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This short but challenging loop hike offers some fun steep rock scrambling, a walk along a cliff, and amazing views of Lake Willoughby and some of the high peaks of Vermont.
Wheeler Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"This short but challenging loop hike offers some fun steep rock scrambling, a walk along a cliff, and amazing views of Lake Willoughby and some of the high peaks of Vermont."
--Eli Burakian, Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
More Wheeler Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides
"This could be the perfect hike: mostly moderate climbing with short steep sections, sweeping views from wide-open ledges, and the thrilling adventure of scrambling up rocky slabs. Similar to New Hampshire’s Welch and Dickey mountains, Mount Wheeler offers quintessential slab hiking to gorgeous views over the surrounding landscape. The short distance combined with the exposed nature of the approach makes for an unforgettable experience for families. Much of Wheeler Mountain is on private land, but recreational use has been permitted by the landowners. Please continue to respect the private property and stay on the trail. Two trails approach the summit: Red Trail is steeper with open slabs, and White Trail is more gentle. We describe a counterclockwise loop ascending Red Trail and descending White Trail; if your younger hikers may struggle with steep grades, summit and descend via White Trail instead."
--Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair, Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Wheeler Mountain is one of Vermont’s quickest hikes to panoramic views of the Northeast Kingdom landscape, including the spectacular fjordlike Lake Willoughby."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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