Mount Hunger Trail

Now we had time to focus on some serious hiking! We headed out on Route 108 through Mount Mansfield State Forest and over Smuggler’s Notch. This mountain pass had a dramatically different landscape and cooler climate. Here the trees were nearly all bare save for some aspens, and the road narrowed to a single lane between giant boulders. Parking the car for a moment, we stepped out into strong winds and looked up at a sheer rock face known as Elephant’s Head.

Traveling on, we arrived at the base of Mount Hunger, near the town of Waterbury. The trail was a steep, rocky out-and-back that gave us a challenge (though Sapphie could have done it three times over in the time it took us).