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Fall Hikes in Stowe

This is the time of year when many take to the trails and the woods to enjoy the changing scenery and experience the wonders that fall brings.  The leaves are turning, and the trails are already getting covered with all the different fall colors.  It's been warm and dry, somewhat unlike fall, but as of Thursday, the temperatures will be cooler, and perhaps more invigorating to get out in to the woods.

This is my favorite time to go hiking, and the following are some of my favorites:

  1. Taylor Lodge, is a 3+ mile moderately traveled hike, starting from the iconic Trout Club and Lake Mansfield. This trail takes you through some of the most scenic woods in the area.  The drive out to the Trout Club is beautiful as well.  On the way back to town, you can stop at Long Winter Farm for farm fresh veggies, eggs and meats.
  2. Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a favorite among many.  After the hardest part of the climb, about 3/4 of the way up, it levels out, and ultimately ends up on top of open rock formations, with a panoramic view of all of Stowe, looking toward Mt. Mansfield.  Be sure to bring a wind-breaker in case it's breezy on top.
  3. The Mill Trail off of Notchbrook Road in Stowe, is rich in history, as well as scenic.  This is an easy to moderate hike on 31 acres of land conserved by Stowe Land Trust.  You will find a historic cabin there that has recently been restored,  with the  goal of educating the public about this historic area, and to further SLT’s mission of land conservation.

Cady Hill Forest Update

As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership

Fall Hikes in Stowe

This is the time of year when many take to the trails and the woods to enjoy the changing scenery and experience the wonders that fall brings.  The leaves are turning, and the trails are already getting covered with all the different fall colors.  It's been warm and dry, somewhat unlike fall, but as of Thursday, the temperatures will be cooler, and perhaps more invigorating to get out in to the woods.

This is my favorite time to go hiking, and the following are some of my favorites:

  1. Taylor Lodge, is a 3+ mile moderately traveled hike, starting from the iconic Trout Club and Lake Mansfield. This trail takes you through some of the most scenic woods in the area.  The drive out to the Trout Club is beautiful as well.  On the way back to town, you can stop at Long Winter Farm for farm fresh veggies, eggs and meats.
  2. Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a favorite among many.  After the hardest part of the climb, about 3/4 of the way up, it levels out, and ultimately ends up on top of open rock formations, with a panoramic view of all of Stowe, looking toward Mt. Mansfield.  Be sure to bring a wind-breaker in case it's breezy on top.
  3. The Mill Trail off of Notchbrook Road in Stowe, is rich in history, as well as scenic.  This is an easy to moderate hike on 31 acres of land conserved by Stowe Land Trust.  You will find a historic cabin there that has recently been restored,  with the  goal of educating the public about this historic area, and to further SLT’s mission of land conservation.

Cady Hill Forest Update

As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership