Mount Ascutney Trail

Windsor, Vermont

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It’s long, it’s tough, it’s complicated. But the hike to the Ascutney summit is worth it. In fact, with all the intriguing distractions, the kids will probably notice neither the length of this route nor the steady climb. Numerous stream crossings near miniature waterfalls, water slides, and pools highlight the initial mile, while a series of overlooks with terrific local views characterizes the next mile or so. The frequent trail junctions allow kids to hone their map- and compass-reading skills. A trailside lean-to shelters overnight campers, and the summit lookout tower invites all to survey the landscape from a giant’s perspective. An added bonus: Unlike most mountain climbs, as you gain elevation, the slope eases. Your legs will appreciate that!
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

It’s long, it’s tough, it’s complicated. But the hike to the Ascutney summit is worth it. In fact, with all the intriguing distractions, the kids will probably notice neither the length of this route nor the steady climb. Numerous stream crossings near miniature waterfalls, water slides, and pools highlight the initial mile, while a series of overlooks with terrific local views characterizes the next mile or so.

The frequent trail junctions allow kids to hone their map- and compass-reading skills. A trailside lean-to shelters overnight campers, and the summit lookout tower invites all to survey the landscape from a giant’s perspective. An added bonus: Unlike most mountain climbs, as you gain elevation, the slope eases. Your legs will appreciate that!

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Windsor
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: Ascutney State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Ascutney
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ascutney Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/29/2010
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Brutal hick for average views. Best view was from the observation tower. Small waterfall, about 1/2 mile up.



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