Mount Olga Trail

Wilmington, Vermont

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain539ft
Trailhead Elevation1,892ft
Top2,415ft
Elevation Min/Max1889/2415ft
Elevation Start/End1892/1892ft
Mount Olga Trail is a hiking trail in Wilmington, Vermont. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,892 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 539 feet. The Molly Stark State Park Campsites camp site is near the trailhead. The trail ends near Mount Olga (elevation 2,418 feet).

Mount Olga Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This loop trail to Mount Olga’s lookout tower is a pleasant ramble through a rich forest."

"Mount Olga is located in Molly Stark State Park. The woman for whom the mountain is named is unknown, but the woman for whom the state park is named - Molly Stark - is legendary. Molly Stark was born Elizabeth Page in 1737. She was nicknamed “Molly” by her husband, John Stark, who became a brigadier general in the New Hampshire Militia (which included Vermont during colonial times). In 1777, during the Battle of Bennington, Stark sent a message to his wife, ”Send every man from the farm that will come, and let the haying go to hell.” Molly not only complied, but also recruited several hundred other men to aid her husband. Then she converted the Stark barn into a hospital to care for the wounded from both the American and the British sides.

The hike up Mount Olga is not nearly as tenacious as Molly Stark. In fact, it is an easy loop, but with a big reward - a fire tower with a 360-degree view of southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts. Because it is so accessible, this hike can be crowded on weekends, so plan a midweek outing with a dog."

"Why climb a mountain? “Because it’s there” is the famous answer. “Because of the views” is the answer for climbing the small, but fire-tower-view heavy 2,415-foot Mount Olga in southern Vermont’s Molly Stark State Park. To be fair the summit on Mount Olga is actually quite cluttered. There are a few wooden maintenance shacks for the antenna perched atop the mountain. While standing on the summit, you can’t see a thing. So, what do you do? Take off those snowshoes and start climbing the steps of the fire tower.

From the enclosed tower the spectacular 360-degree panorama takes in portions of three states—southern Vermont, northern Massachusetts, and southwestern New Hampshire. Valley floors give way to alpine slopes. Evergreens frame each picture from the window panes in the fire tower. Surface quality: Ungroomed."

Mount Olga Trail Reviews

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3/1/2007
This is a great, short hike! Make note in the directions, however, that they give you estimates and such coming from Wilmington, not Brattleboro! Flip all the directions around and add about 10 miles to the distance to the park entrance if you are coming from I91 ;0) Once you are at the top, you have to make the trip up the tower - great view - and you can only get it up there! Great snowshoeing trail if you are looking for a little hike but don't have all day...
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1/2/2006
The mileage was a bit deceptive for this trail which made it kind of rough on my 6 year old.He got pretty tired on the uphill trek. There were more twists and turns than the guide shows. The views were nice at the top with the exception of having the cell tower,etc up there. The return portion was fun and fast. We enjoyed jumping over the little streams and checking out the rock formations. Maybe not the best outing for small children.
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10/30/2003
It was pretty fun. Im not an experienced hiker, and this trail had it all, hills, and streams. It was a lot of fun, and the round trip from the bottom to the tower and back was a great work out.
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Wilmington
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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
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Jun 2018