As Pinnacle lands—the Holden Trail in particular—become a more popular destination for schools and other large groups, we ask hikers to follow the guidelines below. By controlling the number of people on the trail at the same time, we hope to enable all visitors to experience the beauty and serenity of our natural world.
Visit Trails & Maps to learn about the Pinnacle’s 26-mile trails system.
Please remember that trail conditions may be slippery. Avoid staying out too long or relying on cell phones, which may not always work.
Our free maps and programs are a great way to introduce Pinnacle lands to friends, relatives, or neighbors. Your personal touch can make all the difference in opening up a new world of wonder and delight to nature lovers from near and far.
This website is the best place to check for news, upcoming events, and other information. Please send your trail photos, hiking tidbits, or trail challenges to [email protected] so we can know what’s happening on Pinnacle lands and where we need to make improvements.
May you enjoy every lovely moment on our trails!
September 2022: Annual West Hill Grinder.
West Hill Shop and High Meadows Farm in Putney, Vt., host an annual bike ride that includes Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association trails. The event is a fundraiser for WHPA and includes several routes of various difficulties. Stay tuned for more details from West Hill Shop.
Sat., Oct. 22, 2022: Bald Hill Hike. 1-3 p.m.
Vanessa Stern, former member of the WHPA Board, will lead a riverside walk along the gorgeous Saxtons River. More details to be announced.
Sat., May 7, 2022: WHPA Annual Meeting. 4 p.m.
If you missed our annual meeting, you can watch the video below:
All WHPA members and supporters are invited to attend our annual meeting on Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m., held online via Zoom. Board president Silos Roberts will share news and updates on our conservation work and present the Volunteer of the Year award. Our featured speaker will be Robert Zaino, State Lands Ecologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
Bob Zaino has been working with the department since 2008. He holds a master’s degree from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. As the department’s state lands ecologist, Bob is responsible for the inventory, assessment, and monitoring of natural communities and important ecological features. Bob also works statewide on lands owned and managed by the agency of natural resources, including wildlife management areas (WMAs), State Forests, and State Parks. Bob is also charged with collaborating with other state lands managers to protect and enhance significant ecological features and work on the development of the state lands long-range management plan. During his time off, Bob enjoys fly-fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, and backcountry skiing.
Sun., May 1, 2022: Spring Wildflower Walk. 11 a.m.
Lisa Merton and Libby Mills will lead this spring wildflower walk, which is limited to 12 people. To register, call Lisa Merton at 802-387-6629. Wear sturdy footwear and meet at the Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church Street. Rain or shine.
Sat., March 5, 2022: Tracks and Trees with Lynn Levine. 1-3:30 p.m.
Meet outside the Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Participants will learn to think like the animals they are tracking and connect with the forested landscape. Also, Lynn will give tips on identifying trees in the winter. Participants should dress very warmly for the outdoors and bring snowshoes.
For decades, Lynn has been an environmental educator, a tracker, and a consulting forester. She has written six books about the forest. Lynn has taken thousands of people into the woods. All workshop participants will be provided with their own copy of Lynn's book, Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide. Participants must be fully vaccinated. Masks required.
Sun., Nov. 7, 2021: Bald Hill Hike. 1-3 p.m.
Meet at the Covered Bridge Road kiosk in Westminster for a woodland hike. We will walk to Twin Falls and other picturesque sights. RSVP to Vanessa Stern, 802-463-4948 or by email, and please include your phone number in case plans change due to weather. Don't forget to check your watch, because Daylight Savings ends on Nov. 7 this year.
Sun., Oct. 24, 2021: Athens Dome Loop Walk. 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Meet at the end of Turner Hill Road in Grafton at 12:30. Bring water and snacks, good hiking footwear. Weather dependent. Email Camilla Roberts to register, or call her at 802-869-1388.
This loop is an estimated 4 miles, from Turner Hill in Grafton. It starts and ends at the Turner Hill old homestead area. We start up the Bear Hill trail (steep) then head east on the Pinnacle Athens Dome trail, through varied woods including the spruce swamp area in the more remote area of Athens Dome, along an outcrop of the oldest geologic rock with Umbillicarium (Tripe) lichen, to old Kidder Hill Road. We turn south there to the height of the road and site of the legendary “Yellow House," then follow an old woods road west from there back to the Turner Hill homestead area. This is a long and beautiful fall walk after the leaves have fallen, to be able to see deeply into the forested terrain, no bugs, and cooler temperatures.
Sat., Oct. 16, 2021: Accessibility Day. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Accessibility Day is an opportunity for people who have difficulty walking to get a vehicle ride to a beautiful site on the Pinnacle ridgeline for lunch.
Meet at the Old Athens Road turnaround in Westminster West, Vt., at 10:30 a.m. Because of the popularity of this free program, and the need for 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles, advance registration is required for a ride from the turnaround to the ridgeline site. To register, please call Tony Coven at 802-387-6650. Bring water and a bag lunch, and dress for chilly weather. Masks are required for the car rides.