Mount Hunger Trail

Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677

Mount Hunger Trail

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"When polling frequent hikers in the Stowe area, the unanimous “Must Do” hike is Mount Hunger, one of the primary peaks in the Worcester Range, because it is relatively short but with a dazzling view.

It is also a fun hike because the upper half of the climb has many boulders and ledges to scramble up. It is definitely one of the best day hikes in Vermont for humans, and it is okay for dogs, provided your dog is energetic and agile. Save this one for midweek to avoid other people and pets."

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"Mount Hunger’s open south summit is well-known for its fabulous views of notable Vermont and New Hampshire peaks. The climb is steady and relatively long, but stream crossings, cascades, and ledgy scrambles break up the trip. Inappropriate for most preschoolers, this trip will appeal to older kids who can appreciate the dizzying panoramas. The Waterbury Trail begins as a wide path heading eastward and soon curls right (southeast) and narrows to rise gently through mature, mixed woods. How about having a scavenger hunt? Tell each child to look for a feather, a seed, a berry, and a smooth rock. In 0.15 mile, the trail bisects mossy granite outcroppings. Do all types of moss feel the same?" Read more
"A short, steep hike that’s a favorite among locals and that ends at a spectacular bald mountaintop. Mount Hunger is a perennial favorite among hikers in the Stowe area because it is relatively short and has a dazzling view from its open rock summit. It is one of the primary peaks in the Worcester Range, the next ridge east of the Mount Mansfieldridge, and thus is a terrific vantage point for an unobstructed view of the entire Mansfield profile (Adams Apple, Chin, Nose, Forehead). It is also a fun hike because the upper half of the climb has many boulders and ledges to scramble up. There are several ways to approach the summit of Mount Hunger. The Waterbury Trail (blue blazes) is both the shortest and the most vertical route." Read more

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10/4/2018
Challenging hike with steep inclines and slick rocks.
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7/20/2018
This is a great climb with beautiful views. It is pretty rigorous, but it is not a long hike -- so you get a quick, gorgeous reward for all the hard work. It is popular and can be very crowded on weekends. If you are seeking peace and solitude, get started early in the morning or the late afternoon.
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6/4/2015
Hiked up White Rock today via the Bob Kemp trail, then took the Skyline Trail to the top of Hunger, and down the Middlesex Trail. Truly awesome views from both peaks and from many places along the Skyline Trail. All trails were very wet today due to recent rain. Lots of scrambling, descending was treacherous in places, but it was all worth it!
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4/13/2012
HIked up this today, MIddlesex trail. Must say beautiful, strenuous, and lots of wet snow (winter hikers were insufficient, even with microspikes). Near to top trail was hard to find (no footsteps to travel and markings appeared and reappeared almost randomly in the steep section). All snow and little rock exposed, we weren't sure if we were still on trail. At one point we turned around because going forward would have chanced a slip and fall for a ways and off the trail. Can't wait to try it again! Snowshoes would've been better. Have also done the Bob Kemp trail to White Rock and can't say which is my favorite; both challenging and both were in different winter/spring conditions. But a must do any time of year!!
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3/7/2012
Hiked this on a really warm and sunny late winter's day. I really enjoyed it. Pretty challenging, but not long timewise. I made it up and down in about 3 hours, with a 20 min. lunch break. I used snowshoes in the soft snow on the way up, but could have used a bit more traction (my shoes are cheap+recreational), especially at the top. A great all season hike with impeccable 360 degree views. Definitely recommended.
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2/15/2010
You could not find a more worthwhile strenuous hike. We snowshoed this today. The best view I've seen in VT so far. Some technical skills required, at least in the winter.
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10/11/2009
This trial is well marked. Beautiful views from the top of Camels hump, and Mt. Mansfield. Foliage was peak in the valleys when we hiked it. It was a great beginner trail with lots of techinical hiking. I would recommend it.
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6/22/2008
This is a very nice trail in the dense woods and peaceful forest at the bottom half. Then it gets really steep and quite advanced at the top. I have weak knees so I had to turn around before the summit on the second visit. I went up about 2/3 of the way and just enjoyed the walk on the lower portion. It is also possible to walk down the road (the one you parked off) and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. This road will take you all the way to Stowe Hollow.
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Trail Information

Waterbury Center
Nearby City
4.4
Distance
2,290 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Green Mountain Club
Local Contacts
USGS Stowe
Local Maps

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Dec 2018