Fall Hiking in VT
When the air turns crisp and the tip tops of maple trees start turning red, the best season in Vermont is upon us!
If you haven’t experienced an autumn in the green mountain state, when the name no longer applies and the hills turn crimson, pumpkin and goldenrod, it is truly not to be missed. Whether you like to enjoy the foliage by getting amongst it on the steep hiking trails, or prefer a more mellow walk through the woods, there are hikes for all abilities and levels of enthusiasm from all over the state listed below.
Akin to last autumns community collaborative Stick Season story, I polled my Instagram community once again to gather their favorite fall hikes in VT. These span from full day adventures to mellow afternoon outings and cover mountains and valleys all over the state. This is just the beginning of my favorite hiking season - the trails continue to get quieter as the leaves fall, and the views and fresh chilly air are good for the soul. Enjoy the later sunrise times for a dawn adventure before it gets too icy - just be sure to wear orange as it’s hunting season, pack micro spikes for snow/ice up high and lots of extra layers and perhaps a thermos of hot apple cider to keep warm. If you go solo, make sure to tell someone where you are going!
Find all of the hikes below on AllTrails for trailhead directions, hike descriptions and recent trail conditions.
Mount Tom - Woodstock
The Pinnacle - Putney
Skylight Pond - Ripton
Moosalamoo - Salisbury
Mt. Mansfield - Stowe/Underhill Center
Mount Pisgah - Westmore
Mount Hunger - Waterbury
Camels Hump - Huntington
Sterling Pond - Stowe
Mt. Horrid & The Great Cliff - Brandon
Snake Mtn - Bridport
Burke Mtn Fire Tower - East Burke
Colchester Pond - Colchester
Bromley Mtn - Stratton
Belden Falls - New Haven
Elmore Fire Tower - Morrisville
Burnt Rock Mountain - North Fayston
Harmon Hill - Woodford
Catamount Family Center - Williston
My favorite part of hiking in the fall, besides the beautiful fallen leaves and an excuse to wear my favorite cozy layers, is coming back inside afterwards making a hot cuppa tea, cider or cocoa and cozying up with a good book or a board game with friends. A cheese and charcuterie board with a pot of soup is a great way to end a fantastic fall day.
This post was written & photographed by Gretchen Powers – filmmaker, photographer, and writer with a passion for storytelling and capturing the essence of a person, place or thing.