Top 10 Hiking And Trekking Spots In Vermont, USA

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Vermont, USA, will give you the greatest and most fun hikes with its lovely views. It is definitely an amazing location choice as the dense forests and gorgeous mountain views will put your mind at peace. Most of Vermont’s trails are not too intense, and they allow you to enjoy the stunning views while not getting too tired. Let’s admit, when we think about hiking, we not only want a good workout but also a chance to catch marvelous views and maybe take a few pictures to show our family and friends. This is why we have prepared for you a list of the best hiking and trekking trails in Vermont, USA. Leave your home and enjoy the amazing outdoors.

1. Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

2017-09-11 14 14 20 View west-southwest along the Laura Cowles Trail at its junction with the Sunset Ridge Trail on the western slopes of Mount Mansfield within Mount Mansfield State Forest in Underhill, Chittenden County, Vermont
Source: Photo by user Famartin used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This first hike might be the most challenging one, but it is surely the most rewarding. Not only is it the most interesting and fun, but Mount Mansfield is also the highest peak in Vermont! There are quite a number of routes that you get to choose from to reach this summit. This hike remains recommended more for individuals who do fitness often or are athletes, as it’s a very difficult and exhausting trail. But who wouldn’t want to take up the challenge for this view? Also, there is one other option for you to experience a shorter and easier hike, which is to drive to the nose of Toll Road and start from there.

Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

Address: Underhill, VT (Chittenden and Lamoille County)

Website: Mount Mansfield Loop Trail

2. Camel's Hump Trail

Camel's Hump
Source: Photo by user TheTurducken used under CC BY 2.0

This marvelous hike is full of forest, rivers, waterfalls, amazing views, wildflowers and a lot of wildlife. The views, once you finally reach the summit, are panoramic. The top, however, might get crowded at times, as it is a popular spot to see and hike to. You could, therefore, choose to go early in the morning to avoid the area’s traffic. What’s most interesting about this hike is the rare alpine vegetation and secluded mountain ponds. Do take note that the ending part of the hike is steep and narrow, so watch your step.

Camel's Hump Trail

Address: Waterbury, VT 05657

Website: Camel’s Hump Trail

3. Mount Pisgah Trail

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Source: Photo by user Lostdrewid used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This is yet another one of the popular hiking spots in Vermont with a rewarding view! For this trail, you can choose one of two trails, either the north end of long Lake Willoughby or from the lake’s southern end. Either way, you will have an amazing time. The Spectacular clifftop views will take your breath away. Watch out as there are possible chances of seeing hawks and falcons!

Mount Pisgah Trail

Address: Buck Spring, East Fork, NC 28716

Website: Mount Pisgah Trail

4. Mount Olga Trail

The Winter Trail up Mount Olga
Source: Photo by user James Tiffin Jr. used under CC BY 2.0

Located at one of the highest roads in Vermont, Mount Olga allows you to admire breathtaking views from up high. This hike is fairly easy and short. You can start your hike from this trail and end it at the Stonewall Trail. There is also a fire tower at the summit with a lovely green mountain view. This hike is even more amazing in the wintertime!

Mount Olga Trail

Address: 705 VT-9, Wilmington, VT 05363

Website: Mount Olga Trail

5. Hamilton Falls Trail

Waterfall

This 3- to 4-hour moderately difficult hike will give you the most rewarding waterfall sight. To reach the waterfall, you should follow the West River Trail from the campground at Jamaica State Park. Charge your camera for this hike as you will want to capture some pictures! Do note that it is open from March to October.

Hamilton Falls Trail

Address: Jamaica State Park

Website: Hamilton Falls Trail

6. Cantilever Rock

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On this hike, you will see an incredibly unique sword-shaped slice of rock about 40 feet (12 meters) long. You will be able to come to it through the Sunset Ridge Trail from Underhill State Park. There is also a big number of huge boulders that have fallen from the cliffs above. This is a well-marked route, so do not worry about getting lost. Moreover, there are trail maps available. Take extra caution as the rocks are wet and slippery. Take in the quiet and peaceful ambiance at the benches provided there.

Cantilever Rock

Address: Sunset Ridge Trail, Underhill, VT 05489, United States

Website: Cantilever Rock

7. The Long Trail

The Long Trail
Source: Photo by user DaiLuo used under CC BY 2.0

Three words to describe the walk up to the cliffs are steep, short and beautiful. This hike is suitable for everyone as it has a selection of sections from easy to difficult for the beginner to expert hikers. Even though it might get a little crowded sometimes, it is still a fantastic walk in the woods, far from the busy and loud crowds. Volunteers take care of this trail very well, so it is well-maintained. Also, trailside shelters and huts are placed for camping along the way. This is a hike to remember!

The Long Trail

Address: Williamstown, MA

Website: The Long Trail

8. Owls Head trail

Owl's Head Slide
Source: Photo by user Tim Sackton used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Owl’s Head trail is definitely a must-hike! This short 10- to 15-minute but rocky hike will offer you a lovely view of mountains and lakes at the top. It is said to be most spectacular in the fall. Bringing along waterproof boots would be helpful, especially in the wet seasons. This trail also offers the perfect family picnic spot!

Owls Head trail

Address: Head Rd, Keene, NY 12942, United States

Website: Owls Head trail

9. Spruce Peak Trail

Silver Fir - Crystal Peak Trail
Source: Photo by user brewbooks used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Spruce Peak Trail is one of the favorite local day hikes. It is a moderately easy hike and suitable for children and families. Spruce Peak at Stowe is a great place to stay when you are there; it is recommended for families and romantic retreats all year round. It offers great skating and skiing opportunities for all ages!

Spruce Peak Trail

Address: Spruce Peak Stowe, VT

Website: Spruce Peak Trail

10. Stowe Pinnacle Trail

2017-09-11 11 57 08 View south from the Maple Ridge Trail at about 3,600 feet above sea level on the western slopes of Mount Mansfield within Mount Mansfield State Forest in Stowe, Lamoille County, Vermont
Source: Photo by user Famartin used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Stowe Pinnacle provides you with the most amazing views on a sunny day. This is a moderate to difficult hike, but challenging in the snow. So don’t forget spikes for this one! When you make it to the top, there are two friendly local golden retrievers who will greet you. These are the trail dogs and everyone loves taking pictures and playing with them. Going up, there are three routes to choose from, blue, red and green, in ascending order of difficulty and incline. When you reach the top, it will be the most rewarding view to admire.

Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Address: Stowe, VT 05672, USA

Website: Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Happy hiking

These picturesque hikes will give you an unforgettable time. Do remember that mountain weather changes quickly, so do check the weather forecast beforehand and dress warmly. Also, spikes would be useful for many of these trails. Happy hiking my friends!

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