Okemo Ludlow MountainTrail

Mount Holly, Vermont

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The Healdville Trail (blue blazes) is the main hiking trail to the top of Okemo Mountain, which is slightly higher than the ski area. Built by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Healdville Trail is now managed by the State of Vermont as part of the 7500-acre Okemo State Forest. It is well maintained with real footbridges, rather than the usual two logs anchored in place. It starts over the first of these bridges before heading into a hardwood forest. The footing is easy, and the trail is wide. It quickly crosses a second stream, then heads uphill in earnest along the left the side of Branch Brook. The brook tumbles over a number of small waterfalls forming a series of tiny pools, each a perfect resting spot where your dog can cool off on a hot day.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

The Healdville Trail (blue blazes) is the main hiking trail to the top of Okemo Mountain, which is slightly higher than the ski area. Built by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Healdville Trail is now managed by the State of Vermont as part of the 7500-acre Okemo State Forest. It is well maintained with real footbridges, rather than the usual two logs anchored in place. It starts over the first of these bridges before heading into a hardwood forest.

The footing is easy, and the trail is wide. It quickly crosses a second stream, then heads uphill in earnest along the left the side of Branch Brook. The brook tumbles over a number of small waterfalls forming a series of tiny pools, each a perfect resting spot where your dog can cool off on a hot day.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Holly
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 1,943 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Okemo State Forest; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Mount Holly
Driving Directions: Directions to Okemo (Ludlow) MountainTrail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/21/2009
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Very good hike. The trail was nice and smooth winding through mostly old growth forest at the bottom and soft woods near the top. The trail had nice constant elevation gain, 1900 ft so it was a moderate. The summit was not exposed but the fire tower gave great views of Ascuntey to the East, Monadnock to the south east, Stratton and the Taconic in the south, the Green Mt National forest to the west, and Killington in the north. The leafs were near peak so the colors were awesome!


8/4/2009
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great hike. not difficult and fun to see such large birches--and then switch from hardwood to fir forests.



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