Five of the Best Places to Hike in Vermont

pexels-photo-30039Ver­mont is a small state that is known for its wild beau­ty and breath-tak­ing moun­tains. The rocky ter­rain makes it per­fect for hik­ing, and there are lots of dif­fer­ent hik­ing routes through­out the Green Moun­tains to choose from.

How­ev­er, it can some­times feel like there is sim­ply too much to choose from. There are scenic hik­ing routes, chal­leng­ing hik­ing routes, and routes that are ide­al for beginners—but how do you know which one is best for you?

To nar­row the list a bit, here are 5 of the great­est places to hike in Ver­mont:

Mount Mans­field
Mount Mans­field is Vermont’s high­est moun­tain, with the high­est point reach­ing 4,393 feet. Part of the hik­ing path fea­tures a two-mile sec­tion that is above the trees so you can guar­an­tee that your hike will fea­ture stun­ning sweep­ing views.

This hike is ide­al for nature lovers as it is one of only two places in Ver­mont where you can find the arc­tic-alpine tun­dra plant. Hik­ers are able to walk through 200 acres of these beau­ti­ful rare plants, which is a mag­i­cal sight to behold.

There are lots of dif­fer­ent routes that reach the sum­mit, but the Long Trail is per­haps the most pop­u­lar. If you want a more chal­leng­ing hike try the Hell Brook Trail, as it takes a steep­er route to the top. If you only have a few hours free, you can dri­ve up the Toll Road so you only need to hike the final part.

Camel’s Hump
Camel’s Hump is just over 4,000 feet, mak­ing it the third high­est peak in Ver­mont. There are sev­er­al trails that reach the sum­mit, and all of the hikes are steep and fair­ly demand­ing. Despite this, they are still acces­si­ble to begin­ners as the trails are very well-main­tained. Two of the most pop­u­lar routes are the Mon­roe Trail and the Long Trail, which both begin in the Mon­roe area of the state park in Camel’s Hump.

The views from the sum­mit are well worth the climb; on a clear day you can see New Hampshire’s White Moun­tains as well as Vermont’s Green Moun­tains.

Strat­ton Moun­tain and Pond
Strat­ton Moun­tain is a mod­er­ate­ly dif­fi­cult trail that fea­tures stun­ning wild­flow­ers. The trail is open between Octo­ber and April, and it is open to dogs so it is ide­al for peo­ple who like to hike with a fur­ry com­pan­ion.

The path is a 10.6‑mile looped trail, and it starts off with a grad­ual climb through a mud­dy area so make sure to wear appro­pri­ate boots. At the sum­mit, there is a fire tow­er with stun­ning 360-degree views, which makes the climb well worth it. There is also a lake at Strat­ton Pond that you can take a dip in (if the weath­er is warm enough).

Parts of the trail are quite exposed so it is impor­tant to pack a wind­break­er to keep you warm.

Mount Olga
Mount Olga is an easy route that is per­fect for fam­i­lies and begin­ners. The hike fol­lows a fair­ly flat path and there are lots of inter­est­ing things to look out for; there is a tree that was struck by light­ning in 2003, leav­ing strips of the trunk hang­ing over the trail, and at the sum­mit, there is a fire tow­er with stun­ning views.

Glas­ton­bury Moun­tain
The hike over Glas­ten­bury Moun­tain isn’t for begin­ners; it cov­ers 22.6 miles and it can take two or three days to com­plete. The route is steep and stren­u­ous at cer­tain points, but the haunt­ing­ly beau­ti­ful wilder­ness around you makes the trek more than worth­while. There are also one-day hik­ing options for less expe­ri­enced hik­ers, but it is impor­tant to thor­ough­ly plan your route before set­ting off.