Round trip hiking distance: 3miles
Round trip driving time: 40min
The Bristol Ledges Trail is the perfect hike for when you’re looking for something short and close by, but with super sweet views. Plus, with the snow that rolled in over the weekend, some of the major hikes in the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks are getting harder to do without winter gear (however, if you’re interested, you can borrow all the gear you need from the gear room in FIC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:00). But if you’re feeling like it’s too early in the year to put on your snow boots, stick to this lower elevation hike with rewarding views. The hike is about 3 miles round trip, with ledges at the top facing out towards downtown Bristol. This is a great spot to watch the sunset; bring a picnic and some friends. There is no parking at the trailhead, so park in town (the parking lot of Shaw’s works well). From Main Street going east, turn left on Mountain Street, then the first right on Mountain Terrace. At the end of the road, look for a gate that has a sign for Bristol Ledges Trail. Happy Hiking!