Burnt Hill Trailhead

The Burnt Hill Trail climbs easily to a junction at 0.7 miles, and then turns to the left. The trail continues to climb easily along an old logging road for the first 1.0 mile. Then it enters the Breadloaf Wilderness and climbs more steeply to its junction with the Long Trail at 2.1 miles. Boyce Shelter is located 0.6 miles north of the junction on the Long Trail. Maximum elevation change is 1280 feet.


At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: The trailhead is in the Town of Ripton on Forest Road 59 - Food & services in Middlebury and Hancock.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

General Notes:

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics thissuch as carry out what you carry in, avoid camping near sensitvie water areas, and keep fires small and contained and never cut live trees for wood. 

Trail blazing, maintenance, and signage will be minimal in Wilderness Areas.

For Emergencies

Call 911. The trailhead is in the Town of Ripton on Forest Road 59

Food and Services

Middlebury and Hancock restaurants and fuel stations.

Maps and Guides


From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to where it intersects with Route 125. Travel east on Route 125 for 6.6 miles, and turn left onto Forest Road 59. 

From Rochester, travel north 4.0 miles on Route 100 to where it intersects with Route 125. Travel west on Route 125 for 9.1 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 59.

Parking is located at 1.1 miles, in an unmarked grassy parking lot with a sharp right hand turn. This parking lot is located on private property, please be respectful of the owners.


Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average Hike Time is 1.5 to 2 hours one way Length: 2.1 miles one way
Elevation desc Max. Elev Change 1280 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests


  Area/Length : 
2.1 miles one way

  Elevation : 
Max. Elevation Change 1280 feet