Snake Mountain

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Snake Mountain is a great hiking location just south of Addison Four Corners off of Route 2 A in Addison, Vermont about 24 miles south of Burlington. It is about 800 feet vertical and offers spectacular views of the Champlain Valley westward across Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains. This property is now owned by the state of Vermont but it is not maintained as a State Park. It is a remote hiking site. The trailhead is located at the end of Willmarth Road which is a dirt road off of VT Rte. 22A 3 miles 3 miles south of Addison Four Corners. Parking is 500 yards north of the trailhead on Mountain Road. The trail head is not marked so you have to keep a sharp eye out for it. The mountain features a set of steep cliffs on its western face that are a great site for paragliding (at least a Para 2 rating is recommended.) and viewing the valley below. But it is a long way to the landing zone from the launch so it is recommended that you visit the site with a pilot familiar with the site the first time. See Parafly Paragliding for expert paragliding advice. Paragliding at this site is prohibited and hikers should exercise caution not to disturb nesting peregrine falcons on the cliff face in the spring. In the 1890s there was a hotel at the top with an observation tower. Both subsequently burned. Follow the old carriage road to the top. The climb is somewhat strenuous. Allow 3 hours for the round trip. There is no street address for this site, no web site and no phone number. It is remote and uncontrolled. Climb at your own risk.

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