In order to foster habitat conservation, watershed integrity, education and the enduring connection of people to the natural world, we acquire and provide access to lands along the Windmill Hill Ridgeline and nearby areas.
Late-season snow may be on the ground right now, but before you know it, the mud will be back. Just as roads get chewed up when they are used in mud season, trails suffer, too.
Hiking and biking in mud season compact the soil, prevent the natural cover from germinating, and disrupt the drainage needed to keep the trails dry during the rest of the year. Walking around the muddy spots doesn't help – it just ends up making the mud patch bigger and the de-vegetated track wider.
So, please resist the urge to go hiking or biking on Pinnacle Trails during mud season. With luck, and favorable spring weather, the trails will soon be dry enough to enjoy. Thank you!
Whether you walk in our woods regularly or have never experienced their quiet and varied beauty, the Pinnacle Association invites you to enjoy them and to introduce our woods and trails to someone new to them. Please visit Trails & Maps for entry points and maps to discover WHPA’s everlasting gift of nature to you. Best wishes for a year filled with nature’s wonders.
The Pinnacle is the highest and most scenic peak (+/-1683 feet) in Westminster, Vermont. It is located on the Windmill Ridge, straddling the Brookline/Westminster line. The view from the Pinnacle overlooks Hedgehog Gulf in Brookline and westward to Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain, over 20 miles away.
The dream of conserving the Pinnacle developed as a use of the Jamie Latham Memorial Fund, established in November 1991 to honor a young man who had loved this beautiful spot. From this beginning, the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association was formed. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that has expanded its land-conservation efforts, linked and extended trail systems, inspired dedicated volunteers, and fostered effective partnerships.
Pinnacle lands — with the inclusion of additions in the Bald Hill and Athens Dome areas — now consist of 1,938 +/- acres in Rockingham, Athens, Grafton, Brookline, and Westminster. These publicly-accessible lands include a 25-mile hiking trail system and wildlife sanctuary.
We invite you to experience these beautiful places, help us protect these special habitats, and introduce these lands to others through our recreational and educational programs. As you investigate our website and learn more, we hope you will become an ardent supporter of the Pinnacle Association and our important conservation work.