the Aunt Jenny trail, the steeper of the two options saving the more gradual Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail for the return trip in hopes of making it easier on fragile knees. It seems the strategy worked as I...
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Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont - Long Trail South
by yavery on Jul 30, 2011
Stowe, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 3.3 miles
Long Trail South, starting from Stowe and going up, all the way to the Chin, Vermont's highest peak, at 4,395 ft. elevation.We stopped at Taft Lodge to eat lunch and then took the remaining 0.3 miles up all the way to The Chin. I must say that the last 0.3 miles, from Taft Lodge to the top, is definitely scary with quite steep rocks to climb and breath taking views. Beware if...
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Stratton Mountain & Pond
by BandannaMan on Nov 09, 2011
Stratton, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 11.0 miles
Hike starting at Stratton-Arlington Road (a.k.a. Arlington-Stratton Road) by East Branch of Deerfield River. North on :LT/At to STratton summit and firetower, then continue North on LT/AT to Stratton Pond junction with Stratton Pond Trail.  Take SP Trail back to SA Road and hike along road back to car.Beautiful day 35 in morning much warmer in early afternoon, no snow cover to speak of, wind was whipping at top of fire tower,...
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Shaw Mountain
by cliffbd on Aug 29, 2010
Benson, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
An easy hike through some of the most beautiful forest I've seen. In places dense overstory shaded out much of the growth on the forest floor so tree trunks rise up from an unmowed lawn of grass. Truly a "park" feel normally found in semi-arid western forests or in groomed forests of the east where land owners have cleared the understory. Here shade is responsible. My hiking partner called it "walking through...
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Smugglers Notch to Sterling Pond
by Anastas on Jul 04, 2009
Stowe, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles
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Smuggler's Notch
by redwoodbat on Oct 12, 2010
Jeffersonville, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 5.4 miles
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Camels Hump
by randall.jeffrey on Jul 19, 2009
Dowsville, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 2.4 miles
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Bread Loaf Mountain & Mount Wilson
by telemarkmike on Jul 21, 2012
Bread Loaf, Vermont, United States
Hiking | 9.2 miles
A nice hike on the Long Trail to 2- 3500 Vermont peaks plus the nice Skyline Lodge Shelter.  See my trip report and pictures at: http://www.offonadventure.com/2012/07/bread-loaf-mountain-mount-wilson-vt.html