Hiking

There are several options to explore hiking trails at Okemo Mountain Resort.  See below for information and maps of trails starting at both Jackson Gore and Clock Tower base areas.

Jackson Gore Base

Both Jackson Gore Falls Trail and Sawmill Trail trailheads are located above the skier bridge on the Fast Track ski trail. Follow trail markers from the Jackson Gore base area up to the bridge as Jackson Gore Falls Trail will be on your left and Sawmill Trail on your right. Please do not cross the railroad tracks directly, instead use the bridge to go up and over.

 

SAWMILL TRAIL

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 1.2 mile loop

Starting from the Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore, follow the orange blazes up through the Jackson Gore Base area, using the “Fast Track” ski bridge to cross the railroad tracks.  Sawmill passes through classic Vermont beech-birch-maple hardwood forest and older stands of hemlock, and is highlighted by rugged spines of bedrock and some steep scrambles up the sheared granite. While short in length, sturdy shoes are a must to safely navigate the rocky path and caution is advised when the trail surface is wet from rain or high humidity.

Please do not cross the railroad tracks unless you are using the "Fast Track" ski bridge. 

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JACKSON GORE FALLS TRAIL

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Length: .5 mile (one way)

Located adjacent to the Sawmill trail, Jackson Gore Falls Trail is a short out and back trail with a steep access and egress.  Jackson Gore Falls Trail leads to a secluded hollow where visitors will find scenic Coleman Brook dropping nearly 40 feet from the hillside above. Cool and refreshing on a hot summer day, Jackson Gore Falls is a hidden gem in the Okemo State Forest.

Please do not cross the railroad tracks unless you are using the "Fast Track" ski bridge.

Please maintain a safe distance from the Mountain Coaster while using this trail.

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Clock Tower Base | Sunburst Six

To access both Moose Trek and Bear Climb trails please drive up to the parking areas at Sunburst Six chairlift or the Sugar House Lodge.

 

MOOSE TREK

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length 3 miles (one way)

Starting at the base of the Sunburst Six chairlift parking area, Moose Trek meanders across open slopes and through some of Okemo's delightful ski glades as it climbs 3 miles and 1900 vertical feet to the mountain summit. On a clear day, summit visitors will be rewarded with views as far as Mt. Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains. After the hike up, or for scenic chair lift riders looking for a downhill hike, Moose Trek will provide the most gradual descent.

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BEAR CLIMB

  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Length: 2.5 miles (one way)

Starting at the base of the Sunburst Six, Bear Climb is a more direct route to the top of Okemo’s summit, gaining approximately 1900 feet of elevation in just 2.5 miles.  Bear Climb Trail can be traveled either up or down, as a loop with Moose Trek Trail (look for our mid mountain service road to make this a mid-mountain experience.)    

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HEALDVILLE TRAIL TO FIRE TOWER (and Summit Lodge extension)

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

Please note that the Healdville Trail Parking Area is located in Mount Holly. 

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.

Directions to the Healdville Trail Parking Area 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.

Highlights of the Healdville 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