OverviewThis is an awesome mountain in the Worcester range with a semi challenging hike in the Stowe area. It is a good solid hike with great views of Mt. Mansfield, Camels Hump, much of the Greens and on a good day the Presidentials. Towards the top there is even a bit of easy pleasurable scrambling that leads to the open summit. Considering it's height, there are not many mountains as fun to climb and with such excellent views as Hunger.
When the Von Trapps moved from Austria to the USA, they chose Stowe for thier new home. I'ts not the Greens that you see from thier front doorstep, it's Mount Hunger and the Worcester range.
Getting ThereWaterbury Trail:
From downtown Stowe, turn east on School st. At .3 mile, bear right onto Stowe Hollow Rd. Continue up until Stowe Hollow Rd. ends and Barnes Hill Rd. bears right and turn left onto Waterworks Rd.-Sweetfarm rd. (dirt). When I was there there was no sign so be patient, (any contributions welcome). The trailhead to the Waterbury trail is on the left. It is a small dirt parking lot.
From the town of Waterbury: Head north on Vermont 100. Take first right after Ben & Jerry's onto Kneeland Flats. Take next right onto Guptil rd. (.9 mi.) which turns to Ripley rd. At Sweet rd. intersection(4.7 mi.), turn right. Trailhead parking is on right.
From Montpelier, head north on Rt. 12 past Wrightsville Resovior boat launch sign. Turn left onto Shady Rill rd.(0.0 mi.) Drive through Shady Rill, turn right after Rumney School onto Worcester rd.(2.2 mi.) Take left fork onto Bear Swamp rd.(2.8 mi.) At 2.9 mi. bear left again, continue to clearing and trailhead (4.9 mi.)
Red TapeThe gmc (green mountain club)closes many of the popular hikes in the greens and strongly encourages hikers to avoid higher elevation trails from april 15 to memorial day because of trail erosion due to the wet conditions of spring so check with thier website for more info. Green Mountain Club
CampingCamping is allowed in the greens below 2500 ft. Otherwise, Little river campground located on little river rd. 1 1/2 miles west of the Jct of rt. 100 & rt. 2. Also, It feels like a secret to me because it is soo tranquil and uncrowded, but Smugglers Notch State Park Campsites is one of my favorite campsites anywhere. Clean Beautiful, and close to some of Vermonts great hikes. (Mansfield). they have showers (free) that are as clean as ours. Say hi to Aaron for me!
TrailsMost commonly, Mt. Hunger is climbed by way of the Waterbury trail (West side). There is another trail on the East side leading from near the town of Worcheser it is the Middlesex trail. It seems that these trails were named after nearby towns in the area.
Waterbury Trail: 1.9 Mi. 2200 Ft. Elev. Gain (a small amount of class 2 at the top)
Middlesex Trail: 2.4 Mi. 1800 Ft. Elev. Gain
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