Mount Olga Trail

Wilmington, Vermont 5363

Elevation Gain539ft
Trailhead Elevation1,892ft
Elevation Min/Max1889/2415ft
Elevation Start/End1892/1892ft

Mount Olga Trail

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).

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
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"This loop trail to Mount Olga’s lookout tower is a pleasant ramble through a rich forest."
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"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."
Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Eli Burakian
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"With a lookout tower on the top, Mt. Olga has one of the best views in southern Vermont."

Mount Olga Trail Trip Reports

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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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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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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Molly Stark State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Wilmington, Jacksonville
Local Maps

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