Mount Ascutney-Weathersfield Trail

Windsor, Vermont 5089

Mount Ascutney-Weathersfield Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A half-day hike to a challenging peak on Vermont’s eastern border. Don’t be fooled by the lumpish profile of Mount Ascutney; this hike is more challenging than it looks. As you approach the base of the Weathers field Trail from the
Connecticut Valley, a single radio tower stands atop a subordinate peak that hides a greater height and conceals a deep ravine between the trailhead and actual summit.

This deceptive mountain is a classic monadnock—a core of resistant rock that persevered through an Ice Age winter. Passing glaciers long ago scoured away foothills that would have eased your climb, leaving only illusive slopes that vault steeply to the top."

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8/13/2011
Oh boy, the muscles in my legs were certainly tested, especially on the descent. This "monadnock" is a real pip. The views were fantastic from the hang-gliding ramp and from the observation tower.
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11/30/2009
We loved this hike. We followed our dog all the way - he somehow seemed to know exactly whcih way to go. It is a challenging hike for 2 legged beings. But it was absolutely worth it especially when we reached the snow covered firns nr the top - it was like entering a Christmas wonderland, and the views from the summit are spectacular. Do it!
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10/7/2008
This was a great hike. Cyrstal Cascade water fall was nothing like I've ever seen in New England. The trail was a lillte hard to follow but over all it was a moderate on the difficulty range. The views from the glider ramp and the fire tower at the summit were impressive. Mountains that stand alone never dissapoint in this department. One of my favorite hikes of all time
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10/4/2008
We went on a nice fall day. The hike was a good workout and in my opinion the trail was very well marked. I would definitely recommend this trail to the average to experienced hiker. The ups and downs of the trail were amazing but a lot some time for stopping to enjoy the scenery.
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5/5/2008
We went on a sunny spring day. The trail still had snow on the ground in places especially up near the summit. It is a pretty good workout and overall well marked. The waterfall at 1 mile mark is impressive. As you near the top, there is a wooded area that is not very well marked. Overall, not very crowded and a positive experience.
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8/27/2007
Great trail with occasional patches of loose, small gravel. Sneakers were fine. Cascade Falls were completely dry which I've never seen before. Some downhill obscurities on the trail. We passed another group of hikers who noted an active bees nest within trail boundaries. One of them had been stung.

This trail remains among my alltime favorites.
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5/13/2007
Beautiful trail - good ups and downs (mostly ups, obviously, but not monotonous.) Waterfalls, nice rocky river, great views up top. Wish the trail were a little more clearly marked because I went off course a few times. Otherwise a great hike.
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10/19/2006
nice trail overall. A few switchbacks not well marked, especially by the falls and the base. Backtracked a few times after losing trail, and group behind us did the same, in the same areas. Some excellent viewpoints, and top of waterfall is nearly frightening, as I have never seen anything so vertical and hard looking in the area. Nice view from the tower. Don't care for the road going to the top as it was more crowded than it should have been, but all nice people. Photos of area
http://travel.webshots.com/album/554700088btuXVn
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10/8/2006
great views from the top. barely made it back to the parking lot before it got dark, but it was worth it - at sunset this western part of Ascutney montain looks really spectacular, a really amazing visual effect.
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11/6/2005
Great hike with a nice variety of scenery, including several waterfalls and streems. Fairly steep the entire way with many rocks. I am sure there is a nice fiew at the top of the tower when it is not covered in clowds and fog. It took about 4 hours at a faster than casual pace. I would definately do this hike again.
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Trail Information

Windsor
Nearby City
5.8
Distance
2,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, District I, 100 Mineral Street, Suite 304, Springfield, VT 05156; (802) 885-8824
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Ascutney quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018