Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont
by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Arrived to Underhill State Park without reservation late the night before, no good idea on Labor Day Weekend! 6am started up on Sunset Ridge Trail to The Chin, a nice and evenly steep climb with lots of exposure to the West side. Once above treeline a bit chilly in the shade of the mountain. Encountered 3 hikers before reaching the top. Returned on Laura Cowles Trail, mostly under tree cover, many big boulders to descend over. If you have trouble with your knees, better loop around the other direction. Whole hike 4.5 hrs, back before countless greeting-less hikers started out. Seems to be a popular early-morning stint for Burlington students.
We decided to take the Hells Brook Trail, and we certainly were not disappointed! Talk about a rough ascent!! Thankfully the tree roots were always where they had to be in this Eden-esque trail. Luckily we remembered to bring the DEET. Our first opening to the summit views were AWESOME. What a treat to gain a summit with such spectacular views in 4 hours! Once at the summit, we found the Subway and had a grand time scrambling down the back edge of the mount, before returning to rejoin the cliff trail. What a wonderful hike!!
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