Hogback Loop Trail

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont 05058

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain693ft
Trailhead Elevation1,856ft
Top1,983ft
Elevation Min/Max1752/1983ft
Elevation Start/End1856/1856ft

Hogback Loop Trail

Hogback Loop Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Addison County, Vermont. It is within Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and Green Mountain National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 1,856 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 693 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Blueberry Hill Inn guest house. This trail connects with the following: Stewart Trail, Lee Todd Trail and Hogback/Beginner's Cutoff Trail.

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"Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest is divided in two, with northern and southern sections. The 20,000 acres that make up the northern part, called Moosalamoo, is home to more than 60 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails maintained by the Blueberry Inn, Rikert Ski Touring Center, and Churchill House Inn, as well as the Catamount Trail and other systems.

The loop begins with a gentle dip behind the blue inn, which was built in 1813, crossing a brook and then heading upward through the woods. The trail system is constructed in such a way that there are a series of climbs with plateaus, offering a flat respite as a reward for every effort. Surface quality: Groomed, single tracked, skate lane."

"Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest is divided in two, with northern and southern sections. The 20,000 acres that make up the northern part, called Moosalamoo, is home to more than 60 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails maintained by the Blueberry Inn, Rikert Ski Touring Center, and Churchill House Inn, as well as the Catamount Trail and other systems.

The trail system is constructed in such a way that there are a series of climbs with plateaus, offering a flat respite as a reward for every effort. Surface quality: Groomed, single tracked, skate lane."

"This ride's general location is halfway between Ripton and Goshen on FR 32. Scenery includes views of Hogback Mountain. It is excellent for novice riders learning trail riding. It only gains 400 feet in elevation, mostly at the start, which may seem challenging, but hang in there - the rest of the ride is worth it.

You will come to an open meadow and the Blueberry Management Area, where wild blueberries grow in abundance. The view to the east, of Romance Mountain, is stunning. The course returns you to the woods and gently back to the start, all on cross-country ski trails."

"Until recently, we’d never even heard of Moosalamoo. Yet there we were, snowshoeing like crazy and drinking gloppy Irish ale with the locals on St. Paddy’s Day. Located east of Middlebury between Route 125 to the north and Route 72 to the south the Moosalamoo region comprises 20,000 acres within the Green Mountain National Forest.

Moosalamoo, they say, is an Abenaki Indian word meaning, “He trails the moose," or “the moose departs." Red-tailed hawks, black bear, peregrine falcons, and, of course, moose, are among the residents here. And the hiking! Our feet get twitchy just thinking about it. The more we hiked, the more we discovered still more super-inviting trailheads looping around the Brandon/Moosalamoo region of Vermont’s Green Mountains."

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Trail Information

Green Mountain National Forest
Nearby City
Green Mountain National Forest
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Blueberry Hill Center
Local Contacts
USGS Brandon and East Middlebury
Local Maps