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Mount Hunger and White Rock Mountain - Middlesex Trail

The Middlesex Trail visits the rocky summits of Mount Hunger and White Rocks Mountain where there are panoramic views of the Green, White, and Adirondack Mountains. 
Trail Activity
3.9 miles, Network
Middlesex (VT), Worcester (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge


The Middlesex Trail climbs to the rocky summit of Mount Hunger. Hikers can choose to make a loop to include the slightly lower White Rocks Mountain on either their ascent or descent. At the summit, the trail also connects to the Skyline Trail (to explore the Worcester Range's northern peaks) and the Waterbury Trail (which leads down the other side of Mount Hunger into Waterbury).

The ascent to Mount Hunger is a steady slope and near the top scrambling is required over rocky terrain. From the summit, almost every peak in the Green Mountain Range is visible including Camel’s Hump, Killington and Mt. Mansfield on its northern end. Beyond this range one may catch a glimpse of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Many peaks of the White Mountains are visible on the horizon to the east.

Other Information

Primitive camping is allowed at designated areas within CC Putnam State Forest. For more information see the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation primitive camping webpage.

Trail Manager

For more information on the trail or C.C. Putnam State Forest, visit the Vermont State Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation online, or contact:

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
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

From Montpelier, head north on VT-12/Elm Street/Worcester Branch Road and continue for 4.9 miles. Turn left onto Shady Rill Road and continue for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto Story Road and continue for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto North Bear Swamp Road and continue for 1.9 miles to the parking area on the right.

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July 05, 2020
There are no signs at the parking area for this trail. You start with a walk along what looks like a Class 4 road for about .8 miles until you reach the actual trail on your left. As of yesterday 7/4/20, it was marked with a small rock cairn but no sign. If you do the loop at the top, hitting Mt. Hunger first, the round trip distance on the trail is about 5 miles. This brings the total from the parking lot to 6.6 miles. Our small dog did pretty well, but some of the rock scaling at the top of both peaks was difficult and a little scary. Strongly recommend hitting Mt. Hunger first, then White Rocks. Coming down the bare rock from Mt. Hunger would be challenging. Amazing views from the top. Fun trail!!
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