Mount Norris

Eden, Vermont 05653

Mount Norris

Mount Norris Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A half-day hike to an uncivilized peak with tremendous North Country views. Knee deep in skid-road mud searching for missing blazes, I confess that a certain negativity colored my first impressions of this hike. I got over it at the top. Fact is, the wild scrambles and great views concealed on this untamed peak are worth some aggravation.

Two trails lead to the summit, but in wet years parts of the Dean Trail may be reduced to muck. The bottom end of the Mount Norris Trail can also suffer, but hikers with good intuition should be able to find their way and not be bothered by mud."

Mount Norris Trip Reports

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From driving North on Route 100, the trailhead is accessed by taking the first left immedately after Mt. Norris Boy Scout camp. The road has been recently reworked, but is still a bit rough. It allows you to drive up to a small unmarked parking area on the right side...not far up from route 100. From there you walk up the logging road 5-10 minutes until you see a pile of rocks with blue blazes located off the road on the right hand side. The trail marker is difficult to see. So keep your eyes open. The trail has not been well maintained, but is passable and marked with blue blazes, red blazes, and orange ribbon markers. The hike took us (2 middle aged men) about 3 hours to get to the summit. Several sections were very technical and involved some maneuvering up very steep and challenging rock faces to reach the first scenic vantage point. This is not a family hike. Only experience hikers who are comfortable with free climbing should consider this hike. Rope may be helpful. Aside from the technical challenges of the hike, it's a pretty steep and steady accent. I would rate this considerably more difficult than Camels Hump or Mt Hunger (even though this is a much shorter hike). The view from the top however is quite impressive. See the photos I posted.
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Great 1/2 day hike - intermediate level with fab views. Your write-up is old. Good place to park is Eden Lake launch, then 1/4 mile walk nth on 100 to first dirt road on left. Half mile or so up this road (past cable gate) to trailhead on right - small cairn with stick and red ribbon on edge of grassy area. Trail from there is easy to follow.
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Slapped on a pair of snowshoes and just went exploring. The quietness of the hike was very much appreciated.

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Trail Information

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1,300 feet
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Camp Ranger, Mount Norris Scout Reservation, P.O. Box 28, Eden Mills, VT 05653; (802) 635-7463
Local Contacts
USGS Albany quad
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