The Dome

Pownal, Vermont 5261

The Dome

The Dome Professional Review and Guide

"Although just over the state line in Vermont, The Dome is a familiar natural landmark for Williamstown residents. This out-and-back route to its summit is in fact accessible only from Williamstown. Quite unlike any mountaintop in the area, The Dome’s rounded quartzite summit, boggy wetlands, and spruce-fir forest are tantalizingly reminiscent of northern New England or Canada.

Walk around a cable to follow an old roadway marked by rectangular red blazes. The rocky road leads easily uphill under sugar maple, ash, several species of birch, and towering white pines. After oaks appear, enter a small meadow filled with goldenrod, a few black-eyed Susan, and Saint-John’s-wort, which has starry yellow blossoms in summer. You’ll soon reach a road on the right blocked by earth. American beech sprouts form a thick sapling layer below the oaks and sugar maples, and a low rock wall runs adjacent to the old road and then turns right. You’ll encounter a number of detours or reroutes made by all-terrain vehicles along the route."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,715 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester Ranger Station, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255; 802-362-2307; The trail is maintained by the Williams Outing Club, 39 Chapin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267 (413-597-2317;
Local Contacts
USGS Pownal, VT
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018