Trails at the Top of VT/Jay Peak Region

Hiking, Biking, Skiing and Snowmobiling Trails

The Jay Peak is a region known for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine wilderness, and extensive trail systems that offer outdoor enthusiasts a year-round playground. Whether you’re a hiker, skier, cyclist, or snowmobiler, Northern Vermont’s trails have something to offer everyone. This blog will take you on a journey through the seasonal beauty, difficulty levels, and the equipment you’ll need to fully enjoy the trails in this picturesque part of the Green Mountain State.

Winter Wonderland: Skiing and Snowmobiling

Skiing at Jay Peak Resort.

Northern Vermont is a skiing haven with  the area’s only four season Jay Peak Resort.  The area offers numerous cross-country and backcountry trails, making it a paradise for skiers of all levels. From groomed trails for beginners to challenging terrain for experts, there’s something for everyone. Be prepared with the following equipment:

  • Skis, poles, and bindings-
  • Appropriate ski attire including waterproof clothing, gloves, and goggles
  • Avalanche safety gear for backcountry skiing

You can purchase or rent equipment  at Jay Peak Resort or The Snow Job in Jay.

Snowmobiling Trails:

The vast network of snowmobile trails in Northern Vermont ensures that thrill-seekers can explore the region’s winter wonderland. You’ll need:

  • A snowmobile with proper registration and insurance
  • Warm clothing and helmets
  • Maps or GPS for navigation
  • Respect for trail conditions and safety regulations

Spring Awakening: Hiking and Biking

Hiking Trails:

As the snow melts and the landscape transforms, hiking becomes a popular activity in Northern Vermont. From the Long Trail to the Jay Recreational Trails, the region boasts an array of hiking options. Consider the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Layers of clothing, including waterproof gear
  • A backpack with essentials like water, snacks, and a first-aid kit
  • Maps and compass or a GPS device

Shop The Snow Job for outdoor apparel and hiking equipment.


Spring also signals the start of the mountain biking season. Northern Vermont offers a range of trails for all skill levels, from leisurely rides to adrenaline-pumping downhill tracks. Bring along:

  • A mountain bike suited for the terrain
  • A well-fitted helmet and protective gear
  • Repair tools and a spare tire tube
  • Water and snacks for longer rides

Summer Bliss: Hiking and Biking


Summer in Northern Vermont means lush forests, wildflowers, and clear skies. Hiking trails, both in the mountains and lowlands, beckon nature lovers. Your equipment list should include:

  • Breathable, moisture-wicking clothing
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent


During the summer, Northern Vermont’s biking trails offer scenic rides through dense forests and past serene lakes. Don’t forget:

  • A bike with the appropriate tires for the terrain
  • Comfortable cycling attire
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • A bike lock for pit stops

Fall Foliage: Hiking and Biking


Fall in Vermont is famous for its stunning foliage. Hikers can explore the region’s colorful forests along scenic trails. Essential gear includes:

  • Layered clothing to adapt to changing temperatures
  • Sturdy boots with good traction
  • A camera to capture the vibrant fall colors
  • A bear canister if hiking in bear country


Crisp autumn air and vibrant foliage make fall biking a memorable experience. Prepare with:

  • A mountain or road bike suitable for the season
  • Warm and moisture-wicking clothing
  • Gloves for cooler temperatures
  • Bike lights for earlier sunsets

The Top of VT trail systems offer year-round adventure, each season painting a unique portrait of the region’s natural beauty. Whether you’re skiing down powdery slopes in winter, hiking amid spring wildflowers, biking along lush summer trails, or witnessing the stunning fall foliage, Northern Vermont’s trails provide something special for everyone. With the right equipment and preparation, you can make the most of the area’s diverse outdoor experiences and create lasting memories in this northern paradise. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the wonders of Northern Vermont throughout the seasons.

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