Not too far north of the Highland Lodge sits the looming peak of Mount Pisgah, one of Vermont’s most iconic mountains best known for its location along the crystal clear water of Lake Willoughby. With a half-mile high summit and a breathtaking view of the lake below, Mount Pisgah is a serene escape into the natural side of the world that offers hiking opportunities on its three trails and three outlooks. When you see Mount Pisgah, you can imagine the hike isn’t all that easy. Pisgah is a colossus on the shores of Lake Willoughby, cradled between Pisgah and her smaller sibling, Mount Hor. They’re intimidating, but get to know them and they won’t let you down; reach the summit and the breathtaking view will never be forgotten.
The loop hike over the summit is a moderate hike via South Trail and North Trail. As you ascend South Trail, keep your eye out for three outlooks and eventually Pulpit Rock that offers a view from about 500 feet directly above Lake Willoughby. Admire the view of Mount Hor across the lake but don’t get too close to the edge; if you take notice during your hike, most of the North Trail is running parallel to the steep western cliffside of Mount Pisgah almost the whole way to the summit. After Pulpit Rock, hike for another mile before you reach the summit, a ledge at 2,751 feet with views of endless wilderness and mountain peaks in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec.
Descend using the North Trail and follow signs for the East and North Outlooks when you see them to enjoy the additional vistas of Pisgah. Pass by the East Trail marker and descend further down the North Trail to the end at Route 5A. A relaxing 3-mile walk will bring you back to your car at the South Trailhead. Time to return to the Highland Lodge and kick your feet up.
Visit the Northeast Kingdom website for more information on Mount Pisgah and directions.
Mount Pisgah South Trail
Westmore, VT 05860