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Snake Mountain Trail, Addison

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail

Snake Mountain, 1287ft, also called Grand View Mountain, is an isolated mountain located in Addison and Weybridge, Vermont; it belongs to a series of scattered hills extending from the greater Taconic Mountains geology. Snake Mountain contains the state of Vermont's 1215acre Snake Mountain Wildlife Management Area and The Nature Conservancy's Willmarth Woods Sanctuary. Several hiking trails ascend the mountain (one climbs the western face and the second climbs the eastern face). Seen from the west, the mountain rises dramatically (with its prominent sheer cliffs) out of the nearby valley making it easy to recognize from other nearby hills and mountains.
The mountain was once the site of The Grand View Hotel, built in 1870 by Jonas N. Smith. The hotel burned down but its foundations and the open vista of Lake Champlain remain. Smith's stage coach road to the summit is now the primary hiking trail.
In memory of the hotel, the view from the summit is named "Grand View."
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  • An up and down hike that is popular year round. It can be wet and buggy but continues to be upgraded.  more »
  • This was a hard hike to rate. It was a great hike for 3/4 of time. I loved the upward climb through the woods and the view of the farmland from the old hotel platform. And I didn't mind all of the...  more »
  • Always a great hike! The kids (6&8) were able to do it easily and its dog friendly. The view at the top is a great reward for the hike up! (Wear bug spray!)
  • Weighing in as a non-local here. Pros: Good parking lot, moderate climb, great view at the top. Cons: Wet and muddy in early July. Lots of foot traffic erosion. Mosquito clouds that didn't seem too bothered by the 100% Deet we were wearing. Very light on trail blazes. I wish I had seem some warnings about attempting the loop. Most people seemed to hike up and back instead. Now I know why. If you continue past the peak overlook you'll eventually find yourself at a swamp/pond after a downhill. There are at least a dozen unmarked trail intersections. If any of it had been blazed it would have helped my bearings.

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