Hiking the Green Mountains
Whether accessing the famous Long Trail, which meanders along the green mountain ridgeline, or just going for a stroll in the forest, Vermont ski resorts are a great access point for mountain hikes and nature walks.
Bolton is home to 100km of Nordic and backcountry trails. In the summer these same trails provide paths for outdoor adventure in over 1000 acres of wilderness. Some trails lead up the valley to the ridge-line where hikers can connect with Vermont's Long Trail.
Take the Long Trail over Bromley Mountain! Complete with shelter and basic privy, the approximately 6 mile round trip loop offers some amazing 360° views of the region. Neighboring Stratton Mountain, Okemo, Magic, and Killington are visible most days, and you can even spot Mount Washington from the summit on a super clear day. The Forest Service rates the trip as intermediate to difficult, and it’s a perfect 4 hour day hike.
Jay Peak Resort
If you’re a fan of the uphill, there’s more than 2,100 feet of vertical to cover to get you to the summit of Jay Peak. If you prefer something less cardiovascular, Jay Peak’s aerial tram (the only one in Vermont), runs from June to October and offers a smoother route to the summit. Whichever way you choose, you’ll be greeted with views of lakes Champlain and Memphremagog, Mt. Washington over in New Hampshire, and if you’re up there at dusk, you’ll see the lights of Montreal.
With 15 miles of hiking trails, you’ll never take the same route up or down The Beast. The rewards after you summit Vermont’s second tallest peak are unencumbered 360 degree views of Vermont’s Green Mountains, New York’s Adirondacks, New Hampshire’s White Mountains and of course access to the Peak Lodge, Killington’s state of the art facility offering fresh food and cool drinks to hikers and mountain bikers all summer. K-1 Gondola Season Passes are also available for unlimited round trip rides on Vermont’s highest elevation lift and Disc Golf Season Passes provides unlimited rounds of disc golf during summer 2015 for just $35, a family-friendly complement to a day of hiking or mountain biking.
Mad River Glen
A generous grant from the Stark Mountain Foundation has enabled Mad River Glen to create a new network of hiking trails on Gen. Stark Mountain. The 2.3 mile Stark Mountain Trail begins at the base area and meanders up the ski trails to a junction with the Long Trail just south of the summit of General Stark Mountain and the top of the ski area’s Single Chair. The conservation mission of the Mad River Glen Cooperative is to “protect and preserve” the forests and mountain ecosystem of General Stark Mountain and to provide recreational access year-round. Formalizing the hiking trail to the summit goes a long way in encouraging hikers to enjoy Mad River Glen and fulfill the mission of giving more people the opportunity to experience Gen. Stark Mountain.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow offers scenic chairlift rides on weekends starting Memorial Day Weekend so guests can take a chair ride up and hike down, or the more adventurous folks can hike from the base on one of the mountain’s many marked trails. Enjoy the Green Mountain National Forest at your speed on a variety of marked trails.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Hikers visiting Okemo Mountain can enjoy various routes to the summit or explore the ski trails in their wildflower-covered splendor. Mountain Road is a popular route that is open to vehicles and hikers during the summer. Shortcut the switchbacks along ski trails for an extra cardio challenge. Departing from the west side of Okemo Mountain at the site of the former Healdville train station in Mt. Holly, the Healdville trail is a moderately challenging hike ascending 2,200 feet over three miles of wooded trails to the summit. Okemo’s historic fire tower is open to visitors and offers 360-degree views well worth the climb. Call (802) 228-1600 or visit vtstateparks.com.
Q Burke Mountain
Here in the Northeast Kingdom we have plenty of activities to full up even the longest of summer days. Guests can take the toll road for a leisurely and beautifully scenic car ride to the summit and experience scenic hiking trails and breathtaking views of the Willoughby Gap and the surrounding area. From the top of Burke Mountain you can head into Victory or Darling State Forests where there are miles of trails to be explored and primitive camping is welcome. Too natural? The Q Burke Mountain Campground offers lean-to’s, tent sites, and RV space. Visit www.QBurke.com for more information.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s Green Mountain setting creates many opportunities for guided and self-guided hiking for all ages. The resort hosts guided outings designed for families with young children, with a gentle pace and fun learning opportunities. Other guided outings entice new hikers and experienced hikers with the opportunities to learn more about the history of the surrounding area and the local flora and fauna, and to summit some of the area’s most challenging peaks. Guided hiking is included in the resort’s vacation packages. The resort provides informational sheets on self-guided outings nearby. www.smuggs.com/skivts; 855-581-5906
Stowe Mountain Resort
The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is over 150 years old. The 4.5-mile road climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet; ending at the Mt. Mansfield Summit Station. The road’s upper terminus presents spectacular hiking options. To the north, the Cliff Trail, Long Trail, and Canyon Trail – all about 1.5 miles long and climbing about 550 feet – offer three routes to Mansfield’s “Chin,” the highest point in the state of Vermont.
Southerly trail options include the Lakeview Trail, Forehead Bypass, and Long Trail to the Forehead. Hiking maps are distributed upon arrival. Visit http://www.stowe.com/activities/summer/hiking/.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton Mountain Resort is both the birthplace of the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail and the point where the two historic paths intersect. From the summit, a gentle 1.5 mile loop brings you to the historic firetower for an unrivaled panoramic views. The whole family can be active and enjoy Stratton’s natural beauty with various hiking trail options. Looking to make new outdoor friends? Lole in the Village will be hosting group hikes to the summit on May 25 and June 13.
Hiking and walking is a popular activity at Sugarbush Resort. Visitors can try one of the many diverse hikes, explore scenic country roads and covered bridges that scatter the Valley, or meander along the nature paths of the Mad River. Group and private guided naturalist hikes available.
Trapp Family Lodge
There are over 60 kilometers of wooded hiking trails for all levels of ability. There is a short, peaceful hike to the Chapel, built by the Trapp family sons on their return home after World War II. A more challenging hike takes you to the Slayton Pasture Cabin, a favorite resting spot for cross-country skiers in the winter. Guided nature walks are available to guests and teach them about native plants, wildlife and the evolving landscape.
Woodstock Inn & Resort
Step outside the Woodstock Inn & Resort and choose from more than 60 miles of interconnected trails and pathways that wind through the Woodstock Village, nearby meadows and woodlands, scenic vistas, and rural countrysides. Pedestrian pathways skirt local landmarks, while off-road trails yield to magnificent vistas from the summits of Mount Peg and Mount Tom. For a historic walking tour of Woodstock’s past, stroll the 20+ miles of colonial carriage roads as they wander through the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and intersect with the Appalachian Trail. www.woodstockinn.com