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Mount Philo

A small state park in Vermont, known for its accessible summit with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

Tips from the community

Philo may be the easiest hike on this list, but it also has one of the biggest payoffs. An essential, gentle trek for families, dogs, and tourists. Quick 20 minute drive from Burlington. Major views of the Champlain Valley, including the Lake Champlain shoreline and the Adirondacks in the distance. Pack a picnic with drinks, kick back, and watch the sun set. 1.9 mile loop with a 538ft gain.

leah 4 years ago

Check out Mt. Philo State Park, Vermont's first state park, on top of a 968' mountain with stunning views of Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks. You can hike the 3.8-mile network of easy to moderate trails, have a picnic, or even camp out (fees apply). Don't forget to bring your furry friend on a leash too!

leah 1 year ago

Mount Philo Guides

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