Healdville Trail

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Paul
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I live ¼ mile from the trail head. I would not say the hike is "easy" at most any age unless you are conditioned and used to hiking a mostly steady climb. As of June, 2022, the trail has lots of exposed roots with trip hazards. Much of the climb will be over rocky terrain as other reviewers note, mostly stable with some exceptions. Yes, a hiking stick/trekking pole is recommended especially on the way down. Leaves in some areas make the ground underneath slippery and unpredictable after a rain. There are no views until you're close to the top of the trail. Cell signal is generally available towards the upper elevations, not anywhere near the base. Parking is accessed via Station Rd. off Rt 103, the opposite end no longer reaches Healdville Rd. as the bridge over Branch Brook was deemed unsafe and is blocked to vehicle traffic. It's a good workout!
Written June 13, 2022
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c S
Homosassa, FL18 contributions
Solo
I almost did not do this climb because the information was conflicting about difficulty, length of time to hike, etc...so here's my update: I am a 49 year old woman in average shape- I hit the gym a few times a week, I don't run marathons, and I carry a few extra pounds...It took me 1:40 to summit. I stopped about 3 times for a few minutes to drink and breathe.... I stopped at the top to enjoy the view, take some pictures and eat a snack then headed down 3:30 back in my car.
THE HIKE: Not hard, but you'll need some endurance. There are lots of rocks and roots, sometimes it goes up at a "breathing like a stalker" pace, and other times it evened out for a great break. I think the first mile was the most difficult. I wore trail sneakers and was fine, although hiking boots would be better for the ankles- especially on the way down. The trail is probably the BEST I have ever been on for markings- it would be hard to get lost on this trail. The trail was well maintained, and would sometimes be wide enough for two across but mostly it would be single file. There are enough streams to keep your dog from being thirsty- but you'll need a few bottles of water.
FACILITIES: There are none. Not up, not down. No water, no outhouse, and no stores nearby...bring your own water.
FINDING IT: I just followed googlemaps- it brought me right there.
THE VIEW: It was nice. Not amazing, but rewarding. Climb the fire tower..the best view is from the top.
Written July 31, 2017
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ashley s
10 contributions
Family
The hike itself was nice, moderate hike, 2 hours 10 minutes going up and 2 hours going down. My husband is in great shape, had our 2.5 yo on his back as well as food/drinks. I'm in moderate health and had our 2 month old in a carrier as well. Our 4.5 yo walked up with a couple stops and most of the way down (she was on my husband's shoulders for the last mile).
The views were very nice but unfortunately had to climb the fire tower to see ANYTHING at all. We packed lunch and sat on the rocks to eat lunch.
Written August 21, 2017
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John P
Island Pond, VT78 contributions
Couples
I am a member of the Green Mountain Club and hike peaks all over Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. I considered the Healdville Trail a moderate hike to a great location. The tower at the top of Okemo has 360 degree views.
Written January 25, 2015
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TheHikerDog
Phoenix, AZ69 contributions
Couples
The Healdville trail is about 3 miles long and is very steep making for a challenging though very pleasant hike in the Great North Woods. Getting there is straightforward: Take 103 north from Ludlow, VT to Station Road (The bridge on Healdville Road is washed out - no doubt a victim of Irene). From the parking lot you have a slow climb that gathers itself to the base of the Mountain, After crossing a wooden bridge, you start climbing a steep 1.2 mile pitch which flattens out as it rounds the side of the mountain. The last 3/4 mile is very steep as you climb to the top and the backside of the ski lifts. A spur trail takes you to the fire tower. The views from the fire tower were brilliant! On the hike met an elderly gentleman from Gorham, NH on the trail with his dog Teddy, taking a break. My wife and I were impressed - and realized that if he can do so could we! We said our goodbye's to he and Teddy at the fire tower.
Written September 24, 2012
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Jomled
Rehoboth Beach, DE62 contributions
My family and I love to do hikes and bike rides. This trail is just great but its long and steep in sections. You need to be in decent shape and I would not bring young children. You are basically hiking up the backside of Okemo Mtn in Ludlow Vt. The top of the trail emerges to the old fire watch tower which is 100 feet from the chair lift coming up the other side of the Mtn. Its a long day hike - it was about 3 plus hours up and 2 and 1/4 down. You climb so much that you actually notice a change in the vegatation. We did the hike in July and found the peak to be very "buggy" while the trail itself was your typical trail in terms of pests. Very serene. Drank water from the brooks that cross the trail. Not much Poison Ivy that we saw. Overall great day but very exhausting. Followed up with some Vermont cheddar and cold white wine and it made for perfect day.
Written August 16, 2011
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Jennifer A
Somerville, MA18 contributions
We stayed in Ludlow and wanted to hike something close by. I was hesitant to go on Okemo as I wanted an outdoor adventure and feared developments... but the trail was certainly in the woods and not too long or challenging. Then, at the very top, there is a beautiful view available if you're willing to climb up the Fire tower! It is 6 miles r/t and excluding breaks, hiking time was under three hours.
Written August 26, 2014
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TravelinMommy31
Goshen, NY31 contributions
After reading a few reviews on trail hiking sites, my family (2 adults and 5 children between the ages of 9-15) decided to attempt this "hike". We should have known that hiking from the bottom of Okemo mountain up to its peak (3,344 feet!!!) was going to be difficult. Although this trail was well-maintained, it was just too darn difficult for us. One of the children (age 10) tripped several times or slipped in mud that was left over from several days of rain. Once on the trail, until you get to the top, there is no easy way back down. To get back to your car, you must reverse the process and complete the difficult hike by going through the obstacles downhill. Anyway, we got to the top and climbed the fire tower. It was up very high and offered spectacular views of Okemo Ski Resport and numerous mountains nearby and far away. We were lucky to find an access road that zig-zagged down the mountain. By then (after almost 3 hours up), the children were tired and we were blessed to find a kind electrician from Okemo Resort who helped get us back to our van, without having to walk down another 3 miles! My advice would be to save this hike for adults only, or those youngsters who are very experienced hikers. Although my family had hiked all over the place on "difficult" trails, this trail was, by far, the hardest we have ever encountered!
Written July 6, 2011
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mcmacguy
Oceanport, NJ42 contributions
Family
TheHikerDog's review here a few pages back is the most accurate. I'm a 63-year-old, fairly experienced hiker, and I found this hike tough, both on the way up and down. Brings lots of water and carb snacks! It took me, my 2 daughters (in their 20s), and my daughter's BF 2 hrs 25 min to make it to the top, 1.5 hours back. The trail is quite rocky, and if it's wet it can be very slippery, so watch your step, and look for a hiking stick at the trailhead. Be aware that there are no rest room facilities at either end of the trail. Being from NJ, I was was very pleased to see no sign of poison ivy anywhere (yeh!). It was a cool day when we went, and I suggest you pick a similar day - this trail would be agonizing in the heat. Unless they're really hardy and experienced, small children shouldn't be taken on this trail. And oh yeh - you MUST climb the water tower for the view!
Written September 7, 2018
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Roy-Tto
West Hartford, CT104 contributions
Solo
The hike is only 6 miles round-trip but the firetower is almost 2000 feet above the trailhead, so it's not a piece of cake for a 64-year-old in medium condition...I went on a hot day and I was BEAT when I got back...but it's all walking, no scrambling on all 4s. It's a beautiful trail, well-routed and maintained, and the view from the top is well worth it! Highly recommended. Compares nicely to the hike to the Stratton firetwower, one of my favorites; Okemo is a shorter distance but there's more elevation change between trailhead and summit.
Written July 18, 2016
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