Silver Lake Trail

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont 05255

Elevation Gain35ft
Trailhead Elevation675ft
Elevation Min/Max639/675ft
Elevation Start/End675/675ft

Silver Lake Trail

Silver Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Addison County, Vermont. It is within Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and Green Mountain National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 675 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 35 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are cliffs and a bare rock.

Silver Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike is over 5 miles but gets a 2-paw (moderate) rating because the elevation gain is minimal. Silver Lake shares the same approach as Mount Moosalamoo for the first half mile, but after that it is an entirely different hiking experience taking you to a pristine lake with an interesting past."

"A pristine lake with a number of tent sites and an interpretive trail with numbered historical points around its perimeter. This hike is over 5 miles long, but gets a moderate rating because the elevation gain is minimal.

The approach to Silver Lake is the same as the hike to Mount Moosalamoo for the first half mile, but after that it is an entirely different hiking experience, to a pristine lake rather than a mountaintop. From the trailhead parking area, walk up a short rise to a Forest Service access road, an unpaved lane that is not opened to motorized traffic."

"This remote mountain lake in a scenic setting is reached by a 0.6-mile hike, and there is primitive camping on-site under towering hemlocks. This is a great area to combine with hikes on various trails within the green Mountain National Forest."

"Hike past exceptional waterfalls and swimming holes to a peaceful lake surrounded by backcountry campsites. The Falls of Lana have carved a gorge horizontally through the face of a cliff, with mist rising up from its several cascades.

Venture into its secluded swimming holes, and complete your trip with a moderate walk up a babbling brook to a beautiful high-mountain lake, dotted with private backcountry campsites. Make this a weekend trip by staying here or at next-door Branbury State Park’s campground on Lake Dunmore. Nestled in the Green Mountain National Forest’s Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, this trip is like none other we have found in New England."

Silver Lake Trail Reviews

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What a beautiful trail! Views of Silver Lake and the Falls of Lana. It took our group about three hours (plus) to finish. The trail is definitely moderate, and there is an incline at the beginning. Once you get to get to the falls it is necessary to navigate rocks and roots. Great trail.
This area is great. Set up camp at one of 15 tent sites and then set out to circumvent the lake. The hike is easy and relaxing with the creek winding along with you. There are usually a fair number of people camping although there was only 4 sites taken the weekend we camped but everyone had a dog. The sites provide a picinic table and fire ring with grill to cook on. The fishing, without a boat, is not spectacular but we did manage 2 brookies and a perch, oh and an unfortunate young bass that got a hook in the eye. It was tasty nonetheless.

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Trail Information

Green Mountain National Forest
Nearby City
Green Mountain National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Elevation Loss
Additional Use
Moosalamoo National Recreation Area,
Local Contacts
USGS East Middlebury quad;
Local Maps

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Jul 2018