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No Pain, All Gain Hiking (Mount Pisgah South Trail)

The weather is a little different these days, no more hikes in the sunshine with 80 degree temperatures, but the payoff is some gorgeous fall color!

This week, we joined some folks from the Green Mountain Club in Orleans County, for one of their favorite, easy hikes. Some might say there is nothing more striking than the scenery around Lake Willoughby, with the sharp cliffs of the surrounding mountains plunging straight down into the cool waters. But there is another angle to see all of this, if you take a one mile hike up the Mount Pisgah South Trail to Pulpit Rock.

It begins with a board walk through a swampy area, and continues into the woods and up along the cliffs. This is where it became clear to me that "No Pain, All Gain" is all in the eye of the beholder. Until now, we have hiked trails that would be a pleasant stroll for the out of shape, little kids, and the elderly.

But Jean Haigh is not your typical 72 year old elderly woman.....let's put it this way, ...She dusted us! She did occasionally wait for us to catch up, ...But she dusted us.

"I love the woods. I love the Northeast Kingdom. The trails are beautiful, you are away from the maddening crowd, and it's just been part of my life."

This is a rocky climb, and the trail comes dangerously close to some perilous drop offs. It would not be a place to let a dog or a small child run free!

Once we reached the turnoff for Pulpit Rock, we were in the fog. For some, like me, it's a little intimidating to look down off Pulpit Rock at Lake Willoughby far, far below with it's tiny dot boats.  But for the brave, it's a view you won't soon forget.




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