Hiking

Hiking at the top of Okemo Mountain for those looking to get a little exercise and to earn sweeping views of the Okemo Valley from atop Okemo Mountain, there are several options to explore. Whichever path to the summit you choose to the summit, it's just a short walk to the Summit Lodge for restrooms, maple creemees, beverages or beer, wine and cider with a view.

Summit Lodge to Fire Tower: Buckhorn & Butterflies
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 mile (Roundtrip)

Hopping off the Sunburst six you can continue directly ahead on a wide gravel road (in winter this is the Buckhorn Trail). In some summer months, fields of butterflies have been spotted on this path to the fire tower. When you pass the Glades Peak Quad, and continue down toward Mountain Road to a forested trail that goes directly to the fire tower right in front of you. Continue to the fire tower taking a left at the intersection with the Healdville Trail.

Upper Mount Road Parking Area to Fire Tower: Direct to Okemo Mountain Fire Tower

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 mile (Roundtrip)

Leaving the upper parking area on Mountain Road, continue past the gate on foot along upper Mountain Road approximately .4 mile. Once the road splits, you'll see the entrance to a forested trail on your right. Continue to the fire tower taking a left at the intersection with the Healdville Trail.

Upper Mount Road Parking Area to the Summit Lodge: Hidden Forest Trail

Difficulty: Intermediate
Length: .6 mile (Roundtrip)

Tucked in the corner of the upper mountain road parking lot (across from the gate) are a few rocky steps into a densely forested alpine trail that goes directly to the Summit Lodge. The trail goes for approximately .3 mile before connecting close to the summit right Rimrock (take a right). Please note that while short and not steep, this trail does have some short rocky sections and may retain some wet conditions after rainfall.

Ludlow Mountain Loop (from Upper Mountain Road Parking Area)

Difficulty: Intermediate
Length: 1.8 miles

If you are driving and parking at the top of Mountain Road, you can connect a full loop. Start by heading past the gate up Mountain Road to the fire tower. After taking in the sweeping 360-degree views, take a right as you emerge back onto mountain road and continue up the gravel path to the top of the Glades Peak Quad. Follow the gravel road to head to the Summit Lodge for snacks, creemees, and a selection of refreshments including beer, wine and cider. You can return to the parking area at the top of Mountain Road by starting down the Rum Run Trail, looking for the hidden Forested trail on your left. Take it to complete the loop back to the parking area.

Healdville Trail to Fire Tower (and Summit Lodge extension)

Difficulty: Challenging
Length: 6 miles (roundtrip) + .8 mile to Summit Lodge (optional)

The Healdville Trail climbs from the base to the summit of Okemo Mountain in Ludlow and Mount Holly. Highlights of this trail include the historic fire lookout tower on the summit and a vista along the trail with views to the north and west. The trail gains about 1900 feet of elevation and takes approximately 4 hours roundtrip. You can extend the trip to the Summit Lodge on the return from the fire tower, by taking a right at the intersection of the Healdville Trail. You will exit the forest onto Mountain Road in about 200 yards, follow the road up to Glades Peak Quad and continue down the Buckhorn trail (it is approximately .4 mile to the Summit Lodge).

For more information visit:
https://vtstateparks.com/assets/pdf/okemo_sf_trails.pdf

Directions to the Healdville Trail Parking Area from Ludlow: From the intersection of Vermont Routes 100 and 103, head west on Vermont Route 103; turn left on Station Road (2.7 mi). Turn left again just after the railroad tracks (0.8 mi) and park in the lot at the end of the gravel road.

From Rutland: From the intersection of US Route 7 and Vermont Route 103, head south on Vermont 103; turn right on Station Road (15 mi). Turn left just after the railroad tracks (0.8 mi) and park in the lot at the end of the gravel road.