Hiking to Gile Mountain Fire tower
The views are spectacular with bright fall foliage staring to take shape
Yesterday, Lee Michaels and I were thinking about walking our usual route into Hanover and back but decided to choose a different route. We bounced a few ideas around , and agreed it would be nice to take a walk on the Gile mountain trail, and maybe head up to the fire tower to check out the view and the incoming foliage. We picked a beautiful clear day to venture onward and upward to the tower.
Here are some photos that we took along the way. They are teaser photos as the real foliage is just about ready to take shape. The complete trip up and back took about an hour.
Photos on top of fire tower were taken by me.
Here is some more info :
Gile Mountain in Windsor County, Vermont, sits along the border between the towns of Norwich and Sharon; its summit is in Norwich. The mountain reaches a height of 1,873 ft (571 m) above sea level. Relatively unimposing considering its height, the true summit cannot easily be seen from the surrounding territory, despite the prominent fire tower atop its summit. The tower is easily reached by taking Turnpike Road from Norwich to the parking area near its terminus. From there, the Gile Mountain trail leads west 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the summit, passing under power lines. The summit area contains an old ranger cabin, since converted to a shelter-type structure (though camping is not allowed), and the tower itself. From the top views are expansive, and on a clear day one can see Mount Ascutney to the south, the Green Mountains from Killington Peak to Mount Mansfield to the west, Mount Cardigan, Smarts Mountain, and Croydon Peakto the east, and Mount Cube and Mount Moosilauke to the northeast with many of the White Mountains beyond. Dartmouth College is also visible, about 7 miles (11 km) distant.
Gile Mountain is the type locality for the Devonian Gile Mountain Formation—interbedded quartzite and schist—which can be seen throughout northeastern Vermont.
Nice crisp beautiful day
Just a few more steps to climb to the top of the tower
One view from the top
Look at the colors starting to form