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Snake Mtn. Hike

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Beautiful views of the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mtns.
Near:Vergennes, VT
Distance:3.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:900 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This hike winds through a forest with a mix of red oak, shagbark hickory, hop hornbeam, red and sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, white cedar, white pine and hemlock. It is relatively flat for the first 1/2 mile. The trail joins an old summit carriage road here. It is wide and easy to follow.

Expect to find white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbit, grey squirrel, coyote, bobcat, woodcock, turkey and ruffed grouse. This is a good fall hawk migration watching site.

The views from the top are Great!

Trailhead: From the junction of VT. 22A and VT. 17 at Addison four corners (0.0 mi.), follow VT. 17 east to a junction on the right with Mountain Rd. (0.8 mi). Follow this road south past the Whitford Road to a small parking lot on the right, about 500 yards north of the Willmarth Road (3.5 mi.) The trailhead is on the east side of the road junction. (Lat:44.04747 Lon:-73.29225)
Trail Guides for Snake Mtn. Hike:
Day Hikers Guide to Vermont
by Green Mountain Club  (Electric Dragon Productions)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. (802) 878-1564
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John Predom, who has posted  8 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Astrid on 7/23/2012
LOVE this hike, and it's great with kids, with a beautiful view of the valley... BUT - beware. My car was broken into in the parking lot, and my purse was stolen. The police said this is not an uncommon occurance at the Snake Mountain parking lot. So - do this hike, but make sure that any valuables are not at ALL visible in your car. (My purse was behind the driver side seat, barely visible, but enough so...) Just a word of warning. Don't miss this hike, though.

Reviewed by Michelle on 8/7/2010
Our family consists of 2 adults and 5 kids all under 10 and we love to hike Snake takes us about 4 hours round trip because our little ones walk the entire way on their own and we always picnic at the top. It a great trail....wide and clear and there are always lots of other people around. We love the trail best in the winter because it can get quite wet in the summer but there are paths to get around the wet spots so the kids don't mind. It's definately a safe, family destination that I recommend to anyone looking for a fun outdoor activity for a day!! Great views on top! Have fun!

Reviewed by JML on 10/4/2009
A good family hike, although I would suggest budgeting 3 hours, which is what it took us with an 8 and 10 year old, including a leisurely stop at the top for a good snack. On the topic of dogs: please folks, adhere to the guidance. The Nature Conservancy has provided much of the land on which this hike lies, and it's available to anyone who wants to use it. All they ask is that you respect their guidance to keep dogs from running loose, to protect wildlife.

Reviewed by Jim G. on 9/5/2009
Great family hike for 2 adults and 2 teenagers on a warm, clear day in Sept. BUT the trail is rocky and might be slippery and dangerous in damp weather, especially for littler kids. The entry to the trail is next to the little red building a bit south of the parking lot, and it took us a few minutes to find it. Despite the large sign to keep dogs leashed, no-one does, so don't do this if you don't like happy muddy dogs! The downhill return was hard on a bad knee, but the view of the valley at the top is worth it!

Reviewed by KDAD on 7/7/2009
Definitely worth the hike! Tourists must hike!! 20 year-old and 8-year old finished the hike up and back in 2 hours. Very nice trail - some rocks and a bit muddy

Reviewed by JRB on 9/8/2008
As an older Long Trail End-to-Ender, the Snake Mt trail is a nice relief from the more rugged ones of the Green Mt Club. The view is fabulous but with all of the side unmarked trails on Snake Mt, I would recommend checking out the description and map at

Reviewed by AB on 11/17/2007
"But the summit is small, no facilities" What do you want? A bathroom and snack bar? Get real, and get out of VT.

Reviewed by sec on 8/21/2007
Have hiked it once and came face to face with a porcupine and he didn't want to move over and the quills come up so I moved into the bushes and let him pass. I have never come face to face with one before. It was quite funny.

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