Our Favorite hiking trail is a wonderful path to spectacular
This is a challenging hike, 2.9 miles one way, with a net
elevation gain of 2600 feet and a gross gain of almost 3400 feet
due to dips in the trail.
The beginning of the trail treats you to Little Cascade Falls,
a nice place to look around and take a breather if the first
thing this trail tells you is you aren't in the shape you
thought you were in. Shortly after Little Cascade the trail
levels out for a while and brings you to the top of a more
impressive falls, Crystal Cascade Falls with a drop measuring
over 80 feet. The Crystal Cascade is one of only two know
vertical ring dykes in the world. A ring dyke is a geological
formation created when a volcanic shaft is used a second time,
metamophosizing the rock of the shaft. half of the shaft fell
away ages ago leaving a vertical "half pipe" over
which the water falls. You will arrive at the top of the falls
to go to the bottom of the cataract, cross the stream first it
is still very steep but less so than the near side. Continuing
to the summit, the first one hundred yards of the trail is
pretty representative of the pitch for the duration of the hike.
If it is too steep, be advised that now s a good time to turn
back. If, however you are made of sterner stuff, two wonderful
lookouts await you at 2.3 miles and again at 2.5
miles. The lookout at the west summit is the most popular
hang glider launch point in the north eastern United States. The
summit with its observation platform is reached at 2.9 miles.
The good news is that the return trip is almost all down hill.
Rules (Vermont State Park Rules)
Overnight camping and camp fires are not allowed
Please hike on marked trails. Hiking off trails causes erosion
and destroys vegetation.
Keep trails free of litter. Carry out what you carry in.
Keep pets under control at all times.
Trails are for foot travel only. All terrain vehicles are not
permitted on state lands.
Please leave all wildflowers and other plants in their natural
environment for others to enjoy.
Respect the rights of private property owners.