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Top 5 Hikes in Northern Vermont

Go whenever you have a chance

By: Megan Davin + Save to a List

If you have ever wanted to visit Vermont, go whenever you have the opportunity. One of the best times is when Vermont's fall foliage color takes your breath away and the landscape will stir your soul. There is no one 'perfect' time to visit Vermont to see peak foliage, color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October.  It varies by elevation, progressing from north to south and higher to lower elevations during the course of the season. Most of Vermont's fall foliage color is provided by red and sugar maples, two resilient tree species that constitute more than 50 percent of the forest's trees. 

Vermont has more than 700 miles of hiking trails, an increasing number of recreation paths, hundreds of miles of back roads and country lanes that provide delightful walking routes and spectacular views.  But the best way to explore Vermont and it's beauty is to go for a hike.  If you have a chance go for a hike up one of the top 5 hikes in the state, and you will not be dissapointed in any season. 

1.    Camel’s Hump

Climb either the Monroe or Burrow’s Trail to reach the summit. For a slightly easier and longer trail tae the Monroe and for a shorter yet steeper trail go up Burrow’s Trail. Either trail that you choose will take you to the summit where in a clear day you can see sweeping views all around from Killington, to the Adirondacks to the presidential range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

2.    Stearling Pond

Driving to the trail head parking lot through Smugglers Notch itself is stunning and then you park at the top of the notch and follow the trail to the pond. Tae some time to find a good spot to sit, have a picnic, and enjoy the relaxing sensation of the pond.

3.    Devil’s Gulch

Looking to spice up the average day hike? Look no further than the A-frame rock walls and cave type feeling you will get upon reaching the gulch. Take the time to poke around the rocks and enjoy a unique hideaway in the middle of the woods.

4.    Mount Mansfield

Being the tallest mountain in Vermont Mount Mansfield has a lot of reputation to live up to. With the ridgeline being in the shape of a man’s face to having the Arctic Tundra zones, and sweeping views for 360 degrees there is no wrong trail to hike up just take the time to really enjoy the summit.

5.    Jay Peak

Known for it’s rugged skiing and harsh winter winds, Jay Peak is a gem of a hike tucked away in the northeast Kingdom. A bit off the beaten path it is a great destination to escape to and get a slightly different perspective on Vermont.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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