hiking

  • Scenic Smugglers Notch: Exploring Route 108
    Scenic Smugglers Notch: Exploring Route 108

    The opening of Route 108 through scenic Smugglers Notch is a rite of spring in Vermont. This scenic road that winds through a narrow pass between Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak and Sterling Mountain is closed to traffic during the winter months. Located near Vermont's tallest...

  • The Long Trail Celebrates 100 Years
    The Long Trail Celebrates 100 Years

    The first time I hiked the Long Trail was in 1979 during an elementary school class trip. We hiked on a cold autumn day to the summit of Bromley Mountain, a ski area in southern Vermont. I carried my lunch and a small camera in...

  • Elmore Mountain and the Fire Tower

    Elmore Mountain is the northernmost and smallest peak of Vermont's Worcester Range. The mountain, which has an elevation of 2,608 feet, is a popular hiking destination and home to an accessible fire tower. Start your hike from Elmore State Park off Route 12, located along the...

  • Winter Glow on Camel's Hump

    I never grow tired of this view. The morning sun on Wednesday created an incredible white glow on Vermont's mountain peaks. This photo was taken from my office in Montpelier as soon as I arrived to work. (Here's a photo of the same view taken...

  • Equinox Pond in Manchester
    Equinox Pond in Manchester

    One of my favorite places in Vermont is Equinox Pond, a scenic and peaceful spot located near the base of Mount Equinox in Manchester. Whenever I'm in Manchester (my hometown), I try to set aside some time to walk around the pond and admire the...

  • Protected Places: Mills Riverside Park

    Mills Riverside Park in Jericho is enjoyed year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, and local community events. The park, located off Route 15, includes 216 acres of open meadows and forested hillside.Established in 1999 by the Jericho-Underhill Land Trust, the park preserves one of...

  • Hiking Mount Mansfield from Underhill State Park

    Underhill State Park in Underhill is the starting point for hiking Mount Mansfield (elevation 4,395 feet), Vermont's highest peak. The park is part of Vermont's 34,000-acre Mount Mansfield State Forest and is located on the western slope of Mount Mansfield. Underhill State Park is rated...