Are you packing up to head out for a getaway to Stowe, VT? We urge you to include your hiking boots!
The Stowe area offers plenty of opportunities for hikers to get up into the mountains and explore. From a quick morning excursion to a longer day hike that nets sweeping vistas of the Green Mountains, there are lots of good choices for day hikes in Stowe, Vermont.
With most trails accessible from April to October, it’s possible to fit in a hike whether you are here for the blossom of early spring, or want to experience the fabulous array of colors during leaf peeping season!
Below are a few of our favorite easy-to-moderate hikes in Stowe, VT:
1. Stowe Pinnacle – A popular hike for both locals and visitors, Stowe Pinnacle is approximately 3 miles round trip. This relatively short hike is steep, so be prepared to feel the blood pumping.
The reward at the top is an expansive view of the Green Mountains to the west, including Camel’s Hump, Mt. Mansfield, the Bolton Range, Nebraska Notch, and the Sterling Range. Appropriate for children over the age of 7-8, depending on pace, this hike can take anywhere between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete.
More information and directions to the parking lot at the base: Stowe Pinnacle
2. Mount Hunger – A bit more adventurous than Stowe Pinnacle is the nearby Mount Hunger trail.
Located in neighboring Waterbury, this 4 mile (3-4 hours) hike is part of the Putnam State Forest.
The summit offers long views in almost every direction with the Green Mountains to the west and sweeping valleys and forests below. On a clear day, it’s possible to see to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and maybe even get a glimpse of Mt. Washington.
Many report that snow can hang on near the top of this trail until mid-May so if you are planning a springtime hike on Mount Hunger, make sure you are prepared with footwear that can handle snow and ice, and lots of layers.
More information and directions:Mount Hunger
3. Moss Glen Falls – This is a brief and easy hike with a big payoff! A quick quarter mile walk through the woods gets you to the base of Moss Glen Falls, an 80 foot waterfall that is one of the region’s best!
Great for a hot day, the gorge provides a cool space and, if you bring your bathing suit, you can splash around in some of the small pools near the falls.
This short excursion will fit into most any vacation you plan to Stowe, even if you’re short on time.
More descriptions of the trail and gorge, as well as driving directions: Moss Glen Falls
Hiking in the Stowe, Vermont area
We are lucky to have an amazing resource for hikers close by in the Green Mountain Club. The GMC headquarters is located on the Stowe-Waterbury Rd. in Waterbury Center.
Founded as a way to maintain the Long Trail (the oldest long distance hiking trail in America!), the GMC also offers great information about all things hiking in our area including maps, trail guides, guided tours and even clothing. If hiking is high on your list, it is definitely worth a trip to their beautiful visitor center.
After you spend a day out in the Green Mountains, stop by the Tavern at Edson Hill to refuel with delicious food and local libations! What’s on Tap at the Tavern at Edson Hill