Jay Peak

Westfield, Vermont 05874

Jay Peak

Jay Peak Professional Review and Guide

"This boreal forest hike to the summit of Vermont’s northernmost ski area features sweeping views of northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, as well as southern Quebec."

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"A half-day hike to the northernmost Green Mountain peak. There’s no mistaking Jay Peak, the most northerly Green Mountain summit, which rises in splendid isolation just 6.0 miles south of Canada’s border.

Seen from the east, Jay’s angular facets of bare rock resemble a European Alp, complete with a year-round tramway station cantilevered off the top. From other directions, the mountain looks less severe, its sculptured multi-mounded appearance more inviting to a hiker’s approach."

"Jay Peak is the northernmost peak in Vermont of any prominence. It is most known as a ski resort, but hikers enjoy it for its views to Canada, only 10 miles away. Dogs will find most of the route rather easy, with one exception, where the Long Trail (LT) crosses a ski trail."

"Short hike on the Long Trail to the open rocky top of Vermont’s northernmost ski area with stellar views into southern Quebec. At 0.9 mile, there is a break in the trees to the left, with a nice view of the neighboring peaks to the north and into Canada.

Enter the woods on the LT–North (white blazes), immediately passing the Atlas Valley Shelter, a four-person lean-to that was built in 1967 from wood supplied by the Atlas timber company. It was not intended for overnight use, but it works in a pinch. The main trail starts out as much stream as footpath after a heavy rain, but the footing is easy. It soon begins to climb, getting increasingly steeper and becoming more rocky and well-worn."

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7/9/2007
The cabin has a delicate water supply, not good for dogs to make a mess of. It is small and in a damp place: bugs are a problem. The weather can come up fast in those parts, especially on the mountain, which juts into the sky. I got rained on a sunny day.
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3/1/2007
Great Mountain with great snow Stay at Grunts Lodge for cheap
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6/17/2006
This portion of the Long Trail was well-maintained and had varied terrain. I took my Samoyed with me and she and I faired well climbing the rocks and maneuvering over the pipes adjacent to one of the ski slopes. It was cloudy when I reached the summit, but still had quite a view in all directions. Signs at the summit pointed to various locations and sites in view, which helped in identifying other peaks.
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4/3/2003
The trail up Jay peak is a great day hike! Suggestion is to do it in early October;the weather is perfect, the air is crisp, fresh and clean, and upon arriving at the peak you are delighted with an amazing breath taking view. As far as the eye can see, there are rolling hills of orange, red and yellow trees. The view is priceless.
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Trail Information

Westfield
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.4
Distance
1,638 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Summer and Winter
Season
USGS Jay Peak
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