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“Nice half day hike”
Review of Healdville Trail

Healdville Trail
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8 reviews
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“Nice half day hike”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

My boyfriend and I hiked the Healdville Trail at Okemo Mt. We were able to pick up a map and driving directions to the trail at the chamber of commerce office close to Okemo Mts base. The Healdville Trail is an almost 6 mile, moderate hike. At the top is a look out tower that you can climp and see other mts in the area as well as the ski trails of Okemo. We hiked at a pretty steady pace and were able to complete the full hike up and down in about 4 hours.

Visited April 2012
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“West face of Okemo”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Strenuous start thru the forest and up the mountain. Becomes very gradual at about two miles. Views from the top make the hike worthwhile. Didn't climb the fire tower.

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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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“Great Trail but beware.”
Reviewed August 16, 2011

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.

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Goshen, NY
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Wow- this was NOT an easy hike!”
Reviewed July 6, 2011

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!

Visited July 2011
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