Best of Stowe & Northern Vermont

Burlington, VT

Trip Highlights

  • Vermont's Long Trail
  • Hike Vermont's Highest Peak
  • Beautiful Mountain Lakes
  • Summit Ski Areas
  • Stowe, VT Lodging

Description

Come explore the peaks of northern Vermont! We will enjoy daily, adventurous hikes surrounded by Vermont’s breathtaking greenery and forests to the rocky peaks and overlooks nestled high in the northern Green Mountains. We will hike the rugged northeast trails to the best views this area has to offer! Each evening we return to our wonderful accommodations in the charming mountain town of Stowe, Vermont and experience the local culture and cuisine.

Join us for an experience of the Northeast that you will never forget! Call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today.

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$2870 Per Person
$615 Single Supplement

$615 Single Supplement

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-6 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 25MI / 40KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip features typical New England hiking with steep ascents over short distances with no switchbacks. Expect technical, broken terrain that will sometimes require you to use both hands going both up and down. Some peaks include significant scrambling over large boulders and some smooth rock slabs. Guests often need extra coaching and guidance to navigate these sections.

Hiking Distances:

4-7 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds

Terrain:

Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2550 ft

Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on significantly rugged terrain
  • Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Vermont hiking tour a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

Minimum 2 Guests

If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.

PRIVATE TRIPS

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Drive Time: 60 minutes / 20 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,530 ft

The first morning, your guide will pick you and the rest of the group up in Burlington, Vermont and we will head to Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont’s famous Green Mountains. Today we hike through birch forests, up rocky steps and along gorgeous mountain trails to the peaks of two of Vermont’s highest ski mountains, enjoying a stop at an idyllic mountain pond along the way. We will soak up views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, which extend across to Vermont’s tallest peak. Our views are a foreshadowing of our week, as we will summit some of these peaks later in the coming days. Your guide will prepare a delicious trail lunch at one of the vistas along the way, and we will eventually descend back to the van and head to our Inn at Stowe, VT. After cleaning up, we’ll reconvene for our first dinner at a hand-picked restaurant in Stowe.

Day 2

  • Drive Time: 75 minutes / 75 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,700 ft

After a tasty breakfast, we will head to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and hike near Lake Willoughby, the second deepest lake in Vermont. We will hike through deciduous forest to rocky outlooks and enjoy lunch at one of the many overlooks. From our viewpoints we will see the surrounding farmland and forest and across the lake to the scenic bluffs that drop down to the Willoughby lakeshore. After returning from the hike we will get some time to walk around and explore the iconic downtown of Stowe, VT, before we meet for another delicious Northeast dinner.

Day 3

  • Drive Time: 45 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,550 ft

We will fuel up this morning, and then head out on our toughest hike of the week, climbing to the summit of Mount Mansfield! We will ascend Vermont’s highest peak, 4,395 ft, and will enjoy over a mile of hiking with panoramic views stretching from New Hampshire’s White Mountains to New York’s Adirondacks. Here above the tree line we will enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by your guide before descending on a rocky ridge offering unparalleled views of the local mountain range.

Day 4

  • Drive Time: 20 minutes / 20 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,220 ft

Today we will enjoy a little bit later start to help us recover from yesterday’s peak ascent. After breakfast we will head to a local state park to hike to a spectacular view from the mountain summit’s fire tower. Our trail begins in beech and maple forest and winds its way to a rocky bench where we will stop to enjoy the mountain and valley views before continuing to the summit and climbing the fire tower above the treetops. After the fire tower, we’ll continue the loop, descending back to our starting point and stopping at the state park’s lake to swim (if weather permits) and relax before heading back to Stowe for another relaxing evening and delicious dinner.

Day 5

  • Drive Time: 55 minutes / 75 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 3.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,630 ft

We will pack up this morning and say goodbye to our Stowe Inn, then set out on the last hike of our trip. We will head north to Jay Peak and will hike on the Long Trail, Vermont’s long-distance hiking trail, to the summit of the mountain and ski area. We will have views into Canada and the Northeast Kingdom from the apex. After enjoying our last summit together we will hike back to the vehicle and the guide will drop guests off in Burlington. What a week it’s been!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 4 nights of double occupancy lodging (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement)
  • All meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch on the final day
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding from Burlington, Vermont
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we’ll visit local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy!

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group in Burlington, Vermont on the morning of Day 1. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and will be in contact approximately 10 days before the tour to coordinate the pick up.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

This tour begins between 6 and 8 A.M. in Burlington, Vermont on Day 1, and ends the final day by 5 P.M. in Burlington.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)

Accommodations

Accommodations

Green Mountain Inn

4 Nights

Since 1833, Green Mountain Inn has wowed guests with legendary hospitality in the heart of Stowe, Vermont. With an ideal location and warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, it is a perfect home base for our adventure.  It also features an abundance of amenities that include a heated, outdoor pool; game room; fire pits and optional massage treatments.

*These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used

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