The 17,841-acre Lye Brook Wilderness is a haven for black bear, beaver, and moose. Reader fave: an eight-mile out-and-back to Bourn Pond on the Branch Pond Trail; start from Kelley Stand Road, five miles from East Arlington.
6. Best Sunset
Crystal-clear and 300 feet deep, Lake Willoughby is a parting gift from glaciers. See it from 2,751-foot Mt. Pisgah (take the South Trail from VT 5A, six miles north of West Burke). Return on the North Trail for a seven-mile day.
8. Favorite Campsite
Lay your bag by the soothing thunder of Big Falls, created by the Missisquoi River plunging 40 feet through a narrow gorge. Park at the turnout on River Road, 1.5 miles south from VT 105, then follow a 200-foot path to an 80-foot cliff directly above the falls. Camp on the right.
9. Best Ski Trail
The 300-mile Catamount Trail crosses Vermont top to bottom. Tackle its finest daylong stretch from VT 242 to Jay for a rolling, six-mile jaunt through snow-covered evergreens, says Lenny Christopher (below).