Updated: 02/17/2009
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Hikes in Waterbury-Stowe Area

SHORT DAY HIKES — Easy

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Little River State Park: Little River Trail/Stevenson Brook Trail

Distance: 4.6 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy

From GMC headquarters, follow Vt. 100 to junction with U.S. 2. Make a right and head west 1.4 miles. Turn right onto Little River Road, parking is before the gate, on the road by the CCC Dam sign.

Follow the Little River Trail to the second junction with the Stevenson Brook Trail, then stay to the left and follow the Stevenson Brook Trail around to the first junction with the Little River Trail. Return to the trailhead from here. Little River State Park offers several day hikes and nature trails; a printed interpretive guide is available.
 

Sterling Pond Trail

Distance: 2.8 miles
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

From Stowe Village take Vt. 108 11.5 miles to the Sterling Pond Trail parking area which is at the top of the Notch road. Parking is on both the left and right. The trail is on the right side (north side).

The trail to the pond follows the Sterling Pond Trail north.  At 1.1 miles, the Sterling Pond Trail reaches a junction with the Long Trail.  Continue on the Long Trail .3 miles to a short spur trail to the top of Smugglers Notch Ski Area where there are great views at 3,000 feet.


Moss Glen Falls Trail

Distance: 1 miles
Time: .75 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Follow Vt. 100 3 miles north of the center of Stowe and bear right onto Randolph Road. Take the first right turn at .3 miles to a small parking area.

This is a very short, but scenic, hike to a spectacular waterfall. Although the trail is not well marked, the route is obvious. Follow the brook upstream to the falls. Be careful at the falls. Loose debris at the edge of the trail can be slippery and dangerous. Inexperienced hikers should stay to the left, above the falls. The trail connects to a VAST snowmobile trail so be careful not to follow the wrong trail back.

SHORT DAY HIKES - Moderate

Elmore Mountain Trail

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2.75 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

From Morrisville follow Vt. 12 five miles to Elmore State Park. Turn right and pay a small fee for trail parking. To get to the trailheads, follow the park road to the left and uphill through the picnic area to the end of the road. The trail starts on the left and is blazed blue.

Elmore Mountain is the northernmost peak in the Worcester Range. Climb the fire tower on the summit and you can see Jay Peak and the Canadian border to the north. Two tenths of a mile from the summit, a stone fireplace and cellar hole mark the site of the former lookout cabin.

Mt. Mansfield State Forest: Cotton Brook Loop

Distance: 9 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

From the GMC headquarters, follow Route 100 north to Moscow Road. Take a left and follow it for about 2 miles to the Cotton Brook Entrance to the Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Parking is on the right. The trail begins down the road at the red gate.

The loop passes by a number of old farm and saw mill sites and affords views of the reservoir and the Bolton Range. (If you come across a moose, enjoy - but keep a safe distance.)

Nebraska Notch: Lake Mansfield Trail

Distance: 3.2 miles
Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

From the GMC Headquarters, drive north on Vt. 100. At 2.8 miles, turn left onto Moscow Road. Follow Moscow Road about 5.8 miles to the Lake Mansfield Trout Club. The Lake Mansfield Trail goes from the Trout Club up into the Nebraska Notch, where it meets the Long Trail at Taylor Lodge.

At the trailheads, there is a beautiful view of a large glacial cirque (a rounded "scooped-out" valley). The trail follows an old logging road for a while before crossing a brook and ascending to the Long Trail. This is a great family hike, with good views along the trail, beaver dams and a waterfall. Taylor Lodge has an open faced "porch" with picnic tables that look out over the notch.

Stowe Pinnacle: Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Distance: 2.8 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

From GMC Headquarters, take Vt. 100 north 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Gold Brook Road. After crossing a bridge at .3 miles, veer left continuing on Gold Brook Road. After 1.6 miles you reach a junction with Upper Hollow Road. Turn right and at the top of the hill just past Pinnacle Road is a small parking area on the left.

The Stowe Pinnacle Trail is relatively short but steep, with a bald open summit from which you can see the Green Mountains to the west (including Camel’s Hump, the Bolton Range, the Nebraska Notch, Mt. Mansfield and the Sterling Mountain Range) and the Worcester Range. You’ll see Hogback Mt. to the southeast, which you can get to via the Hogback Trail.

LONG DAY HIKES

(You can do these hikes in less time, but give yourself all day and enjoy the views.)

Camel’s Hump: Monroe/Alpine Loop

Distance: 6.6 miles
Time: 4.75 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

From GMC headquarters, follow Vt. 100 south to the junction of Routes 2 & 100 in Waterbury. Turn left toward Waterbury for 0.1 mi. then turn right onto Winooski Street. Cross a bridge, and turn right onto River Road. Go 4.6 miles and turn left onto Camel's Hump Road. Stay on the main road until reaching a parking lot at the end of the road.

At 4,083 feet, Camel's Hump is the third-highest peak in Vermont. The mountain has had several names, including "saddle mountain", "couching lion" and "camel’s rump". A partial loop hike of Camel's Hump begins by following the Monroe Trail to the junction with the Alpine trail. From here follow the Alpine trail left (southwest) to the summit. Descend via the Long Trail north to the hut clearing and take a right (east) onto the Monroe trail back to the trailheads.

Harrington’s View (Long Trail North)

Distance: 6.6 miles
Time: 4.75 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

From Jonesville, follow U.S. 2 east 1.0 mi. and turn north on the Bolton Notch Road. There is limited parking at the Long Trail crossing, 3.0 mi. north of U.S. 2.

"Harrington’s View" is on the top of a rock cliff where there is an opening in the forest letting you see Bolton and Mansfield. (This isn’t a technically demanding hike but the length of this trail makes it an advanced outing.)

Hunger Mountain: Waterbury Trail


Distance: 4 miles
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

Follow Vt. 100 .3 miles south of the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Turn left toward the Waterbury Center Post Office. At .3 miles, turn left on Maple Street. Just past the Fire Station, turn right on Loomis Hill Road. At the top of the hill the road bears left and you reach a small parking area at 3.8 miles on the right.

Hunger Mountain and Camel's Hump are nice to hike because of the lack of development. Hunger has views of the Green Mountains to the west and Groton State Forest and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east. A possible side trail leads south to White Rock Mountain, while the Skyline Trail heads north to Worcester Mountain.

Mount Mansfield: Mansfield Traverse


Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 4.75 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

From Stowe Village take VT 108 eight miles to the Stowe Ski Area. Turn left and follow the road to the gondola parking lot. Park and cross the ski trail to the Haselton Trailheads.

The trail takes you through the picturesque forest of the Haselton Trail, the Nose Dive Ski Trail and the Toll Road under Mt. Mansfield’s Nose and features a 2.0 mi. alpine ridge walk along the Long Trail north to the Chin, Vermont’s highest point (el. 4,393'). The trail then goes down the Long Trail past Taft Lodge and returns to Vt. 108 less than a mile north of the gondola parking lot (parking for the Haselton Trail).

Whiteface Mountain: Beaver Meadow/Whiteface/Long Trail

Distance: 6.8 miles
Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

From GMC headquarters, follow Route 100 north. At Morristown Corners Road turn right then immediately bear left to Morristown Corners and a four-way stop sign. Continue straight on Walton Road, and then pass Cote Hill Road by bearing to the left on Walton Road. Pass Cole Hill Road on your left before turning left on Mud City Road. There may be either no sign here or a sign for "Mud City Loop". From Mud City Road, turn left on Bryan Road. At a T-intersection, and follow it to a fork at an active dairy farm. Bear left to continue to Beaver Meadow Road (signed) on the right. Turn right by the shed and follow to winter parking.

Originally known as Sterling Mountain, Whiteface Mountain provides a number of unique views in all directions from the spur trail on the summit. Views include Mt. Mansfield and the west wall of Smugglers’ Notch. Follow the Beaver Meadow trail from the trailheads and at the junction with the Beaver Meadow Bypass, stay to the right (east) on the Whiteface Trail. At the junction with the Long Trail at the shelter, head right (north) and ascend to the summit of Whiteface. Return the reverse way

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