Bromley Mountain
GOOD FOR: Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12

Source:Outdoors with Kids Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (AMC Books)
Address:VT 11/30, Winhall
Hours:No posted hours
Fee: Free for day use; contact Bromley Mountain Ski Resort for chairlift fees

Green Mountain National Forest, 802-747-6700,; Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, 802-824-5522,,

Bathrooms: None
Water/Snacks: None

USGS Peru quad

A moderately graded trail leads you along a brook, past an overnight shelter, and finally to open vistas.

Turn your day hike into a memorable overnight with a stay at Bromley Mountain’s shelter.

Bromley Mountain makes for an excellent hike for young hikers ready for a walk of 5.5 miles. Unlike older mountain footpaths that take the shortest (and often most challenging) route between two points, this recreational trail follows a more gradual grade that holds up better against erosion than steep slopes. Following the route of the Long Trail, the trip leads to panoramic views on top of the mountain. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the ski area runs many summer adventure activities and chairlift rides; in May or September through November, the area is less crowded. You can also opt to turn this into an overnight by staying at the new Bromley Mountain Shelter (2.3 miles).

From the eastern end of the parking lot, head east on the Long Trail for about 50 feet, before crossing Bromley Brook. Walk along the brook for 0.9 mile before starting the climb up the mountain. Depending on the season of your visit the hardwood forest will offer many delights on your way up, from beautiful fall foliage to great views when the leaves are long gone.

At 2.3 miles, take the spur trail to visit the shelter. With a loft sleeping area and a picnic table, this is a cozy spot to spend the night. As the shelter is on the well-traveled Long Trail that runs the length of the state from Massachusetts to Canada, other hikers may use the shelter as well. Even if you don’t stay, the kids will love to explore and “play house,” and it always makes a good spot for a snack break or lunch break.

Further up, the trail emerges from the woods onto the wide and grassy Run Around Ski Trail at the ski area. You are close to the top here! Just turn left and keep climbing to reach a viewing platform with a 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks and valleys. You can see some of Vermont’s highest peaks here: Stratton Mountain lies just to the south and Equinox is to the west. Continue down the way you came.

Plan B:

Buttermilk Falls on Buttermilk Falls Road in Ludlow (43° 26.118´ N, 72° 43.609´ W) make for a great post-hike swim. With multiple pools to choose from, and some good jumping spots, everyone will enjoy an adventure here. Lowell Lake on VT 11 in Londonderry is also a great swimming spot.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Both Londonderry and Manchester have exceptional eating options, with many delis, pizzerias, and higher-end fare as well. Excellent farmers’ markets in both towns can be a great way to stock up on picnic-lunch supplies. The historic Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern on VT 11 in Chester boasts a cozy fireplace, games of pool or darts, pub dinners, and well-known chocolate chip cookie sundaes.


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