Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center
Trail names and descriptions are below, along with a printable trail map. Sucker Brook Trail is part of the Catamount Trail, a fully conserved, well maintained public-access ski trail that spans the length of Vermont.
Blueberry Hill operates on a donation only basis. All funds go directly to cost of operation and help us continue to maintain trails for all to use. Not able to donate at this time? No problem, the trails are open for you and all to enjoy. A suggested donation is $10 per visit. We also have Blueberry Hill Outdoor Club memberships that support trail maintenance and outdoor education.
The Moosalamoo Association offers an interactive map of the area, along with downloadable maps for offline use. Blueberry Hill’s 50km of trails, listed below, are a treasure in in Vermont's Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest.
Beginner’s Loop is a great place to start for your first time out. From the lodge, pick your way across the field to the northeast corner and enter the woods at the trail sign. Once you’ve made it this far there are no downhills until just before you reach the Inn. By that time you’ve skied almost 3 miles (4.7km) and so you’re not a beginner anymore!
Follow the numbers on the Map: 2 – 4 – 23 – 3 – 1
Elsie’s Loop is a natural progression from the Beginner’s Loop. Turn RIGHT at the sign (#4), then continue straight for about 150 yards – make sure to follow the trail as it takes a sharp (90°) turn to the right. There are a few hills and you will cross a New Bridge over Dutton Brook and up a hill to the Dutton Brook Road where the trail continues Left. Remember you have more time to think going up hill than down it. Look for cellar holes between #6 and #8to the west. They are left over from the Goshen’s bustling lumber milling days when the population was 600. Current population is 180. This trail takes you directly away from the ski center, and it’s a big loop. Don’t let yourself by martyred into doing the entire thing, if you’re not up to the 3 hour tour try aiming for the #8 Intersection Marker and turn around there.
Follow the numbers on the Map: 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 18 – 37 – 35 – 9 – 5 – 1
Moosalamoo Trail covers nice gradual terrain, and leads right to the Forest Service Moosalamoo Campground. Moosalamoo is an Abenaki word meaning “the moose departs”, or “he trails the moose”. Once you enter the campground the trail is very wide because it is an unplowed Forest Road (#24). You can go around the little campground circle as seen on the map depicting the campfire symbol. Brush off a picnic table and sit down to eat your Blueberry Hill Cookies. If you’ve skied all the way from the inn – it’s about time for a snack. To fulfill your reason for skiing this far, continue down the Voter Brook Overlook Road (#24B), past #22 for another 2 kilometers for the best view in center Vermont. The road leads to a little parking lot. Continue straight along a little path to the overlook of the whole Lake Dunmore Valley. You’ll know you’re there when you can’t go any farther. This trip is quite long but the terrain is fairly easy. Anyone in excellent shape who is fairly steady on their skis should enjoy it.
Follow the numbers on the Map from the Ski Center: 1 – 5 – 9- 35 – 37 – 39 – 41 – 39 – 37 – 35-
#43 to #41
#43 to #41 is part of the Catamount Trail; a 260-mile journey the length of Vermont designed to be traveled on skis as it links many of the fine ski centers in the Green Mountains. Look around at the forest here for an excellent example of selective logging.
Horseshoe Trail is named after the horseshoe-shaped ridge that borders it and takes you to the Goshen Dam / Sugar Hill Reservoir. This trail is very nice. There are some fun hills in this section; look ahead and practice your racing tuck. The Sucker Brook joins you as you near the dam; stop for a second and listen to it. When you reach #39 brave the wind and follow the trail up along the top of the dam. As you cross, think about the men and horses that built it in the 1920’s. The Sugar Hill Reservoir provides water to the town of Brandon. In the summer it is home to loons, mergansers, black ducks, mallards, and wood ducks.
Lee Todd Trail
Lee Todd Trail is absolutely beautiful. From #29 to #19 it climbs nicely. There are two bridges out. Lee Todd directed the Ski Center during 1974 and helped Tony with the Bear Trick and the Owl Call Trick. He lives in Washington and is a Director of the Winter Special Olympics.
Hogback Trail is the standard 4.6 km loop for every intermediate skier. Most people do this every time they come to Blueberry Hill. It has some hills as you climb away from the inn and then it contours around Hogback Mountain. There are some hiking trails that lead from the clearing up to the top. It gives one of the best views from the property looking south from the clearing. This area is burned every year to maintain the low blueberry bushes that feed the moose, deer, birds, bears, locals and inn guests during the summer. This is the site of our annual New Year’s Eve party, where we sip champagne out of paper cups around a raging bonfire.
Follow the numbers on the Map: 1 – 3 – 7 – 21 – 25 – 27 – 29 – 15 – 11 – 7 – 3 – 1
Sucker Brook Trail
Sucker Brook Trail makes a nice long (8.6 km) loop with the Stewart Trail. It’s also part of the Catamount Trail that stretches the length of Vermont. We recommend heading around counter- clockwise, so that you do most of the more difficult terrain at the beginning while you’re fresh. From #17 to #33 you might feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere as the trail winds through birch and maple trees. Look to your right for views of Romance Mountain and the Breadloaf Wilderness Area. The trail continues east and connects to the Long Trail, the oldest long-distance trail in the U.S. There’s a small shelter out at that intersection. To connect with the
Brooks Road head uphill toward #33 and you will see an opening to this wide trail. If you decide to go north on the Brooks Road, across a beautiful footbridge you will eventually come to a snowmobile trail. Take a left to #39 and the Goshen Dam or straight to Breadloaf (4 miles).
Or go the opposite direction Follow the numbers on the Map: 1 – 5 – 9 – 35 – 33 – 19 – 17 – 9 – 5 – 1
* Please note that several bridges are out on the SUCKER BROOK TRAIL.
Stewart Trail is named about Doc Stewart who owned the land bordering parts of this trail. It slowly gains elevation from #9 to #35. This is a good trail to complete the Sucker Brook loop (8.6 km) and for beginners (as an out and back trip) who have already done the Beginner’s Loop.
Beaver Dam Loop
Beaver Dam Loop is a nice destination for children. The beavers have been active over the years and the dam and their huts are still there. A short spur trail on the southern side leads to a lower pond. It’s a neat meadow with lots of dead stumps. The main trail passes by the upper pond that holds water.
Follow 1-5-9 and then second right.
Halfdan Kuhnle Trail (Romance)
Halfdan Kuhnle Trail (also known as Romance) climbs steadily from the outside of the Hogback Loop and traverses along Romance Mountain for 15 kilometers. It’s a one-way trail; ski from south to north. This is one of our longest trails; it should be started no later than 1 p.m. in the winter to be back before sunset. It’s more than a line on a map; notice there is no shortcut back if you tire partway through. Halfdan Kuhnle is a Norwegian skier currently living in New York, longtime friend of Blueberry Hill who loves long “walks” on his skis, often going off trail and exploring for hours. He helped design this trail. We recommend you do this trail with
someone who is a great skier just like you.
Follow the numbers on the Map: 1 – 3 – 7 – 21 – 25 – 31 – 33 – 35 – 9 – 5 – 1