“Steadily inclining trail up the old carriage road for the hotel that used to be at the summit.”
— Dan Raisbeck
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This is the most commonly traveled route to the summit of Snake Mountain, starting on the West Trail
, which is a very straight and steady incline to the Summit Trail
, which brings you to the peak. Snake Mountain stands as the highest point in Addison County and gives you a great view of the surrounding farmlands, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondacks.
Hike a steady incline all the way up the West Trail
to the winding Summit Trail
towards the top of Snake Mountain. The West Trail
starts perpendicular to Mountain Road in Addison, VT, then takes a 90-degree bend towards the peak. The end of the West Trail
flattens out a little before joining the Summit Trail
, which becomes steeper and winds back and forth up the ridge.
History & Background
This path up Snake Mountain was formerly used as a stage coach road for the Grand View Hotel, which burned down in 1925. The foundation of the hotel is still visible and makes for a nice flat spot overlooking the farmland in the area.