Vermont Hiking Tour – 5 Days
September 25, 2018 Double: $1,495, Single: $1,795 Discover Vermont’s natural beauty from the trails of the gorgeous Green Mountains. We’ve designed a custom tour that follows a “choose your own hike” format (easy, medium, or hard). Enjoy gentle walks beside rolling streams or navigate…
September 25, 2018
Double: $1,495, Single: $1,795
Discover Vermont’s natural beauty from the trails of the gorgeous Green Mountains. We’ve designed a custom tour that follows a “choose your own hike” format (easy, medium, or hard). Enjoy gentle walks beside rolling streams or navigate rock gardens and steeper terrain. Spectacular views are guaranteed summer and fall through the woodlands and above the tree tops.
The Devil’s Gulch (easy) is a favourite hike with gentle ups and downs to the big boulders of the ravine. Described as “primaeval,” The Gulch is narrow, and the setting is peaceful. Moose Mountain (easy) increases in steepness toward the summit, producing craggy overlooks of Lake Willoughby and Mount Pisgah. Haystack Mountain (medium) looks like a haystack from a distance – it is small but tall. The trail begins along a farm road. Cross the brook – with water so clear it gets its own reviews – and head up Hazens Notch, climbing over roots and rocks, to the top for a 360o breath taker! Challenge yourself to Jay Peak (hard), the tough trail with a big payoff. Gradual steep gives way to steeper steep for 3,858 feet. Wildflowers border the journey, and the summit view scores 5/5 on the incredible-metre. Don’t worry! Jay Peak is a there-and-back trail so you can stop to smell the flowers on the way down!
This tour is for the outdoor of heart! Explore the forests of Vermont and climb to where the air touches the top of the world. And don’t forget your camera!
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, all highlights listed, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person. HST does not apply.
• 3 days of guided hiking with various levels of difficulty to choose from
• 2 evenings of entertainment
• Easy: Burnt Mountain, Devil’s Gulch, Moose Mountain
• Medium: Mount Pisgah, Buchanan Mountain, Haystack Mountain
• Hard: Laraway Mountain, Belvidere Mountains, Jay Peak
What to Bring
• Comfortable footwear with a good grip (hiking boots are recommended)
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
• Warm clothing, such as a fleece
• Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed (hat and gloves are recommended)
• Small backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
• High-energy snacks
• Walking poles are particularly useful for descents
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Jay, VT: The Stateside Hotel & Baselodge by Jay Peak (4 nights)
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Vermont Hiking Tour – 5 Days
Day 1: Travel to Jay Peak, VT
Enjoy autumn as you travel through Vermont’s rolling hills offering gorgeous scenery. Arrive at your hotel this evening in time for dinner. Settle into your room for the next 4 nights as you rest up for your next few days of hiking.
Stay: The Stateside Hotel & Baselodge by Jay Peak, Jay VT
Day 2-4: Guided hikes
Enjoy guided hikes over the next 3 days. Hikes are offered for full or half days and with varying degrees of difficulty. Choose from gentle walks beside rolling streams, forests and lakes through to full day hikes up the Green Mountains.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: Return home
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, board our deluxe motorcoach for your return trip home.
Meals: B, L
DAY 2: Burnt Mountain (easy), Mount Pisgah (medium), Laraway Mountain (hard)
5 miles (8km) with 1,500 feet (457m) of ascent
We will start our adventure at the Highland Ponds Farm which is a staple to the local area and the Hazen’s Notch community. Hiking in at lower elevations, we will be hiking through a maple, hardwood forest. As we get higher in elevation the forest becomes mixed with pines and other softwoods. Sitting just south of Jay Peak Burnt Mountain is a moderate grade trail that follows the shoulder of the mountain to link up with the ridge line which provides outstanding views of the Champlain Valley and a different perspective of Jay Peak and Hazen’s Notch; and the magnificent cliffs that make up this area of the Green Mountains.
6 miles (9.7km) with 1,450 feet (442m) of ascent
We will start by hiking through Beaver Meadows up the south trail of Mount Pisgah through maples, birches, and peach trees. As we continue to hike to the top of Mount Pisgah the views are outstanding with multiple places to stop and take in the beauty of Vermont and Lake Willoughby as well as the cliffs that surround the lake. Once we summit we will hike down the Long Trail heading towards the other end of the lake.
9 miles (14.5km) with 1,490 feet (454m) of ascent
We will start our day from a pull off on Plot Road, a classic Vermont dirt road just outside of Waterville. From there we will hike north on the Long Trail over rolling terrain until we reach the base of Laraway Mountain. We will continue to hike the Long Trail reaching the summit and traversing the ridge line of the northern Green Mountains. We will enjoy views of the Cold Hollow Mountains to our north west; and the town of Belvidere in the valley. There will be views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch to our south. When we reach Corliss Camp we will descend back down into the valley.
DAY 3: Devils Gulch (easy), Haystack Mountain (medium), Belvidere Mountain (hard)
5 miles (8km) with 733 feet (223m) of ascent
We will start at Belvidere pond which feeds into the west branch of the Lamoille River. From here we will hike south on the Long Trail winding through rolling terrain, but surrounded by dramatic elevation changes passing by Ritterbush Pond gaining a little elevation before reaching a look-out facing south east towards Eden and Johnson, Vermont. From here we will backtrack and link up with the Babcock Trail following this through undulating terrain and passing another pond to reach our ending point back at Belvidere pond.
7.8 miles (12.6km) with 1,432 feet (435m) of ascent
We will start our day in Hazens Notch by hiking south on the Long Trail. As we hike up we will enjoy views of Montgomery Center and the pronounced cliffs of Hazens Notch. We will eventually gain a ridge line and follow this to reach the summit of Haystack Mountain. From here we will continue south to summit Tillotson Peak to take in some more spectacular views. After this we will begin to descend until reaching Frank Post Trail. We will follow the Frank Post Trail down and out of the mountains.
9 miles (14.5km) with 2,179 feet (664m) of ascent
We will start our day at Belvidere pond, a secluded large pond nestled in the Green Mountains. From there we will hike north on the Long Trail climbing in elevation and enjoying the diversity of the forest. As we continue to hike we will link up with a ridge leading towards the summit a Belvidere Mountain. When reaching the summit of Belvidere, surrounded by pine trees, there is an old fire tower and spectacular 360 degree views with Jay Peak to the north. After that we will continue to follow the ridge line north dropping a little in elevation until reaching Tillotson Camp. From there we will head to Frank Post Trail ending at Tillotson Road on the east side of the Green Mountains.
DAY 4: Moose Mountain (easy), Buchanan Mountain (medium), Jay Peak (hard)
5.2 miles (8.4km) with 850 feet (259m) of ascent
We will start our day next to Wheeler Pond and head east on Moose Mountain trail as we climb in elevation walking through hardwood forest until we reach the Wheeler Pond over-look. From here we will continue up Moose Mountain until reaching the summit. We will continue past the summit dropping slightly in elevation and following the ridge towards Willoughby vista. The overlook has spectacular views of Lake Willoughby, Mount Pisca, and Mount Hor on the other side.
6.8 miles (11km) with 1,000 feet (305m) ascent
We will start our day on Route 242 where we will hike south on the Long Trail as we climb in elevation. We will eventually gain a ridge line after passing the summit of Gilpin Mountain, hiking along the ridge line to eventually reach Domeys Dome – our first summit of the day with great views of Little Jay and Big Jay to our north, as well as Jay Peak. We will continue to hike south, dropping in elevation before heading up again to summit Buchanan Mountain. Here you can enjoy views to the east of rolling farmlands as well as views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the south. We will then start to descend and continue south on the Long Trail to Hazen’s Notch. We will finish our day with great views and dramatic landscapes through Hazen’s Notch.
9.3 miles (15km) with 1,791 feet (546m) of ascent
We will start our day at North Jay pass just a couple miles south of the Canadian border. From here we will hike south on the Long Trail traveling along a ridge line up and over Burnt Mountain and skirting just below the summit of north Jay Peak. As we gain in elevation we will summit Doll Peak with views of the Black Falls basin and North Jay Peak to the south-west. From here we will drop in elevation just a little before we start to go up Jay Peak reaching the summit to take in the 360° views of the Green Mountains, Champlain Valley, and Canada. From here we will descend to North Jay pass to finish up our day.