Mount Pisgah - 2021

May 20th 2021
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Pisgah

Arriving at the trailhead to Mount Pisgah there is no denying how beautiful the landscape is. Mount Pisgah is located in the Willoughby state forest on the eastern side of Lake Willoughby. The glacial lake is about 5 miles long, and it takes second place for Vermont's deepest lakes at a depth of about 320 feet. The lake is pristine and the water appeared to be turquoise in color. The assent is a moderately steep incline of 2,785 feet to the top totaling about 4.1 miles out and back. The hike has beautiful rock formations along the trail that are tempting to climb.

Rock formations
Rock formations

When you arrive at the top there is an opening on the west side with a view of the White Mountains. On a clear day, Mount Washington is visible.

West view
West view

If you choose to continue to the south view, it takes you to cliff overhangs right above lake Willoughby. If you struggle with heights I would take caution being there is a straight drop down on the overlooks.

South View
South View
South View
South View

Seeing the lake from above really puts in perspective how massive the lake really is. The descent was the easiest and quickest part and also the busiest of the hike. If you plan on taking a trip to Mount Pisgah I would suggest arriving earlier in the morning to avoid tourists who tend to hike in the afternoon. Overall it was a really lovely hike, and I would hike it again.

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