Montpelier, VT: Cotton Brook Loop

At 9.9 miles, this multi-use loop gently climbs an old logging road crisscrossing Cotton Brook, then moves up the banks of a reservoir with dramatic views of the Worcester Range.
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At 9.9 miles, this multi-use loop gently climbs an old logging road crisscrossing Cotton Brook, then moves up the banks of a reservoir with dramatic views of the Worcester Range.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 15.9

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 44.4343490600586, -72.7442474365234

Head W on old logging road

WPT002

Location: 44.422550201416, -72.7552032470703

Stay R @ Y near wooden shed

WPT003

Location: 44.4318161010742, -72.7798004150391

Old apple orchard; stone cellar hole nearby

WPT004

Location: 44.433235168457, -72.7919006347656

Cross bridge over Cotton Brook

WPT005

Location: 44.4372177124023, -72.8052978515625

Trail high point (1,571 ft.); bridge over brook

WPT006

Location: 44.4198684692383, -72.7864837646484

L @ 3-way with snowmobile trail; views of Stowe Pinnacle and Mt. Hunger in the Worcester Range

WPT007

Location: 44.419132232666, -72.7727813720703

L @ Y; Start descending on marked mountain bike trail

WPT008

Location: 44.4236183166504, -72.7614517211914

Large bridge crosses Cotton Brook, a roaring torrent come springtime

WPT009

Location: 44.4212493896484, -72.7564315795898

R @ 3-way; cut across an old orchard

WPT010

Location: 44.4186172485352, -72.7539520263672

Campsite overlooks Waterbury Reservoir; turn N on footpath along the shore of the Waterbury River; at low water levels, hike the flat, grassy reservoir floor

WPT011

Location: 44.4301681518555, -72.7425003051758

From canoe launch, hop on the dirt road N and travel .3 mile back to trailhead