Silver Lake Area Trails

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A fall forest frames the crystal clear waters of Silver Lake

The Silver Lake Area Trails are in the southern portion of the Moosaloomoo Recreation Area. These trials offer a diverse selction of lowlad valleys and creeks, and upland hills. Multiple Trails are available in this area with an average hike time: ¾ - 5 hours one way with lengths of 0.6 - 8.8 miles one way.

Camping is available at the Silver Lake Area Campground

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Use restrictions: Leicester Hollow and Chandler Ridge: managed for pedestrian and mountain bike access.  Goshen: managed for pedestrian access. All trails are closed to motorized vehicle access.
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Brandon restaurants and fuel stations. For all Emergencies: 911; 911 Information: The Minnie Baker trailhead is in the Town of Leicester off Route 53. The Goshen trailhead is in the Town of Goshen off Forest Road 27.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Green Mountain National Forest - Manchester Ranger District

General Information


Leicester Hollow & Chandler Ridge Trail Parking: The Leicester Hollow Parking Area is currently closed due to a condemned bridge. Please use the Minnie Baker Trail to reach the Leicester Hollow Trail.

Minnie Baker Parking:

From Brandon, follow Route 73 east for 3.3 miles and turn left onto Route 53. Park on the right at 1.6 miles.

From Rochester, follow Route 100 south to the junction of Route 73. Take Rt. 73 west for 14.4 miles to Route 53. Park on the right at 1.6 miles.

The Minnie Baker Trail Intersects the Leicester Hollow Trail at 1.2 miles.

Goshen Trail Parking:

From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to the Junction of Route 125. Travel east on Route 125 for 6.8 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 32. Follow FR 32 for 6.8 miles, and turn right onto Silver Lake Road (Forest Road 27).

From Rochester, travel south on Route 100 to the junction of Route 73. Travel west on Route 73 for 10.3 miles. Turn right on Hathaway Road, and follow it for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Flora White Road, and follow it for 1.4 miles to a stop sign. Go straight through onto Silver Lake Road (Forest Road 27).

Follow Silver Lake Road for 2.2 miles to the parking lot at the end.

General Notes:

Highlighted Trail Information

Leicester Hollow – Chandler Ridge Loop

The Leicester Hollow Trail follows Leicester Hollow Brook and crosses it many times as it ascends easily to Silver Lake. There are many trail intersections and campsite spurs as the trail passes through the Silver Lake Recreation Area - be sure to remain on the main trail. The trail ends at the Silver Lake Trail near the dam at 4.8 miles.

Elevation change on the Leicester Hollow Trail is 470 feet.

For good views, return via the Chandler Ridge Trail, which follows a ridge with gentle grades and has views to the east and west. It meets the Leicester Hollow Trail again 0.3 miles before the parking lot, which is at 8.8 miles.

Elevation change over Chandler Ridge is 720 feet. Average hiking time for the loop is 4-5 hours.

Goshen Trail

The Goshen Trail begins at the south end of the parking lot. The trail crests a low ridge and passes under a power line. Continuing through the woods, the trail passes a trail junction, and connects with the Leicester Hollow Trail just south of Silver Lake Campground at 0.6 mile.

Average hiking time is ¾ - 1 hour. Maximum elevation change is 270 feet.


Additional Resources

Silver Lake Area Brochure and Map

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking

Multiple Trails - Average hike time: ¾ - 5 hours one way; see descriptions Length: 0.6 - 8.8 miles one way; see descriptions

Elevation desc Max. Elevation Change: 270 - 720 feet; see descriptions
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding & Camping

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Max. Elevation Change: 270 - 720 feet; see descriptions