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Mt Ascutney, Windsor

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Mount Ascutney is a monadnock located in southern Vermont. With a summit elevation of about 3144 feet (958 m.), it is not the highest peak in Windsor County, Vermont; that title belongs to Gillespie Peak to the west. Particularly noteworthy about Ascutney are its granite outcrops, one of which, near its peak, serves as a launching point for hang-gliders. The mountain is very steep, and its trails traverse a Vermont state forest.The name "Ascutney" comes from the Abenaki word Ascutegnik, which was the name of a settlement near where the Sugar River meets the Connecticut River. The Abenaki name for the mountain is Cas-Cad-Nac, which means "mountain of the rocky summit".The mountain's base straddles several villages — Ascutney, Brownsville, Windsor, and West Windsor — and it is located only several miles off exit 8 on Interstate 91. The mountain itself is visible from the top of Mount Washington, seventy miles away.
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  • For $8, you can drive up to the top of Mount Ascutney (not including the .7 mile hike to the summit). The drive was fun - nice "Vermont scenic" views (including the Windsor-Cornish covered bridge over...  more »
  • A wonderful vista. We didn't have time for a hike up, but there are plenty of options. We drove to a parking lot near the summit and hiked to to top (less than one mile) where the views were wonderful...  more »
  • Enjoyable and challenging trails to hike. Hiking to the summit is worth the effort. Historical remnants of granite quarry can be found off the brownsville trail.  more »
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  • The Summit Trail was a very beautiful and easy hike, with a bit of climbing. The observation tower at the top was icing on the cake; we could see beautiful peaks in the distance and the valleys and farmland in between.
  • Beautiful hike. You can see for miles and miles. You can even see Mt. Washington from the observation tower near the summit.
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