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The trailhead is in the Town of Salisbury on Route 53.

  • From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to its intersection with Route 53. Follow Route 53 for 3.9 miles. Trailhead parking is a paved parking lot, located on the left and prominently marked.
  • From Rochester, travel south on Route 100 to its intersection with Route 73. Travel 13.6 miles east on Route 73 into Forest Dale. Turn north onto Route 53, and follow it 5.3 miles.

From the north end of the parking lot, follow the footpath to a service road, and turn right. At a sharp curve in the road, there is a toilet building. Bear left here and over a bridge to reach the Falls of Lana Picnic Area. The trail begins at the Falls of Lana Picnic Area.

Description

Rattlesnake Cliffs and Aunt Jenny Trail: 1.6 miles (3-4.5 hours round trip). Starting at the Silver Lake / Falls of Lana parking area off Route 53 south of Branbury State Park, go up past the Falls of Lana to the Silver Lake trail and take a left over the bridge onto the Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail, and either continue up it past the North Branch Trail, or take the next left on the Aunt Jenny Trail to where it eventually rejoins the Rattlesnake Cliff Trail above. After a short distance, the Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail will be on the left. Take that and go to both overlooks where you will get spectacular views of Silver Lake, Lake Dunmore, the Champlain Valley, and the Adirondacks. Return either on the Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail or the Aunt Jenny Trail. Use Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles.

Note: From March to August some years the trail to the cliffs is close to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons.

Other Information

Please check current trail and road closures in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Trail Manager

Visit Moosalamoo Association or Green Mountain National Forest online for more information and an interactive map or contact:

Moosalamoo Association
PO Box 108
Forest Dale, VT 05745
Phone: (802) 747-7900
info@moosalamoo.org

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