Vermont 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 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 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 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.
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.