Mount Ascutney-Weathersfield Trail

Windsor, Vermont

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A half-day hike to a challenging peak on Vermont’s eastern border. Don’t be fooled by the lumpish profile of Mount Ascutney; this hike is more challenging than it looks. As you approach the base of the Weathers field Trail from the Connecticut Valley, a single radio tower stands atop a subordinate peak that hides a greater height and conceals a deep ravine between the trailhead and actual summit. This deceptive mountain is a classic monadnock—a core of resistant rock that persevered through an Ice Age winter. Passing glaciers long ago scoured away foothills that would have eased your climb, leaving only illusive slopes that vault steeply to the top.
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)

A half-day hike to a challenging peak on Vermont’s eastern border. Don’t be fooled by the lumpish profile of Mount Ascutney; this hike is more challenging than it looks. As you approach the base of the Weathers field Trail from the
Connecticut Valley, a single radio tower stands atop a subordinate peak that hides a greater height and conceals a deep ravine between the trailhead and actual summit.

This deceptive mountain is a classic monadnock—a core of resistant rock that persevered through an Ice Age winter. Passing glaciers long ago scoured away foothills that would have eased your climb, leaving only illusive slopes that vault steeply to the top.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Windsor
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Features: Waterfalls
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 Mount Ascutney quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ascutney-Weathersfield Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/13/2011
0

Oh boy, the muscles in my legs were certainly tested, especially on the descent. This "monadnock" is a real pip. The views were fantastic from the hang-gliding ramp and from the observation tower.


11/30/2009
0

We loved this hike. We followed our dog all the way - he somehow seemed to know exactly whcih way to go. It is a challenging hike for 2 legged beings. But it was absolutely worth it especially when we reached the snow covered firns nr the top - it was like entering a Christmas wonderland, and the views from the summit are spectacular. Do it!


10/7/2008
2

This was a great hike. Cyrstal Cascade water fall was nothing like I've ever seen in New England. The trail was a lillte hard to follow but over all it was a moderate on the difficulty range. The views from the glider ramp and the fire tower at the summit were impressive. Mountains that stand alone never dissapoint in this department. One of my favorite hikes of all time


10/4/2008
0

We went on a nice fall day. The hike was a good workout and in my opinion the trail was very well marked. I would definitely recommend this trail to the average to experienced hiker. The ups and downs of the trail were amazing but a lot some time for stopping to enjoy the scenery.


5/5/2008
0

We went on a sunny spring day. The trail still had snow on the ground in places especially up near the summit. It is a pretty good workout and overall well marked. The waterfall at 1 mile mark is impressive. As you near the top, there is a wooded area that is not very well marked. Overall, not very crowded and a positive experience.



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