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Gile Mountain
Norwich, VT

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

Route: Gile Mountain Tower Trail

Fantastic views with relatively minimal effort. Not too far from the Lebanon/Hanover area. There are also some mountain biking trails to the summit.

Trail was generally packed snow on top of black and blue ice. I barebooted uphill without much issue, however I used Microspikes for the entire descent, as there was enough ice (and snowcover to not wear them down) to justify it.

Very impressive rock steps and waterbars being built above the powerline crossing. Quick possibly the fanciest I've seen on a hiking trail - smooth, cut stone with crushed rock around it. Will need to check it out when the snow is melted to see it all. To paraphrase MacArthur, "I'll be back."


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,460'
Destination: Gile Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 1,460'
Summit Elevation: 1,873'
Vertical Gain: 413'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 413'


The Gile Mountain Tower Trail trailhead
The Gile Mountain Tower Trail trailhead

Looking northeast at Mt. Moosilauke and the White Mountains from the Gile Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast at Mt. Moosilauke and the White Mountains from the Gile Mountain fire tower

Topographic map of Gile Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Exit 13 of I-91, take US 5 North into Norwich, continuing straight into the village (while US 5 turns right). Soon thereafter, take a left onto Turnpike Road. Turnpike Road eventually turns to dirt and will pass under high tension lines. The Gile Mountain Tower Trail parking lot and trailhead will eventually be on the left.

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