Best Backpacking in Vermont

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Lye Brook Wilderness


The 18,000-acre Lye Brook Wilderness perches atop a high-elevation plateau in the southern Green Mountains. Its west front drops steeply into the broad marble valley of Manchester. Century-old forest…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Manchester, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness


Deep in the southern Green Mountains, 3,748-foot Glastenbury Mountain rises above a vast sea of uninterrupted woodland. A fire tower crowns the summit, offering 360-degree views over some of Ver…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Bennington, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 22.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Breadloaf Wilderness


The Breadloaf Wilderness’s 25,000 acres include 27 miles of the Long Trail and a chain of rugged 3,000-foot peaks. Views are precious in this forested region, but the streams, forests, trails, and she…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Middlebury, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 12.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Mount Mansfield


Mount Mansfield’s long alpine spine resembles a human face. He looks upward; the top of his head points south. His features are named promontories—the Forehead, the Nose, the Adam’s Apple—but the Chin…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Underhill Center, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 10.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Camel's Hump State Park


A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across the state. A 20,000-acre protected landscape surrounds it. No structure h…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Waterbury Center, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Grafton, Townshend, Newfane, Brattleboro, Wilmington, Bennington, North Bennington, Manchester, & Dorset/East Rupert, VT


This itinerary visits many towns and villages in southern Vermont. Grafton is a lovely village, restored beginning in 1963 by the Windham Foundation. Money earned by businesses in town is plowed right…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Brattleboro, VT - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Mount Independence, Basin Harbor, Shelburne, Burlington, & Grand Isle, VT


Mount Independence was once the site of an important Revolutionary War military compound. Today, remains include the blockhouse, gun batteries, a stockade, and a hospital. The visitors’ center and mus…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Burlington, VT - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Sugarbush Valley, Plymouth, Ludlow, Weston, & Jamaica, VT


Route 100 is perhaps the most famous road in Vermont. It stretches all the way from Lake Mempremagog on the Canadian border to the Massachusetts border, following the spine of the Green Mountains much…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Plymouth, VT - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Killington/Pico, Woodstock, & Quechee, VT


Killington is by far the biggest ski area in New England, stretching 11 miles over seven peaks from West Bridgewater to the west side of the Sherburne Pass, and now including the Pico ski area. Within…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Woodstock, VT - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Smuggler's Notch, Stowe, & Bolton Valley, VT


Smugglers’ Notch ski terrain covers not one but three mountains: Morse at 2,250 feet, Sterling at 3,010 feet, and Madonna at 3,640 feet. The trails cover the whole spectrum of ability levels, from dou…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Stowe, VT - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Rutland, Proctor, Pittsford, Ripton, & Middlebury, VT


Rutland, the second largest city in Vermont, was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. In the 1770s Rutland prospered as a frontier town, with both a gristmill and a sawmil…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Middlebury, VT - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Bourn Pond–Stratton Pond Loop


Overnight backpacking through a microburst area and past two ponds, followed by a long peaceful forest walk through Lye Brook Wilderness. The hike to Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond is an excellent way…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Green Mountains"
Manchester, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Glastenbury Mountain


Established in 2006, the 22,425-acre Glastenbury Wilderness highlights one of Vermont’s remotest areas. Its namesake mountain, while not in the wilderness, provides sweeping 360- degreeviews from its…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes in New England"
Bennington, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 22.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Stratton Pond and Mountain


This classic hike includes the largest lake on the Long Trail and the summit where James P. Taylor first visualized its creation. In 1917, his dream came true and today Stratton Pond and Mountain are…
From the guidebook "100 Classic Hikes in New England"
Stratton Mountain, VT - Backpacking, Hiking - 13.1 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books