New England Fall Foliage Hiking Adventures
An Inn-to-Inn Hiking, Canoeing/Kayaking and Horseback Riding Adventure in the Green and White Mountains
Experience this unique New England adventure-combining the verdant Green Mountains and little known Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with the towering White Mountains of New Hampshire. Weather permitting, climb the highest peaks in both states and paddle the quiet waters of the beautiful Lamoille River. Sample the local products-cheddar cheese, maple syrup, apple cider…and Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Revel in the color of the fall foliage season and relax in the tranquility of charming country inns.
Day 1. Hike Mount Pisgah, The Wildflower Inn (800-627-8310 or 802-626-8310/private baths)
Our group assembles at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in Burlington, Vermont. We shuttle from Burlington to Lake Willoughby with a midway stop at the Cabot Creamery. Owned by an association of Vermont dairy farmers since 1919, Cabot Creamery invites you to nibble their many varieties of cheeses, including the "World's Best Cheddar and Best Flavored Cheese."
Following lunch at the trailhead we hike up Mount Pisgah. The twin mounds of Mts. Pisgah and Hor form beacons in the Northeast Kingdom, looming above the upper end of glacier-gouged Lake Willoughby. This stirring hike through maple, birch, spruce and pine forest leads to rocky aeries high above precipitous cliffs with distant views of Jay Peak, Mount Mansfield and Burke Mountain and of the deep blue lake below.
We settle tonight into the cozy confines of The Wildflower Inn, situated on Darling Hill on 570 acres. Experience unforgettable charm, relax in sumptuous gardens and rejuvenate in the stunning beauty of the Northeast Kingdom.
Shuttle from Burlington to Lake Willoughby [2-1/2 hours plus a visit to the Cabot Creamery]
Hike Mt. Pisgah via the South Trail [4 miles round trip; 1600 feet of elevation gain, then loss]
Day 2. Hike Mount Lafayette, Sunset Hill House (800-786-4455 or 603-823-5522)/private baths)
We shuttle this morning to Franconia Notch in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Our destination is 5,260-foot Mount Lafayette, named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette in gratitude for his assistance in the War of Independence.
Following a former bridal path, the trail crosses Walker Brook and soon ascends to Agony Ridge and on to the Greenleaf Hut, with views of Mt. Lincoln and distant Mt. Moosilauke along the way. The trail then passes Eagle Lakes, two picturesque shallow tarns, en route to the summit of Mount Lafayette and 360 degree views.
We lodge for the next two nights at Sunset Hill House, a large Victorian inn which first welcomed guests in 1880. The location high atop Sunset Hill Ridge offers unparalleled views of the Presidential, Kinsman and Franconia Ranges of the White Mountains as well as long-range views over the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Shuttle from Lake Willoughby to Mount Lafayette Trailhead [1-1/2 hours]
Hike Mount Lafayette via the Old Bridal Path [up to 8 miles round trip; up to 3480 feet of elevation gain, then loss]
Inclement weather alternative: Hike the Zealand Trail to Zealand Pond and Zealand Falls [5.4 miles round trip; 650 feet of elevation gain, then loss]
Day 3. Hike Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington, Ride Cog Railway Down, Sunset Hill House
From a high trailhead in Jefferson Notch we ascend steadily through a thick maple and birch forest to a ridge where several rock scrambles are required. Obtaining the shoulder of Mount Jefferson, we proceed through the tundra along the top of the Presidential Range. We cross Mt. Clay with exquisite views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Madison and down into the Great Gulf as we make our way to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in New England at 6,288 feet.
On our approach to Mt. Washington we first spot plumes of black smoke, then cross the railroad tracks of the Mount Washington Cog Railway, our transportation down the mountain. Built in 1869 as the world's first mountain climbing cog railway, the coal-burning, steam-powered engines and colorful passenger cars are a photographer's delight.
Hike the Caps Ridge Trail from Jefferson Notch to Mount Jefferson; then The Cornice, Gulfside Trail and Clay Loop to Mount Washington [5.2 miles one way; 3280 feet of elevation gain]
Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway down from the summit [approximately one hour]
Inclement weather alternative: Hike Webster Cliff Trail to Webster Branch Trail to Webster-Jackson Trail in Crawford Notch [5.8 miles one way; 2635 feet of elevation gain, then loss]
Day 4. Hike to Flume Gorge, Edson Hill Manor (800-621-0284 or 802-253-7371/private baths)
One of Franconia Notch's geological wonders, the Flume Gorge offers a spectacular walk through a natural chasm, along boardwalks and over covered bridges. This loop walk visits the Flume, Liberty Gorge and Cascade and the Pool and provides views of Mt. Liberty and Mt. Flume.
Following lunch we shuttle to Stowe, Vermont, the "ski capital of the East". Stowe is a 200-year old village that looks like a classic Vermont village should look.
We stop just before arriving in Stowe at The Cold Hollow Cider Mill, one of the top producers of fresh apple cider in all of New England and one of the very few that press year-round. Here cider is still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920s.
Relax and recover from the past two days of climbing hikes at the Edson Hill Manor, a Vermont country estate that will be home for our final two nights. Situated on 225 acres a few minutes from the village of Stowe, the inn has riding stables, many rooms with canopy beds and most with fireplaces and top-rated dining.
Hike to Flume Gorge [2.0 miles round trip; nominal elevation gain]
Shuttle from Franconia Notch to Stowe, Vermont [2-1/2 hours plus a stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill]
Day 5. Hike the Mt. Mansfield Ridgeline to Lake of the Clouds, Canoe the Lamoille River, Edson Hill Manor, Ten Acre Lodge (10/8/06 departure) (802-253-7638/private baths)
We shuttle up the toll road of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest point at 4,393 feet. All of today's hike will be at or above timberline with views on a clear day of Lake Champlain to the west, Canada to the north and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east.
The Green Mountains take their name from both the covering forest and the hue of the metamorphic schist that they are comprised of. We walk today along the spine of Mt. Mansfield on the exposed schist and will see tundra plants here that typically only grow 1,000 miles to the north.
This afternoon we canoe or kayak (at your option) the gentle Lamoille River through rolling farmlands with plenty of fall color and distant views of Mt. Mansfield. Great blue herons, beaver, otter, kingfishers and hawks may be observed during our two hour paddle.
Hike from "The Nose" to "The Chin" of Mount Mansfield and on to Lake of the Clouds via the "Adams Apple" [3.8 miles round trip; 330 feet of elevation gain, then 450 feet of elevation loss on the way out with the sequence reversed on the return trip]
Canoe the Lamoille River [2 hours]
Inclement weather alternative: Hike the Lake Mansfield and Clara Bow Trails in Nebraska Notch [4 miles round trip; 700 feet of elevation gain, then loss]
Day 6. Horseback ride (optional) and Hike Stowe Pinnacle
Feel free to sleep in or enjoy a leisurely horseback ride on the Edson Hill Manor trails. Late this morning we make one final ascent to Stowe Pinnacle. After passing through a field of apple trees, goldenrod and berry bushes, the path climbs steadily through a forest of maple and pine. Superb views of Stowe Village below and Mt. Mansfield high to the northwest are had from the barren boulders of this modest summit
Our reward for a fabulous six days of hiking is a stop in Waterbury at Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Vermont's leading tourist attraction. After a brief video and tour of the factory, we treat ourselves to a "Cherry Garcia" or a "Chunky Monkey".
Our tour ends at approximately 4:30 back at the Clarion Hotel in Burlington with fond farewells and hopes that we'll see you again soon on another The World Outdoors adventure.
Ride horseback on the trails at Edson Hill Manor [optional]
Hike Stowe Pinnacle [2.8 miles round trip; 1500 feet of elevation gain, then loss]
Shuttle from Stowe to Burlington [one hour plus a visit to Ben and Jerry's Factory]
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* Best suited for ages 8 and older. Ages 8-18 receive a 15% discount, youths getting this discount must share a room with a full paying adult. Solo Traveler trips minimum age is 21.
** Rooms are based on double occupancy. You can opt to have your own room and pay our Single Room Supplement fee. With reservations 90 days or more in advance, you can book just one person and pay the regular rate if you will share a room.
All trips require a minimum of 4 people for the trip to run and the trip maximum is 12.
Trip Fees Include:
All meals (Day 1 lunch-Day 6 lunch), accommodations (double occupancy), T-shirt, water bottle, state park fees, parking fees and tolls, cultural tours, canoes/kayaks and all necessary equipment, optional horseback ride, support vehicle, and professional guides.
Trip Fees Exclude:
Airfare, pre-and post-trip accommodations, personal insurance, miscellaneous hotel expenses (phone, fax, laundry, etc.), alcoholic beverages, services not specified in the tour itinerary, and guide gratuities (An appropriate gratuity to each trip leader is $75-$100 per guest).
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Special Requests + What to Bring:
If you have any special dietary needs or any special request that will make your trip more enjoyable, please be sure to notify your Trip Consultant or travel agent after booking. One of our trip consultants will be contacting you to go over options and the details with you.
The World Outdoors will provide you with extensive pre-departure information, including your reservation payment receipt and confirmation, travel insurance application, suggestions for preparing for your trip, a packing list, information on pre- and post-trip arrangements, a guest questionnaire and a liability release agreement.
General Information, Questions & Answers
What type of weather should I expect?
The average daytime highs in Stowe, Vermont and Bretton Woods, New Hampshire in late September/early October are 60-65ºF and the average nighttime lows are 35-45ºF. The weather can be considerably colder, windier and cloudier on the surrounding mountain peaks, particularly on our hikes to Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Washington and Mt. Mansfield. Poor visibility, wet conditions or cold and wind may cause us to do alternative activities. Plan to dress appropriately in layers (with hat, gloves and raingear available) for all of the high elevation hikes.
How difficult is this trip?
This trip is rated as moderate. It is intended for the more active adult comfortable with 4-6 hours of activity per day. The distances are not particularly long but many of the hikes involve significant elevation gains, often at the rate of 1,000 feet per mile or more. Good aerobic conditioning will be necessary to enjoy these hikes to the fullest. Some hikes involve scrambling over boulders and hiking across bedrock. Extra caution should be exercised if conditions are wet.
Special Family Values
Young people, ages eight through 18, receive a 15% discount on this trip. This applies to camping trips when accompanied by one full paying adult and inn trips when sharing a room with one full paying adult. Though children eight years and older are welcome on this tour, please see our itinerary above and make sure your child can handle the level of physical activity on this trip. Call us to discuss the suitability of a particular tour.
Families are welcome on all open departures except solo traveler adventures.
If you're traveling on your own and want to share the experience with other solo travelers, we've set aside special departures for many of our trips. Itineraries are identical to our those of our open trips but, because these departures are composed entirely of independent travelers, there's a unique, fun dimension to the group dynamic. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome on all of our open departures as well, where often half of our guests are traveling alone.
Meeting Place & Time
9:00 a.m., Doubletree Burlington Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, Burlington, Vermont, 802-658-0250. We recommend that you have breakfast before the start of the tour and wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.
Please see our directions and driving times in the upper right hand corner to get additional directions.
Gateway City Transfer:
From Burlington International Airport - The airport is within a 10-minute taxi ride of all Burlington hotels with taxi service available outside the exit from the terminal building. Some hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.
4:30 p.m., Doubletree Burlington Hotel, Burlington, Vermont. Airline departures should be scheduled no earlier than Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
How do I book airfare for this trip?
Once you have booked your reservation, Sherry will contact you to help arrange your air. You can also call James TravelPoints, a local travel agency, at 800-538-7461 and ask for Georgia (ext 251) or Di (ext 252) or email GeorgiaT@travelpoints.com or DianeJ@travelpoints.com. Be sure to tell her you are traveling with The World Outdoors. Alternatively, you are welcome to book your airfare online, directly with the airline or through your personal travel agent.
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If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing. We calculate your refund from the day we receive written notice of your cancellation. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early from a trip.
Number of Days Prior to Trip Departure
|90 days or more
||$100 per person
|89 to 60 days
||50% of total price per person
|59 to 30 days
||75% of total price per person
|29 to 0 days
||100% of total price per person
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Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights
A maximum 7:1 guide-to-guest ratio
hike (5 days)
horseback ride (optional)
canoe (1/2 day)
cultural stops and tours
Pre & Post Trip Accommodations:
The World Outdoors recommends the following hotels in Burlington if you arrive before or stay after your trip. These trips are during the high season and rates are higher as a result. Also, lodging books up fast in Burlington in the fall foliage season so we recommend you reserve your lodging early.
1117 Williston Road. Free airport shuttle. Indoor
pool, spa and fitness center. This hotel is the departure and return location for the tour.
Burlington Redstone 802-862-0508,
497 South Willard Street. B&B. 1906 redstone mansion.
Comfort Inn 802-865-3400,
1285 Williston Road. Includes continental breakfast. Fitness room. Outdoor heated pool.
Holiday Inn 802-863-6363 or 800-465-4329,
1068 Williston Road. Heated indoor and outdoor pools, sauna,
Howard Street Guest House 802-864-4668,
153 Howard Street. B&B. Detached carriage barn.
Lang House 802-652-2500 or 802-877-9799,
360 MainStreet. B&B. 1881 Victorian.
Sheraton Hotel and Conference 802-865-6600,
870 Williston Road. Whirlpool/hot tub.
Willard Street Inn 802-651-8710 or 800-577-8712,
349 South Willard Street. B&B. Brick mansion built in 1880s. Located near the University of Vermont.
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