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Best Mountain Daytrips

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Best Mountain Daytrips

Hello!

I plan to check off Vermont as my 49th of 50 States this September. Specifically I want to spend some time in Burlington but I also want to go to the best parts of the Green Mountains for some easy to moderate hiking, good views, and ideally less than 3 hours from Burlington if possible (but willing to venture further if necessary). What are your favorite parts of the Green Mountains or other mountain ranges in Vermont?

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1. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

My top pick for easy hiking is to take the toll road in Stowe to the top of Mt. Mansfield & hike along the "Long Trail" along the summit ridge - as well as a host of other trails that intersect it. It is spectacular. Best views in the state IMO - esp. western views of Lake Champlain & NY's Adirondacks. You can dial the degree of hiking from an easy walk to difficult scrambles. There are 100s of other hikes in the state that are great.... but none pack so much scenery into so little effort.

Another favorite is the Frost Trail on the western side of Mt. Mansfield, from the Stevensville Road trailhead. It's a rather steep hike thru the woods for about a mile, then you emerge onto the bottom of Maple Ridge - which has gorgeous 180 degree western views. You can go a high as you please, then turn back. Or there's a nice 3-4 hour moderately challenging loop, going up the Butler Lodge Trail, then across Rock Garden to Maple Ridge to Frost, which descends back to the start of Butler Lodge.

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2. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

For a super easy and short (20ish minutes if you are in shape) is Mount Philo, which is 30 min south of Burlington. Gorgeous views of the Champlain Valley, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Have a picnic up top.

As noted above, if you want bigger mountains head east from Burlington to Mt. Mansfield, Camels Hump, etc.

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3. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

Snake Mountain is a fairly easy hike, with a very nice view at the top. Its down near Middlebury. Also, Moss Glen Falls is a nice one as well.

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4. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

VTer - That's probably 20ish minutes to get to the top, yes? Then some photo time, and 15-20ish going down. Agreed that the views from the top are superb! :)

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5. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

Yes....should have clarified that! 20ish up, however long you want to spend at the top, and 20ish down.

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6. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

Best way to see the green mountains is to get up on them above the tree line, but there are not many easy-moderate hikes to do that from the bottom. So in Stowe you can get up Mt. Mansfield by the Toll Road (driving) or the gondola at the ski resort. https://www.stowe.com/activities/summer/ The down side to Stowe is that it's relatively expensive (the toll road is cheaper than the gondola), and it can get crowded on a nice summer day.

A bit south from there, you can take the lift up at Sugarbush. https:/… This lift at Sugarbush won't get you up as high as the options at Stowe, but it should be less crowded and a relaxing way to experience the mountains on a nice day.

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7. Re: Best Mountain Daytrips

Thank you everyone! Looking forward to an awesome trip in September.

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