In order to foster habitat conservation, watershed integrity, education and the enduring connection of people to the natural world, we acquire and provide access to lands along the Windmill Hill Ridgeline and nearby areas.
There are different hunting seasons from September 1-December 31.
For safety’s sake, it’s best to wear fluorescent hunter’s orange while hiking,
and to avoid hiking either very early or late in the day when the light is poorer.
At the October Walk to the Windmill, a unique joint program by WHPA and the Putney Mountain Association, volunteer guides led hikers from different starting points along established trails that converged upon the site of the ancient windmill that inspired the names for Windmill Mountain, Windmill Hill, Windmill Ridge, and the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association.
The September 9 ceremony featured details about the land gift and the trail’s design and construction. Read more here.
Read more here about the grant.
May you share the beauty of nature, a continued wonder at its intricacies,
and the joy of discoveries large and small with friends old and new.
And may the pleasures of Pinnacle paths beckon you and those you love now and throughout the new year.
The Pinnacle is the highest and most scenic peak (+/-1683 feet) in Westminster, Vermont. It is located on the Windmill Ridge, straddling the Brookline/Westminster line. The view from the Pinnacle overlooks Hedgehog Gulf in Brookline and westward to Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain, over 20 miles away.
The dream of conserving the Pinnacle developed as a use of the Jamie Latham Memorial Fund, established in November 1991 to honor a young man who had loved this beautiful spot. From this beginning, the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association was formed. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that has expanded its land-conservation efforts, linked and extended trail systems, inspired dedicated volunteers, and fostered effective partnerships.
Pinnacle lands — with the inclusion of additions in the Bald Hill and Athens Dome areas — now consist of 2,100 +/- acres in Rockingham, Athens, Grafton, Brookline, and Westminster. These publicly-accessible lands include a 26-mile hiking trail system and wildlife sanctuary.
We invite you to experience these beautiful places, help us protect these special habitats, and introduce these lands to others through our recreational and educational programs. As you investigate our website and learn more, we hope you will become an ardent supporter of the Pinnacle Association and our important conservation work.