Okemo Mountain-Healdville Trail

Mount Holly, Vermont

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This is a half-day climb on a little-known trail to remarkable fire tower views. Mount Okemo rises only 15 miles due west of Mount Ascutney, but geological differences prove that these mountains originated half a world apart. A portion of the billion-year-old Precambrian Green Mountain core, Mount Okemo is native to these parts, carved by glaciers into soft contours that reach out to surrounding hills. Mount Ascutney, by contrast, is the new kind on the block--an ice-resistant chunk of White Mountain pluton that crossed the Atlantic only 350 million years ago to stand in stark isolation above a valley floor. In practical terms, the geographical history of these neighboring summits explains why Mount Okemo supports a kinder, gentler trail.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

This is a half-day climb on a little-known trail to remarkable fire tower views.

Mount Okemo rises only 15 miles due west of Mount Ascutney, but geological differences prove that these mountains originated half a world apart. A portion of the billion-year-old Precambrian Green Mountain core, Mount Okemo is native to these parts, carved by glaciers into soft contours that reach out to surrounding hills.

Mount Ascutney, by contrast, is the new kind on the block--an ice-resistant chunk of White Mountain pluton that crossed the Atlantic only 350 million years ago to stand in stark isolation above a valley floor. In practical terms, the geographical history of these neighboring summits explains why Mount Okemo supports a kinder, gentler trail.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Holly
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, District I, 100 Mineral Street, Suite 304, Springfield, VT 05156; (802) 885-8824
Local Maps: USGS Ludlow and Mount Holly quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Okemo Mountain-Healdville Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/21/2004
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This trail is a nice hike through a hard wood forest like the author says to A fire tower. The trailhead is found easily with the description that is given also, it well blazed. I used snow shoes on the trail you might be able to get away with crampons because the trail was pretty much hard packed all the way to the fire tower. If you plan to bushwack some you will want snow shoes. I would say that there is about 18" to 20" of powder off of the trail. I wish I could tell you about the view from the tower but it was snowing when I did this hike. All in All A good hike Enjoy, Robert



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