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Wake up early, or head out near dusk, to beat the crowds on this popular dayhike just outside of Stowe. The trail warms up on a false-flat grade for the first half-mile or so before amping up to a steep staircase-like climb through a mixed hardwood forest. Catch your breath midway up the climb at an off-trail overlook (views of Mount Mansfield), before continuing a short distance to the Hogback Trail junction. The toughest part of the trail is now behind you as the approach the Pinnacle–you’ll trek through a thinner forest up to a bald rock summit. Mount Mansfield looms to the northwest and Mount Hunger to the south; on clear days other Green Mountain peaks (like Camels Hump) are visible as well. See more photos and GPS-map details provided by BACKPACKER’s Green Editor Berne Brody at backpacker.com/hikes/60507.