The summit of Mount Hor offers nearby views of the surrounding ponds and a distant view of the Green Mountains. From the other trail lookouts, hikers can see Lake Willoughby, the cliffs of Mount Pisgah, and in the distance, the White Mountains, Owl's Head, and Mount Orford.
Herbert Hawkes Trail: This trail is the gateway to the other Mount Hor trails and lookouts. From the CCC Road, the forested trail winds up the mountain for 0.7 miles until it reaches a junction where hikers can turn left onto a spur to the summit of Mount Hor, or stay straight and continue on the Herbert Hawkes Trail. In another 0.3 miles there is a junction with the North Trail to the left; if hikers continue straight here they will end up at the North Lookout, where there are extensive views of the lake and the cliffs.
North Trail: This trail ascends Mount Hor from the northwest. After 0.6 miles of traveling over a forest floor trail, the route comes to a junction with the Brookside Trail; here the North Trail continues straight. In another 0.6 miles the trail ends at a T-intersection with the Herbert Hawkes Trail. Here, hikers can turn left to access the North Lookouts, or turn right and follow signs for the Mount Hor summit.
Brookside Trail: This trail connects the Moose Mountain Trail to the North Trail, and is useful to hikers wishing to create a longer route.
For more information on winter use, visit the Willoughby State Forest - Ski Trails page.
For more information about the trails, visit the Northwoods Stewardship Center or the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation online or contact:
Herbert Hawkes Trail: From Barton, drive east on VT-16 N for 6.6 miles. Turn right onto VT-5A South and continue for 5.7 miles. Turn into the parking area on the right hand side of the road. In the warmer months, drive up the CCC Road for 1.7 miles and pull off in the parking area. In the winter, parking is available at the lot at the bottom of the CCC Road, adding an extra 1.7 miles to the hike.
North Trail: From Barton, drive east on VT-16 North/Eastern Avenue for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto Cook Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Lake View road and continue for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Wheeler Mountain Road, then soon after, slight left onto Big Valley Lane. Continue straight until the end of the road where parking and the trailhead are located.
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