Mount Philo State Park Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Who says you need to work hard to enjoy wonderful views? lf you can get over the fact that you don’t have to suffer to earn a reward (and we New England Puritan types have a very hard time with this!), you’ll enjoy this sweet, short hike and the panoramas at the top of Mount Philo, in Vermont’s oldest state park. Mount Philo still bears a few scars from a wicked ice storm in January 1998, when trees were toppled or split down the middle, ravaging much of the forest-here and throughout the Northeast.
As a result, the state put in a cleared road to the summit, on the path of an old horse-and-carriage trail. There’s also a new parking lot at the top. Picnic tables and grills are everywhere and, while this doesn’t mean much to the winter hiker, it makes the destination more user-friendly in summertime. With ample snow cover, you could take the summit road up this little peak, but the trail is a better choice. The fairly straight-up climb, with a few small switchbacks, will be a more interesting and energizing route, so you’ll feel you’ve earned some relaxing and sightseeing at the top."