Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)
© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The hike is a bit more strenuous than the "moderate" category. The upper portions require some scrambling and conscious footwork which makes me wonder why it's labeled as a family hike? The work is well worth it as the views at the top of the fire tower are amazing. There is a 360 view of surrounding peaks and a nearby pond and town to gaze upon (no idea which pond or town). There are some views from the summit but the true beauty requires a courageous climb up the fire tower. The hike took us a little over 2 hours. Thus our speed may account for the added difficulty. It's a great late afternoon hike. We didn't get started until 5 pm and about 1/3 mile before the trail head on our return we saw a moose calf in the center of the trail. Pretty amazing sight! We didn't see any other wildlife worth noting save the occasional chipmunk and a plethora of insects, bug spray is a must(especially bad in the lower meadow areas). Great hike for older children (6-7 and up) but I would advise that those younger than that might not have the size and strength to handle this hike.
The first mile up the trail is an easy climb. The last mile is steep. You are in the proverbial green tunnel all the way to the top, but the firetower at the top allows a true 360 degree panorama with beautiful views. I made it to the top in a little over one hour, and made it back down in 40 minutes with some running.
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