Vermont Fall Foliage Trek
- Vermont's amazing Long Trail
- Stunning fall colors
- The Green Mountain's high summits
- Farm-to-table, organic cuisine
- Unique, ecologically friendly lodging
- In-depth natural and cultural interp
- Yoga, cooking classes & cider pressing
Vermont’s bucolic farmscapes and forested mountains are famous for framing the world’s most stunning fall foliage color display. This trek combines the best of both worlds: fantastic hiking in the Green Mountains paired with fabulous, organic, farm-to-table cuisine and comfortable, rustic-chíc, New England country lodging.
Our trek follows the country’s oldest hiking trail --the Long Trail-- along the ridge of the Green Mountains and across three of Vermont’s four highest peaks. We walk between the Breadloaf Wilderness Area and Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s highest undeveloped mountain. Along the way, we traverse the famous Monroe Skyline ridge, crossing the alpine zone of Mount Abraham and Mount Ellen.
On our journey, we are accompanied by guest naturalists to help us understand the intricate ecology, geology, and wildlife of this mixed-hardwood, mountain environment. Our route avoids the tourist crowds farther north and affords spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the west, and New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the East. By hiking mid-week we also avoid the weekend crowds.
Besides the spectacular hiking, a major theme of our trek is food and well-being. To this end, we dine on exclusively organic and locally-sourced fare and our lodges are chosen for their ecological design and commitment to energy and agricultural sustainability. Every day we enjoy delicious cuisine prepared with local, organic produce, free-range meat and eggs, and fresh organic pasta and bread, all the while sampling Vermont’s world famous cheeses, ice cream, maple syrup, wine, and craft beers. We are happy to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. Our program also offers the option of daily yoga and meditation with professional instructors.
Trip Dates & Booking
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We love to customize dates for private groups!
This inn-based Vermont hiking tour starts at Metta Earth Farm in South Lincoln Vermont at 3pm on Day 1. We will enjoy an elaborate tour of the farm, which consists of acres of lush fields, pastures, and Northeastern forests surrounded by a ring of high mountains. The farm is a biodynamically oriented, organic system with grass-fed, hand milked cows; Icelandic sheep; heritage breed chickens; orchards and more. After our walking tour we will settle into our accommodations and enjoy a farm-to-table dinner while we discuss the coming days.
We begin today with optional sunrise yoga and breakfast. Today's hike takes us east and up, along the Skylight Trail, gaining the main ridge of the Green Mountains. After a rest at majestic Skylight Pond, we head north on the Long Trail and enter the Breadloaf Wilderness and its thick primordial forest. We ascend to the top of Breadloaf Mountain and enjoy lunch looking out over the Champlain Valley to the west, before descending along the headwaters of the New Haven River to Metta Earth Farm. In the afternoon we have the option to help harvest fresh, organic produce for our dinner.
We wake again today to optional yoga and breakfast. After another delicious, organic, farm-fresh breakfast we ascend through Cooley Glen to the ridgeline of Mount Grant, where we enjoy lunch on the trail. We continue north on the Long Trail through the wilderness area to Sunset Ledge: a cliff-top viewpoint offering a stunning panoramic vista of the surrounding mountains and Lake Champlain. We end our day descending to Lincoln Gap, before returning to Metta Earth Farm. Upon our return, we have the wonderful option of learning how to press apples and make cider before dinner.
Today we enjoy what many claim is the most beautiful day hike in New England. Climbing north from Lincoln Gap, we ascend through forest to the alpine zone at the summit of Mount Abe, where we enjoy 360 degree views of the Adirondacks, the Champlain Valley, and the White Mountains. After lunch, we traverse the ridge of the Green Mountains crossing through the dwarf forests of Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen before descending the single chair ski lift to the base of the world-famous Mad River Glen Ski Area! A short transfer brings us to the Mad River Barn, our cozy accommodations for the next two nights, and a delicious dinner.
The big day! After an early and hearty breakfast at the Mad River Barn, we continue north on the Long Trail from Appalachian Gap. This is our last day of hiking and the goal is the summit of Camel’s Hump --Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak! The first section of our hike ascends the Hedgehog Brook Trail to the top of Burnt Rock Mountain where we enjoy views of The Whites and Vermont’s Worcester Range. After lunch on the summit, we traverse along the west side of Mount Ethan Allen before a moderate descent to Wind Gap. After a good snack, we continue to the rocky, alpine summit of Camel’s Hump. We enjoy the beautiful, panoramic views from the top, before descending the Burrows Trail, where transport awaits to deliver us to our celebratory dinner back at the Mad River Barn.
After a hearty Vermont breakfast at Mad River Barn we are transported to Metta Earth Farm where our automobiles await. We bid our farewell to our new friends and memories, relishing in our shared experience and accomplishment.
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.
- 5 nights of accommodations at Metta Earth Farm and Mad River Barn (Lodging Details)
- Organic, farm-to-table dinners
- Breakfasts, picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- A professional, knowledgeable, certified Vermont hiking guide
- Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding from Metta Earth Farm in South Lincoln, Vermont
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.
Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
You will meet your guide and group at Metta Earth Farm in South Lincoln, Vermont at 3pm on Day 1.
Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.
This tour begins at Metta Earth Farm at 3pm on Day 1, and ends the final day after breakfast.
Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
Metta Earth Farm
Metta Earth Institute is a retreat center nestled in the lush, scenic foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. With farm to table cuisine, cozy rooms and yurts (2-4 people per "room"), and incredible access to great hiking, it's a perfect home base.
(yurts, lodge rooms)
Mad River Barn
Voted by Outside Magazine as "One of the 7 Best New Hotels in Ski Country" in 2016, this wonderful, boutique bed and breakfast with restaurant and pub is just a couple miles from some of Vermont's best hikes, situated perfectly in the iconic mountain town of Waitsfield.