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In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic I just couldn't stand being cooped up any longer. It had been nearly a month since we had left the house and we were all going stir crazy and if we didn't get out and expend some energy soon we might literally lose our minds. Things are bad out in society, but the mountains are clean, full of fresh air and they were calling to me. They are always calling to me. I found a trail relatively close to home and in Vermont trying to at least be smart during this pandemic. This was a new mountain for me and a good one for the less experienced hikers in the fam. At only 2.2 miles and a small elevation gain i figured it would be a good one for everyone. *This post may contain affiliate links
As we reached the road that would take us to the trail head we quickly realized we would not be able to drive all the way to the trail head. The road was still snow covered and temperatures rising meant the snow would soon get wet and slushy. With snow tires already taken off and put away for the season we thought it would be wise not to risk getting stuck on some untraveled road in the middle of nowhere. I parked the car on the side of the road and told everyone we would have to walk from here. Groans filled the car. It was probably an extra mile added to our hike, but I didn't mind. The more miles the better.
Upon reaching the trail it was not well maintained. At times the trail was hard to find with only red wooden blazes marking the path on occasional trees. The snow was still deep and as the day got warmer we sunk in the snow here and there. Micro spikes were very helpful, but didn't help with falling through melting snow. The trail was pretty easy and once we reached the summit we were rewarded with a beautiful view of Little Averill Lake. The cliff drops straight down and I've heard that Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliff face, but we didn't see any.
Elevation Gain: 636 Ft.
Distance: 2.2 miles (3.8 miles if you park down the road)
Rating: Easy - Moderate
Time Frame: 1 - 2.5 hours
Location: Norton, Vermont
This was a great little hike off the beaten path with great views. It would be a good trail for kids and dogs.
"Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world" - Unknown