Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

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
Hiking Snowshoeing
3.90 miles, Network
Middlesex (VT), Worcester (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, 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. 

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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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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.

In the winter, there is a plowed parking area 1,500 feet from the trailhead on North Bear Swamp Road. The road between the winter parking area and the summer-season trailhead will be seasonally closed to vehicular traffic from the beginning of winter to the end of mud season.

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February 15, 2024
From the winter parking area on N. Bear Swamp Road (near the barn), out to White Rock and back, without doing the Mt. Hunger loop, is about 6.5 miles total. I'm not sure where the distance measurements on this site are provided from, but we just did this with a GPS tracker last weekend.

We didn't need snowshoes because the snow was fairly packed and frozen already, but they would have been helpful towards the top as the sun started to warm up the snow, we broke through much easier. We did use the ice picks that secure to the bottom of our hiking shoes and those were necessary for sure. The trail becomes more challenging after you veer left from the White Rock/Mt. Hunger "intersection" and there are some places with wooden stairs where the terrain becomes more vertical.
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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