Vermont Fall Foliage Tour

BURLINGTON, VT
5.0 (1 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing "Long Trail"
  • High Vermont Summits
  • Gorgeous Fall Colors
  • Cozy, Unique Lodging
  • Covered Bridges, Maple Syrup & More
  • Wonderful Appalachian Cuisine
  • In-depth Natural & Cultural Info

Description

Every autumn Vermont goes through a magical and stunning transformation. With a combination of sun and clouds, the deciduous tree-laden mountain slopes and valleys explode in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors: deep reds, bright oranges and melancholy yellows. As we hike, sightsee and learn about one of New England’s most spectacular fall color destinations, we discover a bucolic landscape of charming mountain farms; towering, ancient mountains; rushing creeks and rivers; maple forests and more.

Our daily hikes take us to the highest points in the Green Mountains and across the Long Trail for spectacular 360-degree views. We also hike to wonderful waterfalls and across bucolic farm country that perfectly captures the magic of iconic, rural Vermont. Between hikes we visit covered bridges, a maple farm, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, the classic mountain town of Stowe, and other autumn-themed New England highlights. This hiking tour features the best of Vermont at the very best time of year!

Please Note: Vermont’s fall foliage typically occurs between the last week of September and mid October, but it is a natural process that varies year by year. We have done our very best to schedule the tour dates for the best chance to see the peak fall colors, but as with many things in nature there are no guarantees. Regardless of the stage of the fall foliage during your tour, it’s a stunningly beautiful area to hike and explore, and a magical season in which to be there. 

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$3010 PER PERSON
$500 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$500 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-8 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 20MI / 32KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

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. Camels Hump includes significant scrambling over large boulders and some smooth rock slabs. Guests often need extra coaching and guidance to navigate this section.

Hiking Distances:

3-6 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

2500 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 REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure

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.

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Hiking Distance: ~5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
  • Shuttle to hotel: 1 hour

Today, your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Burlington and explain the details of the trip over a light breakfast. We will then enjoy a warm-up hike as we explore an expansive farm on the borders of Lake Champlain. The farm is a self-sustaining operation including a dairy, organic produce garden and miles of scenic hiking trails. After a beautiful walk to the shores of Lake Champlain we will enjoy our first picnic together on the shoreline as we soak up the exploding fall colors. We’ll have views of several classic Vermont features, including Lone Tree Hill, Sheep’s Knoll, Lake Champlain and Butternut Hill.

After our hike and farm experience, we will head toward tonight’s lodging, stopping at an iconic covered bridge en route for a quick visit and amazing photography. At our lodge we’ll check into our rooms, get cleaned up and enjoy dinner at a hand-picked, local restaurant.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to hike: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 3+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,209 feet
  • Shuttle to Maple Farm: 45 minutes

Today we’ll start with hot tea or coffee and a tasty, guide-prepared breakfast. Today’s hike is on the famous Long Trail (LT) on the flanks of Mount Grant. Although just 3 miles in length, today’s hike is steep and challenging. Our destination is an amazing ledge offering a panoramic vista of the surrounding mountains including the Champlain Valley, Mount Abe, and Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak. After a tasty picnic lunch prepared by your guide, we will head back down.

After our hike we’ll continue the day’s journey with a visit to the charming Appalachian town of Middlebury, Vermont. We’ll enjoy a stroll along Otter Creek and visit Middlebury Falls, as well as another legendary covered bridge. This afternoon’s destination is a famous maple farm, where we’ll enjoy a tour and opportunity to sample the syrup. Eventually we’ll return to our lodge and get cleaned up for another wonderful dinner at a local, hand-picked restaurant.

Day 3

  • Shuttle: 40 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 5.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,500 feet

Today is the highlight for many of our guests! We will tackle an iconic peak amongst the Vermont “4,000 footers” – Camel’s Hump. Camel’s Hump is the third tallest peak in Vermont at 4,083 ft and offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains, exploding with fall colors (be sure to bring your camera/phone on this one!). The peak is perhaps the state’s most famous summit and has been featured on the state quarter. From the top, on a clear day, we can see the tallest peaks of three states: Mount Mansfield in Vermont, Mount Washington in NH and Mount Marcy in NY. We will descend past a waterfall and picturesque creeks, looping back to the shuttle. We cap today off with a tour of the famous Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, and a transition to a new lodge – the famous Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont!

Day 4

  • Shuttle: 40 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 500 feet

After our big day yesterday, today we will enjoy a relaxing morning and big breakfast. Our first stop of the day is a short hike to a breathtaking waterfall. We’ll take our time enjoying and photographing the falls, before returning to our vehicle and continuing on.

The next phase of our day takes us up the Stowe Scenic Auto Road, a stunning drive to the beginning of our next hike. Starting at the top of famous Mount Mansfield, we’ll again join the Long Trail and follow it 1.2 miles to the top of the Chin, which is the highest point in Vermont at 4,395 feet! We’ll enjoy lunch from the this amazing perch, while soak up awe-inspiring views.

After our hike we’ll return to Stowe for an afternoon of your choice. You can join the guide for a visit to a wonderful cidery, explore the amazing town of Stowe on your own, simply relax, or decide on a combination of these options. In the evening we’ll reconvene for our final dinner together, and we’ve selected another perfect local eatery for our celebratory dinner.

Day 5

  • Shuttle to hike: 15 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet
  • Shuttle to Burlington: 45 minutes

On our final morning we’ll start with hot tea and coffee, juice and breakfast-on-the-go. Today’s hike – similar to many hikes this week – is small in distance, but large in views, challenge and reward. We hike 1.5 miles on the spectacular Pinnacle Trail to Stowe Pinnacle, one of the area’s most renowned viewpoints. We’ll take time to relax and enjoy the views of Mount Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, and the Worcester and Sterling Mountain Ranges. Eventually, we’ll return via the same trail and find a scenic spot for a final picnic lunch.

Our final stop of the week is to the amazing Dakin Farms in South Burlington for Vermont cheeses, gifts, souvenirs, and maple creemees – all great options for gifts or treats. After the farm we’ll drop you off at the airport, or a hotel if you desire, and say our fond farewells. 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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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 4 nights of accommodations
  • 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.

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 in 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

WARREN LODGE

2 NIGHTS

Warren Lodge offers a family-owned lodging experience that combines thoughtful, modern accommodations with the warmth of a New England country inn. Located perfectly for our southern hikes, this cozy lodge offers convenience along with quality and scenery.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE

2 NIGHTS

Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge is a unique mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. It offers stunning mountain views, old-world comforts, impeccable service and fantastic access to our hikes.

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

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (1 reviews)
Connie B
5.0

Excellent

12 months ago

This was my second hiking trip with Wildland. Their guides have been excellent and able to adapt to weather in order to make the most of the opportunities. I will travel with them again

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