• M. J. Wild

Burke Mountain

Updated: Mar 22

Me standing on Burke Mountain
Burke Mountain

I’ve lived in this area my entire life and looked at this mountain almost every day yet for some reason never hiked it until now. It was a great day for a hike, it was a bit brisk but the sun was out and beautiful. My son and I took our time and just enjoyed being outdoors in the fresh air.

Upon reaching the first lean-to we took a break, made our lunch and warmed up with some hot chocolate. From this first lean-to the trail splits and you can either continue up the red trail or go up the blue trail. We decided to ascend using the blue trail and then come down the red trail. The blue trail is definitely steeper than the red trail, but really pretty trail to go up. The trail had a fair amount of ice and so we wore our micro spikes the whole way up.

It was a clear day so we were graced with a stunning view. It’s hard to believe that I had missed out on this view for so long. After summitting we headed back down the red trail. The red trail parallels the ski trails for a short distance then back down to the first lean-to. The hike took us about 4.5 hours with lots of stops and a break for lunch. This was a great trail. I can’t wait to do it again this spring or summer

The 2nd lean-to on Burke Mountain
Burke Mountain Lean-to

Burke Mountain

Distance: 6.2 miles out and back

Location: East Burke, VT

Rating: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,982 ft

Time Frame: 3-4 hours

NEK Mountain Challenge

Lunch break at 1st lean-to
Red Trail

“Maybe you’ve been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.” -Unknown

View of the Whites from Burke Mountain
View from Burke Mountain

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