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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

From The Field: East

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Moxie Bald Trail (Photo by: Jeff Chow)
Moxie Bald Trail (Photo by: Jeff Chow)
Tom Branch Falls, Deep Creek Loop (Photo by: Donnelly-Austin)
Tom Branch Falls, Deep Creek Loop (Photo by: Donnelly-Austin)
Lake Mansfield Trail (Photo by: Broudy/Donohue Photography)
Lake Mansfield Trail (Photo by: Broudy/Donohue Photography)

Lake Mansfield Trail, Mt. Mansfield State Forest, VT
Megan Duni Fayston, VT

Pack a picnic from the Burlington Farmers’ Market for this 3.6-mile out-and-back to an 1,800-foot-high notch in the Green Mountains. A quarter-mile in, look for two 19th-century, stone-lined cellar holes, and spot a 40-foot unnamed cascade at mile 1.5. From the Taylor Lodge lean-to, which overlooks the lush valley you just ascended, don’t miss the .4-mile Clara Bow spur loop: “It goes through a really dark, cool tunnel of big rocks–glacial deposits–leaning against one another,” says Duni, of the Green Mountain Club. “You climb over huge boulders and up a 15-foot ladder.” Trip ID 934895

“Stay at the free Taylor Lodge to get an incredible sunrise.”

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