Okemo Mountain

Mount Holly, Vermont 5758

Okemo Mountain

Okemo Mountain Professional Guide

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"A historical fire tower on this big peak gives 360-degree views across all of southern Vermont."

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)
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"This is a half-day climb on a little-known trail to remarkable fire tower views. Mount Okemo rises only 15 miles due west of Mount Ascutney, but geological differences prove that these mountains originated half a world apart. A portion of the billion-year-old Precambrian Green Mountain core, Mount Okemo is native to these parts, carved by glaciers into soft contours that reach out to surrounding hills. Mount Ascutney, by contrast, is the new kind on the block--an ice-resistant chunk of White Mountain pluton that crossed the Atlantic only 350 million years ago to stand in stark isolation above a valley floor. In practical terms, the geographical history of these neighboring summits explains why Mount Okemo supports a kinder, gentler trail."
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"The Healdville Trail (blue blazes) is the main hiking trail to the top of Okemo Mountain, which is slightly higher than the ski area. Built by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Healdville Trail is now managed by the State of Vermont as part of the 7500-acre Okemo State Forest. It is well maintained with real footbridges, rather than the usual two logs anchored in place. It starts over the first of these bridges before heading into a hardwood forest. The footing is easy, and the trail is wide. It quickly crosses a second stream, then heads uphill in earnest along the left the side of Branch Brook. The brook tumbles over a number of small waterfalls forming a series of tiny pools, each a perfect resting spot where your dog can cool off on a hot day."
"This is a pleasant hike through an airy hardwood forest along a cascading brook to a historic fire tower with a 360-degree view. The Green Mountain Club recommends staying off the Long Trail during mud season to protect it from excessive erosion, which makes Okemo Mountain, also called Ludlow Mountain, a particularly good choice if you have the urge to hike before Memorial Day. The Healdville Trail (blue blazes), which is the main hiking trail up Okemo Mountain, is neither steep nor overly wet. It is located on the northern side of the mountain away from the ski area, so it feels like a true backcountry experience."

Okemo Mountain Trip Reports

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Very good hike. The trail was nice and smooth winding through mostly old growth forest at the bottom and soft woods near the top. The trail had nice constant elevation gain, 1900 ft so it was a moderate. The summit was not exposed but the fire tower gave great views of Ascuntey to the East, Monadnock to the south east, Stratton and the Taconic in the south, the Green Mt National forest to the west, and Killington in the north. The leafs were near peak so the colors were awesome!
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great hike. not difficult and fun to see such large birches--and then switch from hardwood to fir forests.
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This trail is a nice hike through a hard wood forest like the author says to A fire tower. The trailhead is found easily with the description that is given also, it well blazed. I used snow shoes on the trail you might be able to get away with crampons because the trail was pretty much hard packed all the way to the fire tower. If you plan to bushwack some you will want snow shoes. I would say that there is about 18" to 20" of powder off of the trail. I wish I could tell you about the view from the tower but it was snowing when I did this hike.
All in All A good hike
Enjoy, Robert


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Trail Information

Mount Holly
Nearby City
1,950 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
Summer and Winter
USGS Mount Holly
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