Guidebook

Stowe, Vermont's Very Best Hikes for Summer and Fall

Surrounded by woods, rivers, and mountains—including the tallest in the state—Stowe, Vermont is a Northeast hiker's paradise.

Description

Stowe, Vermont is a famed winter destination for skiing, but it’s also ideal in the summer and fall for hiking, when the trails are snow-free and the leaves—deep green in summer and fiery in the fall—are on the trees. The best months for hiking around Stowe are June through October—after the “mud season” is over and before the leaves drop and the snow returns.

All through the summer, the weather is ideal for being outside. Dense trees cast shade across the mountain slopes, cold water streams down the valleys, and the sun shines on most days. Rain showers and chilly wind are always a possibility, but they are just part of Vermont’s mountain character. Then comes autumn when the leaves change. Few places on Earth rival the color show in Vermont! Hundreds of tree species take turns showing off throughout September and October, and the mountains become carpeted in color.

With mountains rising on either side of the town, one of which is the tallest in Vermont, the hiking possibilities near Stowe are endless. You don’t want to miss out on the best hikes if you have limited time to explore, so here’s a checklist of must-do routes in the area, including a range of difficulties and distance from town. You’ll find everything from short walks to local waterfalls to challenging treks to the top of Mount Mansfield.

Stowe Pinnacle Trail
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Stowe Pinnacle Trail

1 - 2 hrs
4.9 km
470 m
470 m
A must-do hike in Stowe, to a granite dome with 360-degree views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
Difficult
Private
Moss Glen Falls
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Moss Glen Falls

0 - 1 hrs
0.8 km
30 m
30 m
Short hike to a multi-tiered waterfall tucked in a granite gorge.
Easy
Private
Mount Hunger via Waterbury Trail
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Mount Hunger via Waterbury Trail

2 - 3 hrs
5.6 km
696 m
696 m
Straight up the slope of Mount Hunger to its panoramic summit.
Difficult
Private
Skyline Trail
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Skyline Trail

4 - 5 hrs
14.5 km
1,118 m
1,100 m
A committing traverse of the surprisingly rugged and varied peaks east of Stowe.
Severe
Private
Bingham Falls
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Bingham Falls

Stowe
0 - 1 hrs
0.8 km
56 m
56 m
A 40-foot waterfall and summer swimming holes in a mountain stream.
Easy
Private
Sterling Pond Trail
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Sterling Pond Trail

Stowe
1 - 2 hrs
3.1 km
279 m
279 m
Popular hike to a large pond near the top of a mountain.
Moderate
Private
Long Trail South to Mansfield Summit
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Long Trail South to Mansfield Summit

Stowe
2 - 3 hrs
6.7 km
835 m
835 m
Hike Mount Mansfield bottom to top, starting from just outside Stowe Mountain Ski Resort.
Severe
Private
Mount Mansfield: Sunset Ridge Trail
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Mount Mansfield: Sunset Ridge Trail

2 - 3 hrs
8.2 km
770 m
770 m
Widely considered the best trail to the 4,393-foot summit of Mount Mansfield.
Difficult
Private
Long Trail: Winooski River to VT-15
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Long Trail: Winooski River to VT-15

1 day +
50.6 km
3,434 m
3,376 m
The trek over Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak.
Difficult
Private
Worcester Mountain Trail

Worcester Mountain Trail

2 - 3 hrs
7.3 km
588 m
584 m
Rewarding hike to a lesser-known summit of the mountains near Stowe.
Difficult
Private