Groomed trail
No
Elevation Gain
1,857.00 ft (566.01 m)
Distance
8.60 mi (13.84 km)
Warming hut
No
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Elmore State Park is a well-known location for summer picnics at Lake Elmore and for the iconic fire tower hike. But while Elmore Mountain itself is a wonderful Vermont hike, perfect for all seasons, less well-known is the section of the 300-mile Catamount Trail that passes along the eastern side of the peak.

The gate to the campground is closed in winter months, so parking is available off of Beach Road. The first mile of this route consists of skiing up the road towards the hiking trails. The road is wide, smooth, and a consistent and moderate uphill. After passing both trails to the summit of Elmore Mountain, there is a sign for the Catamount Trail posted with a map. Beyond this point the trail narrows but is still very moderate for the second mile, with beautiful views of Lake Elmore and nearby mountain ranges visible through the trees. At around 1.7 miles the trail begins descending, then becomes a steep downhill where the terrain becomes very advanced. For an easy route, turn back before this downhill! For advanced skiers on metal-edged cross-country skis or telemark skis, this section can be skied to Elmore Mountain Road, following the narrow twists, turns, and river crossings with caution. (A few sections are even marked with “caution” signs.) Luckily, on the opposite side of Elmore Mountain Road the Catamount Trail becomes very flat and crosses fields with stunning views of Mount Mansfield.

This route as an out-and-back ski travels 8.6 miles, and the full route is a challenging tour due to the rolling terrain, narrow trail, and some steep downhills. In good snow conditions this route is enjoyable, but in thin conditions, the trails become much more difficult. Fortunately, between the skiing, ice skating on the lake, and the hike up the mountain, Elmore State Park has much to offer to winter visitors!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Trail well-marked. Lots of parking.

Cons

Difficult terrain. Variable conditions.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

1,159.00 ft (353.26 m)

Highest point

1,865.00 ft (568.45 m)

Features

Wildlife
Big vistas
Family friendly

Trail type

Loop

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Max slope angle

0-15 Degrees

Primary aspect

East facing

Terrain type

Trees

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Northern Green Mountains, Vermont
Northern Green Mountains, Vermont

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