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September 6, 2005
From the summit, a nearly 360-degree view beckons people to the edge of the stone walls surrounding the parking lot and desolate summit inn. Still intact but locked up, the inn has an air of mystery that conjours images of ole grandeur. Peering in the windows was akin to watching a scene from "Titanic," wherein the underwater view of the deteriorating ship fades into the same view of its original glory.
I hiked from the summit parking lot northeast to the Trail to Lookout Rock, which is marked as a beginner trail of .02 miles. This trail started behind the inn and went into the pine forest, where I hiked for a very long time over uneven white rocks poking out of the dark, fertile soil. Immediately, I wondered if I was following the right path. I couldn't comprehend how anyone would consider this bumpy mess a beginner trail. I also highly doubt the trail was only .02 miles, since I was hiking for at least 20 minutes.
Despite failing my expectations on these posted trail facts, the trail exceeded my expectations of a usual dull walk in the woods. The most striking thing was the powerful smell of real, fresh pine. I quickly understood why someone thought to capture the scent in car air fresheners, but it’s too bad they failed to get it right. The density of the forest was also beyond my belief; I could only see a few feet off the trail and then everything was dark. The view from Lookout Rock was also amazing. There I sat on a bench on the edge of a cliff and watched a tiny, white-steepled town change under the shadows of passing clouds. This spot is perhaps the closest thing to what it must be like to look down from heaven, a distant place enveloped in total peace, where time moves slowly in the sun, with no unnatural sounds to interrupt your thoughts and the sweet smells of nature under your nose.
$7 car and driver
$2 per passenger
$6 motorcycle and driver
$2 per passenger
(Children under 12 are free.)
Note: The toll road is open 9am to dusk, May 1st to October 31st, weather permitting.
From journal Daytripping in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest
by MtTabor Inn,Vt.
mount tabor, Vermont
September 29, 2002
From journal Fall Foliage in Southern Vermont