Blue Ridge Mountain via Canty Trail

A classic summer hike between Rutland and Killington with epic views and a waterfall.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
7.3 km
Ascent
473 m
Descent
473 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
561 m
High Point
991 m
Gradient
14˚
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Blue Ridge Mountain via Canty Trail Map

Description

The Canty Trail to Blue Ridge Mountain is a classic summit hike and the only route to this 3,250' peak towering over Mendon. The official summit offers epic views, though look for a side trail leading west to an even better overlook of Rutland! Making this hike even more fantastic, there's even a spur trail that leads to a large cascade about 1.6-miles from the trailhead!

While this hike could be considered moderate to an experienced hiker, wet rocks and roots can still be difficult to negotiate. Mud is also likely in the spring, earning Vermont its nickname "Vermud" among thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Despite its status as a summer hike, its speculated that some snowshoe the route during the winter. Early into the hike, you'll pass several abandoned cabins that are likely only used as winter warming huts, or as shelter from summer thunderstorms.

Parking is limited where the trail begins, but the town of Killington suggests finding a spot on the east side Old Turnpike Road, maybe closer to Rt. 4. Make sure you allocate extra time for the road walk, since it could add up to 30 minutes depending on where you park.

Sources: http://sadieshouseonwheels.blogspot.com/2011/08/blue-ridge-mountain-via-canty-trail.html https://www.killingtontown.com/vertical/sites/%7BE4345A2E-9636-47A3-9B74-2E6220745729%7D/uploads/HikingTrailGuide2018Back.pdf

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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