The Stark Mountain Trail
(2.5 miles to the summit – 2,036’ of vertical gain)
This trail follows a wide, well established, “work
road” up to the summit of General Stark Mountain. It meanders up the ski trails under the Single Chair, past a large waterfall, over towards the Sunnyside Double chairlift, into what is known as the Birdland area. This hike generally takes 1 to 1.5 hours to reach the summit.
The Bunny Cut-Off Trail
This trail is slightly steeper than the Stark Moun-tain Trail and cuts 0.4 miles off of the hike to the summit. The Bunny Cut-Off Trail diverges from the main trail and then ascends the ski trail named Bunny. It rejoins the Stark Mountain Trail about 0.5 miles below the Single Chair mid-station. This intersection is just 0.2 miles downhill with the intersection with the Sunnyside Trail.
The Sunnyside Trail
This spur off of the Stark Mountain Trail slopes gently up from the Fox ski trail for 0.4 miles to the top of the Sunnyside Double Chairlift. From the summit of the lift it connects with the Long Trail. Go south (right) on the LT and you’ll head down towards the Appalachian Gap (distance 1.6 miles).
The Long Trail
The Long Trail runs south from the top of Appala-chian Gap where it intersects with the Stark Moun-tain Trail at the summit. It also connects with the Sunnyside Trail. These intersections allow hikers to make loops of varying length and difficulty on Gen. Stark Mountain. From the top of Appalachian Gap you can take the Long Trail north for 1.3 miles to Molly Stark Balcony which offers beautiful views of Camel’s Hump and Burnt Rock.
This out and back trail emanates from Jerusalem, follow the Jim Dwire Road to the trail head park-ing area. The trail begins gradually then ascends steeply through heavy forest to connect with Long Trail 0.9 miles south of the summit of Gen. Stark Mountain. Hikers can also go north on the Long Trail where it follows along the ridge skirting Sug-arbush’s ski trails before reaching the summit of Mt. Ellen, Vermont’s third-highest peak at 4,083′.
Thanks to the Stark Mountain Foundation for funding the hiking trail map project and for its support of the Mad River Glen Cooperative.
The Stark Mountain Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserve and protect the environment and ecosystem of General Stark Mountain, including its year-round recreational access and historic value, and to support programs that promote and sustain that environment for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
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