Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

Elevation Gain1,282ft
Trailhead Elevation848ft
Elevation Min/Max842/1862ft
Elevation Start/End848/842ft

Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail

Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail is a hiking trail in Addison County, Vermont. It is within Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and Green Mountain National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,282 feet. The trail ends near Rattlesnake Point (elevation 1,594 feet) and other cliffs. This trail connects with the following: Silver Lake Trail, North Branch Trail, Falls of Lana Trail, Aunt Jenny Trail and Oak Ridge Trail.

Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail Professional Guides

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"Moosalamoo is an Abenaki term that loosely translated means “he trails the moose” or “the moose departs.” It was the original name of Lake Dunmore, then the mountain, and now the entire 22,000-acre region. Hike to a dramatic cliff above Lake Dunmore, then through a peaceful upland forest to a modest view at the summit and a wild blueberry feast. It sees little foot traffic, is fairly smooth, and is not very steep above the cliffs, which makes for a pleasant walk through airy woods."
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Rattlesnake Cliffs and the Falls of Lana comprise two dramatic destinations in the Green Mountain National Forest’s 20,000-acre Moosalamoo Scenic Recreation Area. Located in westcentral Vermont, the Moosalamoo area lies in the shadows of higher summits to the east; however, in many ways, the region’s natural features are more stunning and picturesque. In fact, the breathtaking views of the Champlain Valley and the distant Adirondack Mountains enjoyed from atop Rattlesnake Cliffs’ precipitous perch are among the finest in the Green Mountain State."
Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
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"Tall waterfalls, exceptional views from a rocky promontory, and a wide array of activities within the 20,000-acre Moosalamoo National Recreation Area make this a hike not to miss."
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)
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"A national magazine has touted Silver Lake as one of the fifteen best springtime campsites in the country. Its standards were right on track, but its season was too confined. In fact, the lakes, campgrounds, trails, and mountains that pack this scenic region make Mount Moosalamoo and Silver Lake great vacation playgrounds any time of year. Outdoor options in the area are overwhelming, and the paths described here are suited to all hikers, whether taking a break from Branbury Beach or trekking through the forest to an overnight lakeside camp. This guide contains a collection of trails to mountain views and waterfront camps for day hikers and backpackers alike."
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"On this trip, you and your family will wander near the picturesque Falls of Lana (named for an army general, not a beautiful woman named Lana). You’ll climb steadily through pleasant woodlands and view Lake Dunmore, the surrounding hills, and far-off New York peaks from cliffs on Rattlesnake Point. Does a 5-mile hike seem too long? Cut the total distance by more than 3 miles by hiking to both sides of the waterfall and then returning to your vehicle. The trails cross Green Mountain National Forest as well as Branbury State Park property. Be sure to explore the park’s swimming area, campground, and playground before you head home."

Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail Trip Reports

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These are some very pretty waterfalls. You can see them both from the bottom and top. There's also a stream along the way with lots of little waterfalls in the rocks. The trail has a lot of people on the weekends so it's definitely not secluded but the trail rates a 5 for me because of the scenery and it's a challenging hike.
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You'll see many people along the way sunning and swimming. The lower section follows a large aqueduct pipe up the mountain before you hit the trail and have to decide which direction to follow. Great views the entire length of this easy hike and cold but refreshing water to soak in. The perfect spot to spend a hot day.

Trail Information

Green Mountain National Forest
Nearby City
Green Mountain National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Green Mountain National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: East Middlebury, VT
Local Maps

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