Last Monday I took Steeler on a hike up to Taylor Lodge via the Nebraska Notch Trail. This 1.8 mile trail is another one of my favorite hikes in the Stowe, VT area.
Whenever I hike this trail I start from the overnight parking area off of Nebraska Valley Road. There is a second parking area a little closer, but I enjoy the extra couple of tenths of a mile walk alongside the road. Once you reach the main trail it is flat and wide.
However, it quickly turns into a rocky hill climb.
Steeler on the rocky uphill
At about 3/4 of a mile uphill the trail turns right and runs parallel to a small stream that cascades down a series of rocky cliffs.
Immediately after the view of the water falls, the trail bears left and climbs up into a clearing. After entering the clearing, the trail runs alongside a large beaver pond with great views of the backside on Mt. Mansfield.
Beaver Pond and Mt Mansfield
After leaving the beaver pond area, and with another short ascent, you reach Taylor Lodge. Taylor Lodge was built in 1978 and was named after James P. Taylor, the founder of the Green Mountain Club.
The Lodge has an enclosed bunk space with room for 15 people and an open “front porch” for weary hikers to rest while they travel north, or south, on The Long Trail. (The Long Trail is Vermont 270 mile footpath in the Green Mountains that starts at that the Massachusetts/Vermont line and ends at the Canadian Border. The Green Mountain Club built and maintains the Long Trail)
View from the porch on Taylor Lodge
After a quick break at the Lodge, Steeler’s puppy energy was recharged and it was time to head back to the car.
Where the Nebraska Notch Trail meets the Long Trail
The descent was much faster, but a little tricky as the rocks were still wet from the rain the night before.
Steeler wants to go.
The total mileage for this hike is about 3.8 miles with a total travel time of 2 hours due to the incline.
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