A few weeks ago I mentioned about writing about some of my favorite places in Vermont. One of the first that comes to mind is the hike of Mount Hunger and White Rocks Mountain from the Middlesex, Vermont side.
I grew up at the foot of Mount Hunger in Middlesex, Vermont in the 60's and 70's. Thinking of it now I was truly spoiled with those two mountains constantly in our back yard.
The trail at first follows a logging road then turns off and begins to climb. There is a junction of white rocks trail to the left and the mt hunger trail to the right. My personal preference is to go up Mt. Hunger.
The trail has some muddy spots and rock but is worth the trip as about 3/4 up you loose the tree line for great views. The view from Mount Hunger are super in all directions to the south you can see the interstate snaking along and to the north mighty Mt Mansfield.
Mount Hunger is usually packed with hikers so I usually go right over the summit to the trail which comes up from Waterbury Center, VT and then take a left over to White Rocks. This mile follows the ridge and while not giving much for views flows nicely. On White Rocks there are several flat plateaus. White Rocks was leveled by one of the glaciers that came through New England many years ago.
The descent off White Rocks is a quick one and can be slick in wet weather. Total time for this trip is 3-5 hours depending on your fitness level and love of rocky surfaces.