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Burke Mountain
Burke, VT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Red Trail
Looking up the Red Trail

Route: Red Trail, West Peak Trail, Summit Trail, ski trails, (Burke Mountain), Summit Trail, ski trails

Red Trail was in nice shape with good footing and some nice wild flowers. The Blue Trail is a little bit more rugged, but otherwise nice, with some decent ledge views. Unfortunately the top of it, at West Peak where there is a leanto, is littered with empties. There was too much for us to even consider trying to pick up and pack out.

We then dropped down the ski trails and took them up to the top of the ski area and around the access road to the fire tower. If you don't like heights, you won't like this tower. Otherwise, it provides superb views, especially of the Whites.

In the interest of time, we beelined down the ski trails, which were mostly bare but a little moist in places from scattered showers today.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Burke Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,800'
Destination: Burke Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:26
Trailhead Elevation: 1,170'
Summit Elevation: 3,267'
Vertical Gain: 2,227'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,227'

The Red Trail trailhead at the lowest ski area parking lot
The Red Trail trailhead at the lowest ski area parking lot

Looking east at Umpire Mountain from the fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking east at Umpire Mountain from the fire tower

Topographic map of Burke Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 23. Take a right onto US 5 through Lyndonville for 2 miles. Bear right onto Route 114 for 4 miles through East Burke Village and take a right onto Mountain Road. The Sherburne Base Lodge entrance road will be on the right shortly thereafter. The Red Trail starts at the back of the lowest parking lot.

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