Mount Philo State Park Trail

North Ferrisburgh, Vermont

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Who says you need to work hard to enjoy wonderful views? lf you can get over the fact that you don’t have to suffer to earn a reward (and we New England Puritan types have a very hard time with this!), you’ll enjoy this sweet, short hike and the panoramas at the top of Mount Philo, in Vermont’s oldest state park. Mount Philo still bears a few scars from a wicked ice storm in January 1998, when trees were toppled or split down the middle, ravaging much of the forest-here and throughout the Northeast. As a result, the state put in a cleared road to the summit, on the path of an old horse-and-carriage trail. There’s also a new parking lot at the top. Picnic tables and grills are everywhere and, while this doesn’t mean much to the winter hiker, it makes the destination more user-friendly in summertime. With ample snow cover, you could take the summit road up this little peak, but the trail is a better choice. The fairly straight-up climb, with a few small switchbacks, will be a more interesting and energizing route, so you’ll feel you’ve earned some relaxing and sightseeing at the top.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Who says you need to work hard to enjoy wonderful views? lf you can get over the fact that you don’t have to suffer to earn a reward (and we New England Puritan types have a very hard time with this!), you’ll enjoy this sweet, short hike and the panoramas at the top of Mount Philo, in Vermont’s oldest state park. Mount Philo still bears a few scars from a wicked ice storm in January 1998, when trees were toppled or split down the middle, ravaging much of the forest-here and throughout the Northeast.

As a result, the state put in a cleared road to the summit, on the path of an old horse-and-carriage trail. There’s also a new parking lot at the top. Picnic tables and grills are everywhere and, while this doesn’t mean much to the winter hiker, it makes the destination more user-friendly in summertime. With ample snow cover, you could take the summit road up this little peak, but the trail is a better choice. The fairly straight-up climb, with a few small switchbacks, will be a more interesting and energizing route, so you’ll feel you’ve earned some relaxing and sightseeing at the top.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: North Ferrisburgh
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 568 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 40-60 minutes
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Ranger Station, Mount Philo State Park
Topo Map: Mount Philo State Park Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Snowshoe Routes: New England Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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11/21/2009

Very neat and quick jaunt up a hillside, with spectacular views of Lake Champlain and surrounding upstate NY and VT countryside. There is a trail or road to choose from. Both well-kept and well-travelled. Many people with dogs on or off-leash. Old and young frequent this hike. Takes about 45 mins up and back down with a brief pause to take in the view. Can be muddy on the trail, especially after recent rain. Very fun.

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