Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Lamoille County, Vermont

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain1,681ft
Trailhead Elevation1,113ft
Top2,649ft
Elevation Min/Max1113/2649ft
Elevation Start/End1113/1113ft

Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a hiking trail in Lamoille County, Vermont. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 1,113 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,681 feet. The trail ends near Stowe Pinnacle (elevation 2,628 feet). This trail connects with the following: Hogback Trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"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." Read more
Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
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"The Pinnacle’s rocky knob provides dramatic close-up views of the Worcester Range and the pastoral Stowe Valley." Read more
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)
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"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." Read more
Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Eli Burakian
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"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." Read more

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7/6/2018
Short hike (45 -60 minutes up) to a gorgeous view. Little steep at the peak so just watch your kids.
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10/2/2010
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.
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11/6/2009
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!
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5/5/2006
Nice trail. Bottom is swampy, but the boards help. May be better later in the season.
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8/18/2004
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Trail Information

Lamoille County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, District IV, 5 Perry Street, Suite 20, Barre, VT 05641-4265; (802) 476-0170
Local Contacts
USGS Stowe Quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018