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Pinnacle Meadows Trail

Shorter route to the top of Stowe Pinnacle.

Hiking Difficult

4.6 km
311 m
310 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
506 m
High Point
790 m
Pinnacle Meadows Trail Map

Pinnacle Meadows is the upper trailhead for Stowe Pinnacle. The hike from here is shorter, but a bit less exciting than the hike from the lower trailhead. Whereas that one is a narrow footpath the whole way, this one starts on a dirt road (closed to cars).


It doesn't stay that way for too long, however, and it doesn't skip the exciting final climb to the top of the Pinnacle. After a gradual ascent through the forest on the dirt road, you'll come to a grassy hillside field. From there a narrow trail continues into the forest and crosses boardwalks over muddy sections. It soon becomes much becomes steeper on the upper slopes of the mountain.

Soon you'll come to the junction with Stowe Pinnacle Trail and join it. This steep, winding path has some stairs and rock scrambling, but nothing too difficult. You'll find incredible views once you reach the bald granite summit, overlooking Stowe and the Green Mountains all around.

Note: Even though this trail starts out easy, the final stretch to reach the Pinnacle is strenuous, and requires some comfort with rock scrambling. It may not be suitable for small children, and the risks become greater in wet or cold weather.

Sources: https://gostowe.com/activity/hiking/ https://fpr.vermont.gov/putnam-cc-state-forest https://www.summitpost.org/stowe-pinnacle-trail/162722



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and November


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

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