Requests for Pinnacle Trail Hikers

As Pinnacle lands—the Holden Trail in particular—become a more popular destination for schools and other large groups, we ask hikers to follow the guidelines below. By controlling the number of people on the trail at the same time, we hope to enable all visitors to experience the beauty and serenity of our natural world.

  • Groups of 15 or more are asked to contact Tony Coven at 802-387‐6650.
  • Large groups are encouraged to break into groups of 4‐8 while hiking to allow hikers to experience the many wonders that Pinnacle has to offer.
  • Please observe a strict low‐impact, carry‐in/carry out, leave‐no‐trace policy.
  • An outdoor fire is permitted upon request only at the Pinnacle summit, with prior authorization from Westminster Town Fire Warden Cole Streeter, 802‐722‐3178. Please carry in your own firewood.

Visit Trails & Maps to learn about the Pinnacle’s 26-mile trails system.

Please remember that trail conditions may be slippery. Avoid staying out too long or relying on cell phones, which may not always work.

Our free maps and programs are a great way to introduce Pinnacle lands to friends, relatives, or neighbors. Your personal touch can make all the difference in opening up a new world of wonder and delight to nature lovers from near and far.

This website is the best place to check for news, upcoming events, and other information. Please send your trail photos, hiking tidbits, or trail challenges to [email protected] so we can know what’s happening on Pinnacle lands and where we need to make improvements.

May you enjoy every lovely moment on our trails!

Annual West Hill Grinder, Sunday September 23
Accessibility Day

New bridge on the Radford-Smith TrailThe Bridge on the Radford-Smith Trail

Upcoming Events

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October 2022, date TBA: Accessibility Day.
Accessibility Day is an opportunity for people who have difficulty walking to get a vehicle ride to a beautiful site on the Pinnacle ridgeline for a picnic lunch. Because of the popularity of this free program, and the need for 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles, advance registration is required for a ride from the turnaround to the ridgeline site. Bring water and a bag lunch, and dress for chilly weather. More details and a specific date will be announced.

Sat., Oct. 22, 2022: Bald Hill Hike. 1-3 p.m.
Vanessa Stern, a former WHPA board member, will lead a riverside walk in the Bald Hill Reserve along the gorgeous Saxtons River. More details to be announced.

Sat., Nov. 5, 2022: Athens Dome Loop Walk. Time to be announced.
Board member Camilla Roberts will lead a fall hike on Athens Dome. Bring water, snacks, and good hiking footwear. Weather dependent. Email Camilla Roberts to register, or call her at 802-869-1388.

Past Events

Sat., May 7, 2022: WHPA Annual Meeting. 4 p.m.

If you missed our annual meeting, you can watch the video below:

All WHPA members and supporters are invited to attend our annual meeting on Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m., held online via Zoom. Board president Silos Roberts will share news and updates on our conservation work and present the Volunteer of the Year award. Our featured speaker will be Robert Zaino, State Lands Ecologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

Bob Zaino has been working with the department since 2008. He holds a master’s degree from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. As the department’s state lands ecologist, Bob is responsible for the inventory, assessment, and monitoring of natural communities and important ecological features. Bob also works statewide on lands owned and managed by the agency of natural resources, including wildlife management areas (WMAs), State Forests, and State Parks. Bob is also charged with collaborating with other state lands managers to protect and enhance significant ecological features and work on the development of the state lands long-range management plan. During his time off, Bob enjoys fly-fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, and backcountry skiing.

Sun., May 1, 2022: Spring Wildflower Walk. 11 a.m.
Lisa Merton and Libby Mills will lead this spring wildflower walk, which is limited to 12 people. To register, call Lisa Merton at 802-387-6629. Wear sturdy footwear and meet at the Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church Street. Rain or shine.

Sat., March 5, 2022: Tracks and Trees with Lynn Levine. 1-3:30 p.m.
Meet outside the Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Participants will learn to think like the animals they are tracking and connect with the forested landscape. Also, Lynn will give tips on identifying trees in the winter. Participants should dress very warmly for the outdoors and bring snowshoes.

For decades, Lynn has been an environmental educator, a tracker, and a consulting forester. She has written six books about the forest. Lynn has taken thousands of people into the woods. All workshop participants will be provided with their own copy of Lynn's book, Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide. Participants must be fully vaccinated. Masks required.

Sun., Nov. 7, 2021: Bald Hill Hike. 1-3 p.m.
Meet at the Covered Bridge Road kiosk in Westminster for a woodland hike. We will walk to Twin Falls and other picturesque sights. RSVP to Vanessa Stern, 802-463-4948 or by email, and please include your phone number in case plans change due to weather. Don't forget to check your watch, because Daylight Savings ends on Nov. 7 this year.