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Mount Wilson Information

Elevation: 3,745 feet (1,141 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 200 feet (61 meters)
Location: Ripton, Vermont (Addison County)
Range: Green Mountains
Coordinates: 44°00'17" North     72°55'33" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate - For an almost 4,000 foot mountain, this hike is relatively easy-going with low inclines and a few rock scrambles. There is only one area where the hike gets steeper than it was, but it is not bad. If the weather is on your side, this hike is rather pleasant.
Features: Skyline Lodge, Long Trail, Peak Bag
Distance of highlighted hike below: 10.4 miles with Bread Loaf mountain

Mount Wilson is a 3,745 foot mountain located in Ripton, Vermont in Addison County in the famous Green Mountains. There are several ways to access the summit; Via the Skyline Pond Trail, off USFS 59 (Steam Mill Road), via the Clark Brook Trail off USFS 55, or via the Emily Proctor Trail off USFS 201.

Mount Wilson is flanked to the Southwest by Bread Loaf Mountain. Often these 2 mountains are peak-bagged together, since they are both on the New England Hundred highest hiking list.

Lists Mount Wilson are on: = A patch is available for this list
New England Hundred highest
New England Hundred highest in Winter season


Mount Wilson Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Wilson as well as Bread Loaf Mountain via the Skyline Pond Trail and Long Trail. (There are several other beginning options as you can see from the map below.)

Hike on the Skyline Pond Trail for 2.5 miles until you come to a junction with the Long Trail; here you will go left on the Long Trail. Hike for 1.2 miles until you come to a spur trail on the left for Bread Loaf Mountain. (This is at the hair-pin turn on the Long Trail). Hike roughly 0.1 miles to the summit of Bread Loaf. After enjoying the summit, to head over to Mount Wilson, go back down the spur trail getting yourself back on the Long Trail. Go left on the Long Trail (right will take you where you were before). Hike for 0.6 miles until you come to a junction with the Emily Proctor Trail. Continue along the Long Trail (NOT turning left onto the Emily Proctor Trail). Hike for roughly 0.8 miles to the summit of Mount Wilson.

To get back to the Skyline Pond Traillhead parking area, retrace your steps back the way you came.

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Click to download PDF Trail Map of Bread Loaf Mountain and Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson View Photos Top


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Parking area sign. Taken on October 30, 2014.


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Emily Proctor Shelter. Taken on October 30, 2014.


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Long Trail. Taken on October 30, 2014.


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Skyline Pond Trail. Taken on October 30, 2014.


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Skyline Pond Trail. Taken on October 30, 2014.


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Taken on October 30, 2014.


Mount Wilson Driving Directions for the Skyline Pond Traillhead Top

If you have a GPS, you can enter the intersection of Steam Mill Road and College Cross Road in Ripton, Vermont. Once you turn onto Steam Mill Road, the traillhead is ROUGHLY 3.4 miles away.

From I-93 North, take the exit for I-89 North.
Take exit 3 off I-89 North for VT-107.
Turn right off the exit onto VT-107 West.
Drive 2.8 miles and continue onto VT-12 North.
Drive 0.4 miles and turn left to stay on VT-12 North.
Drive 0.3 miles to stay onto VT-12 North.
Drive 2 miles and turn left onto Camp Brook Road.
Drive 6.1 miles and continue onto Bethel Mountain Road.
Drive 4.1 miles and turn right onto VT-100 North.
Drive 4.3 miles and turn left onto VT-125 West.
Drive 8.7 miles and turn right onto College Cross Road.
Drive 0.2 miles and turn right onto Steam Mill Road.
Drive roughly 3.4 miles to the traillhlead for the Skyline Pond Trail.


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