Vermont County Highpoints

Vermont, United States, North America
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Vermont's county highpoints are among the most consistently elevated of perhaps any mountainous state in the nation; with the exception of Grand Isle County, every highpoint falls within the range of 3100-4400 feet in height. Many of these peaks offer challenging hikes and stunning scenery, though several are more sublime in nature. For those so inclined, however, eight counties can be more easily summited by the aid of summit roads, ski lifts, and gondolas. Virtually all of the peaks are trailed. In fact, only the bushwhacks up Butterfield and Signal Mtns, the unofficial path to Big Jay from Jay Peak, and possibly the two candidate areas on Grand Isle require any traveling off the beaten path.

For those interested in the Vermont 4000'ers, all five of them will contribute toward your amassing of counties: Mt. Ellen and Camels Hump are the candidates for Washington County's highpoint, and the remaining three are each highpoints of their respective counties. The famed Long Trail passes over--or very near to--nine of the fourteen counties' highpoints. Almost unique among the states, there are no true "liners", though Big Jay and Adam's Apple come close. One thing, however, is certain: Vermont's county highpoints cannot be completed in just a long weekend, nor should they be. Perhaps more so than any other state in the region, Vermont's mountains are meant to be savored, and enjoyed over a period of years.

CountyHighpoint(s)Elevation in Feet
ChittendenMount Mansfield, the Chin4393
RutlandKillington Peak4235
LamoilleMount Mansfield, Adams Apple4220
WashingtonMount Ellen4083
Camels Hump4083
AddisonMount Abraham4006
WindhamStratton Mountain3940
OrleansJay Peak3858
BenningtonEquinox Mountain3840+
FranklinBig Jay3786
EssexEast Mountain3439
WindsorGillespie Peak3366
CaledoniaSignal Mountain3360+
OrangeButterfield Mountain3167
Grand IslePt. 279 SW of South Hero279
"Hyde Hill" NE of Grand Isle270+

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Access Issues

Vermont has among the fewest access issues regarding its highpoints as any state.

Permission should, if possible, be obtained to access the two Grand Isle County spots, as both are on private land.

East Mountain's summit is rumored to be closed on account of asbestos in the summit buildings. I don't know anything further: proceed at your own risk to your health and the law.

The neighboring Butterfield and Signal Mountains, when approached from the west, involve crossing private land. The standard eastern approach up the Groton State Forest road does not.

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chilkoot - Aug 30, 2006 11:45 pm - Voted 9/10

A new page

Jay Peak now has a page, so you can create a link in your list.


elhefe007a - Mar 22, 2007 5:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Another new page

Big Jay also has a page now.

Dartmouth Hiker

Dartmouth Hiker - Apr 30, 2007 12:52 am - Hasn't voted

Having difficulties

Hi guys, saw your notes and added your pages to the table in my profile. However, I can't seem to add them as children, since for some reason neither page shows up in a search. Any idea why this is happening? I've never had this problem with other summits...maybe SP has some kind of built-in search limitation for three-letter mountains, that's all I can think of.

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Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. For example, the Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children.