The Dome

Pownal, Vermont

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Although just over the state line in Vermont, The Dome is a familiar natural landmark for Williamstown residents. This out-and-back route to its summit is in fact accessible only from Williamstown. Quite unlike any mountaintop in the area, The Dome’s rounded quartzite summit, boggy wetlands, and spruce-fir forest are tantalizingly reminiscent of northern New England or Canada. Walk around a cable to follow an old roadway marked by rectangular red blazes. The rocky road leads easily uphill under sugar maple, ash, several species of birch, and towering white pines. After oaks appear, enter a small meadow filled with goldenrod, a few black-eyed Susan, and Saint-John’s-wort, which has starry yellow blossoms in summer. You’ll soon reach a road on the right blocked by earth. American beech sprouts form a thick sapling layer below the oaks and sugar maples, and a low rock wall runs adjacent to the old road and then turns right. You’ll encounter a number of detours or reroutes made by all-terrain vehicles along the route.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Although just over the state line in Vermont, The Dome is a familiar natural landmark for Williamstown residents. This out-and-back route to its summit is in fact accessible only from Williamstown. Quite unlike any mountaintop in the area, The Dome’s rounded quartzite summit, boggy wetlands, and spruce-fir forest are tantalizingly reminiscent of northern New England or Canada.

Walk around a cable to follow an old roadway marked by rectangular red blazes. The rocky road leads easily uphill under sugar maple, ash, several species of birch, and towering white pines. After oaks appear, enter a small meadow filled with goldenrod, a few black-eyed Susan, and Saint-John’s-wort, which has starry yellow blossoms in summer. You’ll soon reach a road on the right blocked by earth. American beech sprouts form a thick sapling layer below the oaks and sugar maples, and a low rock wall runs adjacent to the old road and then turns right. You’ll encounter a number of detours or reroutes made by all-terrain vehicles along the route.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Pownal
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 1,715 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester Ranger Station, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255; 802-362-2307; www.fs.usda.gov/greenmountain. The trail is maintained by the Williams Outing Club, 39 Chapin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267 (413-597-2317; wso.williams.edu/orgs/woc/).
Local Maps: USGS Pownal, VT
Driving Directions: Directions to The Dome

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