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Hiking near Stowe Mountain

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Hiking near Stowe Mountain

We love to hike in the Adirondacks and are considering the Stowe Mountain area to hike in June. Anyone suggestions for locating good hikes? We like moderate to tough hikes.

Thanks.

Leslie

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1. Re: Hiking near Stowe Mountain

Depending on where you want to start from, here are my favs:

From the west side Stevensville Road trailhead in Underhill: Go up the Butler Lodge Trail ~2 miles & 1500 vertical ft to Butler Lodge itself. From there, continue up one of several trails to the 'forehead' of Mt. Mansfield (1k more vert.). If you still want more, then take the ridge trail ~2.5 flat miles to the 'chin' - the highest point in VT at ~4300', then come back to the chin via the very rugged Cliff Trail. (There are several other great loop trails along the way if you're plucky.) Go down the Maple Ridge Trail (great western views) to the Frost Trail, back to the parking lot.

The loop up Butler Lodge & the Long Trail to the chin, then down Maple Ridge & Frost should take about 4.5 hours of hiking time, not including stops.

You can do a shorter loop by going from Butler Lodge north on Rock Garden to Maple Ridge to Frost. Total for that loop is ~2.5-3 hours hiking.

From the eastern Stowe side, take the Hell Brook Trail from Rt 108, which zigzags steeply up the west wall of smugglers notch. Tag the chin (about 2 hours of strenuous hiking), then take the Long Trail (northward) back down to Rt 108 - then walk about 1 mile north back to the Hell Brook trailhead. Total time for that loop is ~4.5 hours, w/ ~2000 vertical.

Another more popular and moderate hike is from the peak of smugglers notch up to Sterling Pond and back. Total time is ~2.3 hours.

Finally - if you want great views with less effort, take the toll road up Mt. Mansfield and hike to your heart's content on the many trails from the ridgeline. My favs: Lakeview, Canyon North, Canyon North Extension, and Cliff. All are rugged with great views and lots of scrambling.

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PS - Be sure to get a trail map at one of the many outdoor places. The trails are generally well blazed, but a map is essential if you're not familiar with the area. :)

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3. Re: Hiking near Stowe Mountain

Pack bug spray! Especially in early June as there can be a problem with black fly.

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4. Re: Hiking near Stowe Mountain

Thanks for the FABULOUS information. Now to get the maps and explore!!

Leslie

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5. Re: Hiking near Stowe Mountain

Good advice. Thanks so much.

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6. Re: Hiking near Stowe Mountain

The Green Mountain Club maintains trails and keeps current maps of trails.

www.greenmountainclub.org

They are located just south of Stowe on route 100.

They are a great resource for anyone interested in hiking in this area.

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7. Re: Hiking near Stowe Mountain

Thsnks so very much!!

Leslie

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