Rewarding hike to a lesser-known summit of the mountains near Stowe.


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The Worcester Range is the rib of mountains between the towns of Stowe and Worcester.

Worcester Mountain is the namesake peak, though it’s not the tallest in the range.

Its 3,274-foot summit is high and rocky enough to be only sparsely vegetated; thus, the views are impressive on a clear day.

You can see the Green Mountains to the west, and you can see quite far over the less mountainous landscape to the east.

The next major range eastward is the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and they are obvious on the horizon. Worcester Mountain Trail starts out rather mellow, gradually ascending a deeply forested valley with several flowing streams, some of which must be crossed.

Thus, this trail becomes especially wet and muddy following snowmelt and rain.

The incline increases sharply later in the hike, as the trail makes a deliberate ascent to the top of the mountain.

Some sections are on bare rock and ledges, but the angle is generally less severe than what you’ll find on nearby summits like [Stowe Pinnacle]( or [Mount Hunger](

Eventually, you’ll top out on the picturesque, but often cold and windy, summit of Worcester Mountain.

Here the trail joins with [Skyline Trail](, which is a ridge walk that continues along the spine toward Mount Hunger. Sources: