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Vermont Hiking Trails

Deer Leap Trail (3 miles)

Blazing fall colors in Vermont The Deer Leap trail is an offshoot of the nearby Appalachian Trail that is a relatively short but rugged hike to the top of a rock outcrop with dramatic views of the Coolidge Range and Sherburne Pass.

The Hike: Follow the Sherburne Pass trail north to the junction with the Appalachian Trail at .5 miles (see map). The Appalachian Trail north continues to the right in an easterly direction to Gifford Woods State Park (1 mile), on its way to New Hampshire and Maine. To continue the Deer Leap loop, take the Appalachian Trail to the south and you will almost immediately reach the junction with the Deer Leap trail, with blue blazes. Take the Deer Leap trail as it climbs quickly to a small ridge and through open birch forest to another junction at .9 miles. The trail to the left is the .25 mile long Deer Leap overlook trail. From the overlook, return the way you came to the Deer Leap trail junction. Turn left at the junction and you will soon descend steeply to a small brook and then climb over Big Deer Mountain. The trail then descends gradually to a junction with the Appalachian Trail (1.8 miles). Turn right and follow the Appalachian Trail north back to its junction with the Sherburne Pass Trail (2.6 miles), and the parking lot on Route 4 (3.1 miles).

Getting There: The trail starts on the east side of the Inn at Long Trail on the north side of Route 4. There is limited parking on the north side but ample parking on the south side of Route 4, however be very careful crossing the highway at that point.

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