Stowe Pinnacle Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Stowe Pinnacle gives a big reward for a relatively small effort. It is a favorite among Stowe locals, with and without dogs. It is best to go midweek, especially if your dog does not have impeccable social skills. Located in C.C. Putnam State Forest, the trail is an excellent half-day hike. Although there is not much water on the route, most of the hike is shaded, which makes it a good choice on a warm day."
--Lisa Densmore, Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Pinnacle’s rocky knob provides dramatic close-up views of the Worcester Range and the pastoral Stowe Valley."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"A recreational climb to a scenic peak overlooking the Stowe Valley. The most popular hike in the lower Worchester Range, with 11,000 visitors annually. Nearly 800 feet lower than Mount Hunger, Stowe Pinnacle still commands breath-taking mountain views. Though the looming summits of the Worcester Range block the eastern horizon, Stowe Pinnacle’s granite knobs share its neighbor’s perspective on Mount Mans field and the northern Green Mountains that tower majestically above Smugglers Notch and Stowe Valley to the west. The comparative reduction in elevation gain and easy access from the heart of Stowe Village make the Pinnacle Trail the route of choice for casual recreation."
--Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour), Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"Short hike to an open rock knob with a 360-degree view of north-central Vermont. With its impressive summit views, Stowe Pinnacle gives a huge reward for a relatively small effort. It is a favorite among Stowe locals looking for some exercise to a mountaintop destination without a full-day commitment. Located in C. C. Putnam State Forest, the Stowe Pinnacle Trail (blue blazes) is closed during mud season, April 15 to Memorial Day. Most of the hike, until the very end, is shaded, which makes it a good choice on a warm summer day."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"The hike up to the Stowe Pinnacle rewards with a mostly treeless summit that provides incredible views of the main spine of the northern Green Mountains to the west, including Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, and the town of Stowe and the Waterbury Reservoir stretching out below."
--Eli Burakian, Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
Great trail and we went a day after the record rainfall! Not a piece of litter considering how many day hikers we saw. View was fantastic at the summit, though colors were lacking reds. Great trail to have our dogs on.
Great trail, relentlessly uphill. Can be icy in shoulder seasons. Views are mediocre until you reach the top, then the view is just plain spectacular. This type of view normally takes much longer to achieve. Ideal morning or afternoon 1/2 day hike!
Nice trail. Bottom is swampy, but the boards help. May be better later in the season.
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