The North Trail in the Giant Mountain Wilderness, in Elizabethtown, Essex County, ascends 2.5 miles and about 1,2oo feet from the trailhead on State Route 9N to a 0.1-mile spur trail that ascends 150 feet to the 2,530-foot lookout point.
The lookout provides scenic views of Hurricane Mountain, the Boquet River Valley, Lake Champlain and the surrounding valley, the Green Mountains of Vermont and nearby Giant Mountain.
From the parking area, a dirt driveway leads off for a short distance before dropping into a mixed forest. The hike is easy for the first mile to a crossing of Slide Brook, where it begins to climb, but never steep.
The trail ascends 1,257′ over 2.5 miles ending atop a ridge with open views in nearly all directions. There’s a short (0.1 mile) but steep spur trail to a lookout 150 feet above.
Trailhead Directions (Map)
From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 9N, south of Keene, follow Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. Continue for 5.75 miles to the trailhead for the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area on the right (aka Zander Scott Trailhead). Park in the parking lot and begin by following the dirt road.