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Catamount Trail

Varied difficulty - see below

The Catamount Trail (CT) is Vermont's 300-mile backcountry ski trail running from Massachusetts to Canada. The CT is a winter-use, public-access trail that follows remote wilderness routes, groomed cross-country ski trails, snowmobile trails, and old logging roads. The trail is divided into 31 sections, each between 4 and 15 miles, with varying levels of difficulty.

How to get to there:

One of the closest access points to the CT is Access Point 2 on Section 11 (Ninevah Four Corners to Tin Shanty). This is about 45 minutes from Hanover in Plymouth, VT.

Take 91 South to 89 North. After 3 miles on 89, take exit 1. Turn left on US-4 and follow for 10 miles. Turn right on Pleasant Street, follow .4 mile, then left to continue on 4W. Stay on 4W for another 8.4 miles, then turn left on 100A South. Take 100A for 7 miles, then go right on 100 North. After half a mile, turn left on Round Top Road. The junction of Round Top Road and unplowed Old Plymouth Road is at a hairpin turn about a mile from 100. Ski west half a mile on Old Plymouth Road to intersect the Catamount Trail.

Round Top Road is in the middle of Section 11. This is a mostly wilderness section running over Round Top and Burnt Mountains through hardwood forest. There are many excellent views. This is a challenging section, with several short, difficult stretches, which are steep and narrow. Take climbing skins, particularly for the ascent (and possibly the descent) of Burnt Mountain and Round Top.

To see maps of the trail and more detailed trail descriptions, go to The Trail's Website

Last Updated: 10/21/12