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Smuggs-Bolton Snowshoeing?

Burlington, Vermont
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Smuggs-Bolton Snowshoeing?

Looking to take on some snowshoeing adventures at either Bolton Valley or Smuggs. Any recommended trails where I don't need a day pass to access? All levels except expert considered.

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1. Re: Smuggs-Bolton Snowshoeing?

There are tons of great hiking trailson both the east & west sides of Mt. Mansfield that are excellent for snowshoeing. The easier trails are Nebraska Notch on the west side (starts at the end of Stevensville Rd. in Underhill), and the Mt Mansfield trout club trail on the east side (starts in Stowe).

There are also numerous trails right at Smuggs and Bolton, though many (most?) may require a trail pass.

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2. Re: Smuggs-Bolton Snowshoeing?

The "backcountry" trails at Bolton are worth the day pass for snowshoeing at least once if you have never explored this area. The Heavenly Highway trail is a favorite of mine, especially after a new snowfall on a sunny day. Simply spectacular.

boltonvalley.com/upload/…BV_Nordic_Map.pdf

The Catamount Trail offers great snowshoeing. http://catamounttrail.org/ski-the-ct/

Nebraska Notch as mentioned is another great area. From Burlington it's much quicker to access from Underhill at the end of Stevensville Road. There are several options at the trailhead and you can also do a loop, so there are multiple days of exploring to do there.

The Green Mountain Club just came out with a winter hiking book (which I actually just received for Christmas). This can steer you toward just about endless options for snowshoeing. www.greenmountainclub.org/product_detail.php…

Edited: 26 December 2013, 13:10
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3. Re: Smuggs-Bolton Snowshoeing?

Forgot to mention before, but Rt. 108 thru the notch is a great place to hike/snowshoe. The top ~1.5 miles on both the Stowe & Smuggs side is closed - great for walking or sledding. And super convenient from Smuggs, since the closed part begins just beyond the resort grounds.

Edited: 26 December 2013, 20:58
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