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Burlington, VT: Mount Philo

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Distance: 2.1 miles


Just outside Burlington, the summit of Mount Philo offers sweeping views of Lake Champlain along with Adirondack and Green Mountain peaks.

Only twenty minutes from Burlington, the trek up Mount Philo offers a steep—albeit brief—climb to a summit view worthy of a much longer hike. A 2.1-mile round trip with a choice picnic spot at the top, this hike is one of the more family-friendly options around Burlington. Start up the House Rock Trail just past the fee station and hike up a gentle grade until crossing State Park Road after 0.4 mile. From here, the terrain steepens along Devil’s Chair Trail, which passes a few boulder scrambles and squeezes (as well as its namesake rock formation). This trip opts for a more interesting approach to the summit, scrambling up a herd path to ascend Philo’s steepest face. At the top, expansive views to and (on clear days) across Lake Champlain await. Take advantage of summit telescopes to peer even further at the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.

-Mapped by Berne Broudy, AuthenticOutdoors.com

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