The out and back from the parking lot to the summit along Hoyt Lookout Trail and Mountaintop Trail are well marked and easy to follow. Once in the forest, this trail closely resembles the rocky and rooty experience of the long tail and gives the satisfaction of a summit while being easily accessible for families and a short duration for little legs. Children enjoy a sense of accomplishment when reaching the pile of rocks at the top that marks the summit.
This is a great hike to introduce varied terrain and uneven walking surfaces on a steady, but not difficult, incline. The blazes mimic those of the long trail and are plentiful and vibrant; children enjoy the changing blaze colors along different trails. Older children will enjoy having a copy of the map and the trails are obvious enough for any young reader to lead the way. A great location to practice map skills.
This hike is highly recommended for young families with the ability to navigate some rocky terrain.
Length: 1 to 2.5 miles, depending on the route
Elevation Gain: About 150 ft
Terrain: This natural area offers trails through fields and an assent through forest on a rocky trail with many roots
Route: The hike can be a loop or out and back.
Trailhead: Start at 32 Henry Road, Milton VT. Th is location offers the most parking with about 10 spaces. The lot often fills up by mid-day on sunny weekends.
- No Bathrooms
- No Fees. (Please sign-in so the Town of Milton can track trail usage)
- Hunting is allowed. Wear orange in the Fall.
- Dogs are allowed on leash.