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A historical fire tower on this big peak gives 360-degree views across all of southern Vermont.
Okemo Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"A historical fire tower on this big peak gives 360-degree views across all of southern Vermont."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
More Okemo Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour), Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Lisa Densmore, Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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