Cady Hill Forest

Northern Green Mountains, Vermont

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Cady Hill Forest


  • The trailhead has plenty of information about the trail system.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The Macutchan Loop is popular and well marked.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The trails climb gently as they traverse hillsides.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The forest has a good variety of tree types.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The trail occasionally narrows as it bypasses large boulders.- Cady Hill Forest
  • A typical intersection.- Cady Hill Forest
  • Intersections are clearly marked with bright signage.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The Bear Trail has an especially noticeable trail sign.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The Green Chair Overlook is a great place to stop for a snack.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The Green Chair is a retired chairlift chair with a spectacular view.- Cady Hill Forest
  • Mount Mansfield and Stowe Mountain Resort from the Green Chair.- Cady Hill Forest
  • The parking lot is just off of Route 108.- Cady Hill Forest
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Overview + Weather
Great views. Year-round access. Other adventures nearby.
Closes during wet conditions.
Northern Green Mountains, VT
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
246.00 ft (74.98 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
797.00 ft (242.93 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


The Cady Hill Forest is a 258-acre property of the Stowe Land Trust that features 11 miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails suitable for mountain biking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and walking. The trails weave through the forest and interconnect with each other as they reach occasional overlooks. Although the land was once settled dating back as early as the 1700s, the forest has naturally regenerated with a mix of white pine, red and sugar maple, hemlock, yellow birch, and other hardwoods.

The Macutchan Loop begins and ends at the 19-car parking area on Mountain Road, meandering 3 miles into the depths of the Cady Hill Forest and back. Along the way it climbs 246 feet, most of which comes in the first half mile. It was designed for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers and nordic skiers with gradual switchbacking climbs. It is well marked with green and yellow trail signs. Several spurs allow users to shorten or lengthen their journey as they see fit. 

At the first major trail intersection, a sign designates the Green Chair Trail to the Green Chair Overlook. This is well worth the stop as a retired chairlift chair and picnic table overlook Stowe Mountain Resort and Mount Mansfield. It's an especially great place to stop for lunch or a sunset.

Beyond the first intersection, the Macutchan Loop continues along the Cady Hill Connector, gaining little elevation in the process. It hooks sharply back northeast where Zog's meets Cady Hill Connector and proceeds along Sap Bucket, Bridgey, and Macutchan.

There is a second retired chairlift chair at the Green Chair II overlook. This one is located off of Florence. 

The Cady Hill Forest is also accessible at the substation on Cady Hill Road and at the end of Cady Hill Road.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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