Vermont Hiking Trails
Appalachian Trail from Stony Brook Road to River Road (5.1 miles)
Part of a 10.8 mile section of the AT that is easily accessible in the Killington area (see AT info), the section from Stony Brook Road to River Road passes by Stony Brook Shelter before providing views of the Coolidge Range and the Ottauquechee River Valley to the south. The Ottauquechee (prounounced "AWT-ah-KWEE-che"), an Abenaki word for "swift mountain stream," is a 40-mile tributary of the Connecticut River.
The Hike: The trail immediately climbs for .8 miles to the spur trail that leads to Stony Brook Shelter (see map). There is a privy and water source near the shelter. You reach a height of land on the northern shoulder of Quimby Mountain at mile 1.9. You will cross another summit at 2.7 miles and another at 3.8 miles. You begin a bracing descent, passing views of the Ottauquechee River Valley to the south, before reaching gravel River Road at mile 5.1.
Getting There: The trailhead on Stony Brook Road is 6.2 miles west of Route 107 at a point 5.2 miles east of Pittsfield. For high clearance vehicles able to traverse Stony Brook Road when it turns into a rugged, narrow logging road, there is parking for two vehicles at the trailhead, but more parking is available about .3 miles west.
Click "View on Google Maps" for a bigger map and driving directions to 5872 Stony Brook Road which is 1.3 miles short of the trailhead.