Eagle Mountain

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With its rolling hay fields, sugar maple forests, rocky ledges, and stunning Lake Champlain views, a trip to Eagle Mountain offers visitors a quintessential Vermont hiking experience.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
2.70 miles, Network
Milton (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt


The Eagle Mountain natural area contains 250 acres of forested natural area protecting one of the most important natural areas in the State of Vermont. To help protect the sensitive habitat please stay on the trails and practice low-impact walking, hiking, and snowshoeing.

The blue-blazed Hoyt Lookout Trail connects the Henry Road parking area to the trail network, and is also a longer and more moderate hike to reach the panoramic lake view at Hoyt Lookout as compared to going via the summit. The trail starts by crossing a field, then enters a forest of cedar, maple, and hophornbeam. After crossing an old stone wall, a T-intersection gives the option to turn right on the yellow-blazed trail to ascend to the Eagle Mountain summit or turn left to descend on the Hoyt Lookout Trail to connect to the other trails or the lookout. 

The summit is thickly wooded and marked by rock cairns. It is the highest point along the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont. To reach the Hoyt Lookout, take the connector trail from the summit to the Hoyt Lookout Trail. From the Hoyt Lookout, the islands of Lower and Upper Fishbladder are central to the view, with Savage Island to the north and Cedar Island barely visible to the south. Beyond these islands is Grand Isle, and the main lake is beyond that. 

From the Hoyt Lookout Trail, there are a few connections to the Wildflower Loop and Mossy Ledge trails -- mellow trails through a mature forest that meander among mossy ledges. The Old Orchard Trail connects to Cold Spring Road and the limited 4-car parking lot there. 

Other Information

Eagle Mountain Natural Area is one of more than 45 properties preserved by the Lake Champlain Land Trust. Since 1978, the Lake Champlain Land Trust has preserved the lakeshore and natural areas of Lake Champlain, including thousands of acres and miles of shoreline.

No facilities.

Trail Manager

Visit Lake Champlain Land Trust online for more information and a printable map showing additional hikes or contact:

Milton Conservation Commission
43 Bombardier Road
Milton, VT 05468
Phone: (802) 893-1186
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Milton Recreation Department
43 Bombardier Road
Milton, VT 05468
Phone: (802) 893-4922
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Lake Champlain Land Trust
1 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 862-4150
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Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Yield to pedestrians on multi-use trails. Warn others that you are passing from behind with a friendly "Excuse me" and a smile.

Trailhead Information

From Burlington (25 minutes): Take I-89 north to Exit 17. Go west on US-2 for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Bear Trap Road. After 1.8 miles, the road forks. Bear left toward barn. At the stop sign turn left onto Cadreact Road. Follow north approximately 2.5 miles. The road becomes Beebe Hill Road. Turn left (west) onto Henry Road and continue to the end.

Directions from Milton Village: Go north on US-7, and turn left (west) onto Lake Road. Turn left (south) onto Everest Road. Turn right (west) at the next intersection to remain on Everest. Turn right (north) onto Beebe Hill Road. Turn left (west) onto Henry Road and continue to the end.

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