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Burke Mountain Hiking Trails

This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
From the fire tower on the summit of Burke Mountain there are unbeatable views of Willoughby Gap and all of the Northeast Kingdom. 
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Hiking Snowshoeing
3.7 miles, Network
Burke (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Paved/Cement, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash



This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail. Be considerate of your fellow trail enthusiasts - pass at safe distances, wear masks, and move on from viewpoints if others are waiting.

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Please Note: The Toll Road and the Fire Road at Burke Mountain are open for foot travel. All hiking trails remain closed for mud season. 

From the gated start of the Red Trail, the trail follow a fairly level grade for about 1 mile before it narrows and turns upward. The trail crosses the CCC road and a small lean-to where the trail forks. From here to the summit, hikers can take either the Red Trail or the West Peak Trail (blazed Blue Trail). The Red Trail leads to the north and offers beautiful views of the Kingdom, while the West Peak Trail (Blue Trail) leads to the south by two lean-tos. There is a particularly excellent vista to the east between the lean-tos and the intersection with the Red Trail.

The trails converge near the summit and meet the Profile Trail which leads hikers to the fire tower on top of the mountain. From the fire tower, hikers have an up-close view of the Burke Mountain wind turbine, and can see Willoughby Gap and Sutton Ridge in the distance. 

There is also a short ADA-accessible trail from the upper parking lot to a vista. It crosses the Summit Trail just south of the parking lot. It is 4+ feet wide and the surface is compacted stone. 

Other Information

Alternate routes: Toll Road is a 3-mile paved road that leads all the way to the summit. There is a fee for driving the toll road, but visitors can walk on the road at no cost. 

Trail Manager

For more information about the trails, visit the Northwoods Stewardship Center online or contact:

NorthWoods Stewardship Center

NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
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Kingdom Trails Association

Kingdom Trails Association
468 VT Route 114
East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: (802) 626-0737
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Burke Mountain Resort

Burke Mountain Resort
223 Sherburne Lodge Road
East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: (802) 626-7300

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 751-0136
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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.
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Trailhead Information

From East Burke, drive east on VT-114 N for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Mountain Road and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Shelburne Lodge Road and continue straight, then turn right into the lowest level of the parking lot, park here. The trail departs from the farthest (southern) edge of the parking lot from behind the gate. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Mud Season Trail Closure

One or more trails in this system is currently closed due to muddy or wet conditions. Please help to protect our trails by not walking on them when they are soft and easily damaged. Learn more.

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