Requests for Pinnacle Trail Hikers

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.

  • Groups of 15 or more are asked to contact Tony Coven at 802-387‐6650.
  • Large groups are encouraged to break into groups of 4‐8 while hiking to allow hikers to experience the many wonders that Pinnacle has to offer.
  • Please observe a strict low‐impact, carry‐in/carry out, leave‐no‐trace policy.
  • An outdoor fire is permitted upon request only at the Pinnacle summit, with prior authorization from Westminster Town Fire Warden Cole Streeter, 802‐722‐3178. Please carry in your own firewood.

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!

Annual West Hill Grinder, Sunday September 23
Accessibility Day

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, March 9, 2024, 10 a.m.-noon: Animal Tracking Walk

**Spaces for this event are full, but you can request to be added to the waiting list by emailing [email protected].** Naturalist Martha Mitchell will lead an animal tracking walk on Pinnacle lands. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church Street. If snow or soil conditions are not ideal for tracks, Martha will discuss other animal signs and how soils, geology, and vegetation all affect wildlife populations.

Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 4 p.m.: Annual Meeting

Join us at the Congregational Church of Westminster West on April 20 for our annual meeting. All are welcome. Our featured speaker will be Roger Haydock, a former WHPA board member who has designed and built many Pinnacle trails. Roger will share a photo slideshow from one of his latest trail projects. We'll also present the annual Volunteer of the Year award to recognize one of our many dedicated volunteers.

Highlights from Past Events

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, 10 a.m.-noon: Bald Hill Hike

Vanessa Stern, a former WHPA board member, will lead an autumn walk on Bald Hill along the gorgeous Saxtons River. The 55-acre Bald Hill Reserve (conserved by WHPA) and the adjacent Bellows Falls Union High School Forest and Basin Farm trails total over 300 acres. RSVP to Vanessa Stern by email or call 802-376-4763. Please wear good hiking footwear and bring water. We'll meet at the 232 Covered Bridge Road kiosk in Westminster, VT.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, 12:30-4 p.m.: Athens Dome Hike

Board member Camilla Roberts will lead a fall hike on Athens Dome to explore the historic soapstone quarries complex, including several quarries, cellar holes for the workers and draft animals, the infamous “yellow boarding house,” and the pitsaw to prep slabs for transport to Cambridgeport. Meet at the Athens Town Office in Athens, VT, at 12:30 p.m. to carpool to the starting point (where parking is limited). Bring water, snacks, and good hiking footwear. Weather dependent. Email Camilla Roberts to register, or call her at 802-869-1388.