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No Pain, All Gain Hiking (Owls Head)

We are continuing our quest for easy hikes with a big payoff, and this week, we are going to Owls Head in Groton.

Shawn and Sarah Keeley have been hiking for years, and it's no surprise, that 2 year old Noah has been breaking a few trails already this summer. They aren't sending him up to the top of Mount Mansfield just yet, but they have found Noah can hike, and occasionally scramble his way to the top of Owls Head. You can hike the nearly 2 mile trail from the bottom, but for shorter legs, you can drive to a parking area, and hike only the summit trail, which is just a quarter of a mile long. There are some steps, but even Noah can make it easily to the top. Once there, Shawn showed us the stone hut, and views that can't be beat!

"So, you have options, depending on what you are up for that day. Something very short, you can get up here in no time at all. Or something a little longer. So, that's nice. And yes...there's just a spectacular view. I love that you can see a little bit of Camels Hump here, and a little bit of the Green Mountain range, in addition to the surrounding Groton peaks and hills."

Sara Keeley appreciates that there is a nice spot for elderly people, who may not be able to climb the stone steps to the top. There's a picnic shelter, just down a short, flat path from the parking area, that also has a wonderful view of Kettle Pond.

"I really like that you can come up here, park your car, and the older folks who may not be able to handle the stone steps or the trail, can sit in the picnic shelter down near the parking lot and still have a really nice view of the pond, and enjoy being out in nature without having to scale a trail that they may not feel comfortable with. And then we can come up and hike and romp around, and the go back down and join them and not feel like we've left them sitting in the car. They've actually been able to get out and enjoy it a little bit too."

There's something for everyone, at Owls Head in Groton.



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