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Mount Mansfield State Forest: Beaver Meadow

These trails in the far east of Mt. Mansfield State Forest climb to two huts nestled beneath the high ridgeline of Chilcoot Pass and Whiteface Mountain.
Trail Activity
Hiking Ungroomed cross-country skiing Snowshoeing
Length
7.90 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Morristown (VT)
Surface
Snow, Ungroomed
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No
Other Activities
Snowmobiling

Description

From the parking lot, the trail follows old logging roads into the woods -- be sure to continue straight on the Beaver Meadow Trail at the major snowmobile trail intersection. The trail continues with a steady climb and some dips at water crossings through hardwood forest. At the next trail junction, turn left or right to complete a loop around the beaver meadow area. To the left, is a stream requiring a careful crossing and then the Beaver Meadow Lodge (just past the junction with the Burling Trail). To the right, you will first reach Burling Camp. Either of these cabins is open to overnight guests, first-come, first-served.

Take care if you choose to bushwhack onto the beaver wetlands in winter, since the ice may not be strong! There are wonderful views of the Madonna and Whiteface ridges from across the meadow.

For a longer loop, take the Burling Trail away from the Beaver Meadow Lodge. This trail will become a snowmobile trail and then the Catamount Trail. Along the edge of a field, turn left to return via an uphill snowmobile trail to the parking lot (1.8 miles) or turn right to end on the Mud City Loop Road (0.25 miles, plan to leave a car here or walk 1.4 miles back to your car along the road).

Other Information

Both lodges have wood stoves: bring your own firewood conforming to Vermont firewood regulations or be prepared to harvest firewood from dead, down trees.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation online or contact:

Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
gmc@greenmountainclub.org
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VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
Phone: (802) 476-0182
Walter.Opuszynski@vermont.gov
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.
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Trailhead Information

From VT-100 in Morristown, head west on Morristown Corners Road. Go 0.7 miles and go straight onto Walton Road, then go 0.3 miles and bear left to stay on Walton Road. Continue 0.7 miles on Walton Road to Mud City Loop on the left. Go 2.7 miles on Mud City Loop to Beaver Meadow Road. Park in the plowed lot about a mile down Beaver Meadow Road on the right, or continue another half mile to the summer parking lot at the end of the road.

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