Gile Mountain

Northern Green Mountains, Vermont

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Gile Mountain


  • The sign at the trailhead.- Gile Mountain
  • The trail crosses the power lines and the mountain bike route splits off.- Gile Mountain
  • The view looking down the power lines as the trail crosses.- Gile Mountain
  • A trailside flower near the power cut.- Gile Mountain
  • Easy section of trail with very gradual terrain.- Gile Mountain
  • Stone steps that make up a good portion of the trail.- Gile Mountain
  • The cabin sits just below the fire tower on the wooded summit.- Gile Mountain
  • Looking up at the fire tower.- Gile Mountain
  • The fire tower steps lead to a 360-degree view.- Gile Mountain
  • A summer morning view from the tower.- Gile Mountain
  • The tower offers spectacular views of fall foliage.- Gile Mountain
  • Looking back at the trail from the base of the tower.- Gile Mountain
  • A red spotted newt climbing beside the trail.- Gile Mountain
Overview + Weather
Great view from tower. Well-maintained trail.
Popular in summer. Dirt access road.
Gile Mountain is currently closed until further notice. The access road was badly damaged on July 1, 2017 in a flash flood.
Northern Green Mountains, VT
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,460.00 ft (445.01 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Tucked back on a dirt road just outside of Norwich, Vermont, Gile Mountain offers a big reward for a little effort. This short and easy mountain hike is great for beginners, families, or anyone looking for a woodsy walk with a view. Ascend gradually on a well-maintained trail and witness the craftsmanship of the many stone steps built to prevent erosion and keep this trail in good shape.

As you cross the clearing under the power lines, look out over shoulder-height ferns for a view down the hill. As you ascend, you may notice a mountain bike trail winds back and forth and crosses the hiking trail several times. Keep an eye out for trillium, trout lilies, and other wildflowers along the trail. If you listen closely, you may hear the occasional woodpecker, too.

The observer’s cabin remains just below the fire tower and offers a great place to take shelter from the elements or sit down for a break. Climb several flights of stairs to the top of the tower and take in the 360-degree view, including Mount Ascutney and Mount Killington in the distance. Take a moment to imagine what it might have been like for observers in the early to mid 1900s, who lived in the cabin and watched for fires during the summer and fall months.

Dogs are allowed on Gile Mountain’s Trail provided they are leashed, which helps to keep wildlife and nearby livestock on private property safe. Each spring, Gile Mountain’s trail is closed temporarily for mud season, usually in April and May, to prevent damage to both the trail and the dirt road the trailhead that accesses the trail.

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