"Leave No Trace
If you carried it in, please carry it out."
Your membership in the Hazen's Notch Association makes it possible for us to maintain these trails for your use.
- Thank you !"
The Hazen's Notch Association is a non-profit conservation organization located in montgomery center, vermont.
The HNA provides environmental education programs
for schools, conducts a Summer Camp for children, maintains
a network of trails for Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
and Hiking on 2,500 acres of land and serves as a local
Your membership in the Hazen's Notch Association supports our work in conservation, environmental education, recreational trails, scientific research and stewardship of natural resources.
- Thank you !
Hazen's Notch Association
Bringing People Together to Conserve Vermont's Natural
The Hazen's Notch Association maintains a network of 15 miles of trails and woods roads for hiking in Summer and Fall. These are part of a larger network of 40 miles of trails that are maintained in Winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Hazen's Notch/Jay Peak area of northern Vermont.
The trails pass through a variety of interesting habitats that include meadows, forests, orchards, and beaver ponds. Trails range from restored woods roads that have gentle to moderate grades to narrow footpaths with steep climbs. There are numerous splendid views of the Jay Mountains in addition to the incredible beauty of the wildlfowers and wildlife that one sees along the trails. Pack a lunch and water as you will find several picnic tables at popular destinations such as the Moosewood Ponds, the High Meadow, Little Rock Pond and Bear Paw Pond. Bring a camera and/or binoculars. Most of the photographs on this website were taken while walking, skiing and snowshoeing on the Hazen's Notch Association trails.
See below for information about Trail access & Parking, Suggested Hikes, Rules of Use, Travel Directions and a Locator Map.
Hikers: Please access the HNA trails
from either the HNA Welcome Center
from the High Ponds Farm or from the entrance to the Bear Paw Pond Area.
Youth Hunting Weekend 2019
is Saturday + Sunday, November 9 + 10, 2019.
For your safety please limit walking
in the Hazen's Notch Area to town roads.
Be aware that hunters may be present
even on lands posted against hunting.
HNA trails will be open to hiking
Monday through Friday Nov 11 to Nov 15.
The regular hunting season
starts at daybreak on Saturday Nov 16, 2019 and lasts 16 days, ending at sunset on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
All Trails are Closed to Hiking
And During Spring Mud Season
No Walking or Hiking
December 15, 2019 - May 23, 2020
Hikers: A 200-acre area on Burnt Mountain has been posted against trespassing by the landowner. There is no access to trails beyond the High Meadow.
Closed: Beyond the back of the High Meadow, Notch Trail, Sunset Ridge + Window Rock trails.
For more information go to:
Vermont Mud Season Hiking
Three trailhead parking areas provide access points for hiking:
Welcome Center - P1
Bear Paw Pond Area - P2
High Ponds Farm - P3
The Welcome Center is a good place to begin if you would like to obtain information before starting out on your hike. In Winter the Welcome Center is staffed from 9-5, 7 days per week. In Summer, the Center is staffed on an occasional basis. The Welcome Center also serves as the Administrative Offices of the Hazen's Notch Association.
The Bear Paw Pond Area is where most of the HNA Summer Camp activities take place. This small 110-acre, privately owned nature preserve is where you will find several Botany Trail loops. Maps and guides are available in the Trails Building located adjacent to the parking area.
The High Ponds Farm provides the greatest amount of hiking from its trailhead parking area. The High Ponds Farm is a privately owned nature preserve located in the Hazen's Notch Area of Montgomery, Vermont - 2.5 miles east of Montgomery Center. The High Ponds Farm is open to the public on a limited basis. Access is at the landowners' discretion.
Suggested Hikes on trails of the Hazen's Notch Association
The trails of the Hazen's Notch Association are on privately-owned land. Landowners have given permission for limited public access for hiking from mid-May to mid November and for cross country skiing and snowshoeing from mid December to the end of March. In Winter access all trails from the HNA Welcome Center on Route 58. For a map of the trails, go to the website: hazensnotch.org and follow the link to "Trail Map". You can print the map before leaving home or see the map on your portable device as you hike.
The High Meadow
One mile round-trip
The distance from the entrance to the High Ponds Farm to the Moosewood Ponds is only 0.25 mile, to the High Meadow only 0.5 mile. There is a very fine panorama of Jay Peak, Big Jay and Little Jay from the High Meadow. The upper or back of the meadow has a mowed "lawn" against a backdrop of tall spruce and fir trees. In the foreground and on Sugar Hill to the west are many sugar maples.
Lower Window Rock Trail to Notch Trail to the High Meadow
A 1.5-mile Loop
One can make a loop with the Notch Trail to the east and back to the parking lot via the Lower Window Rock Trail. That loop is 1.5 miles and takes not more 90 minutes, longer if enjoying the views from the meadow where there is also a picnic table. From the entrance to the High Ponds Farm, follow the Beaver Ponds Trail past the first beaver pond on your right. The next left is the Lower Window Rock Trail. Cross Flood Brook on a wooden bridge and ascend to the Notch Trail. Turn right and follow to the High Meadow. Return via the High Meadow Trail and the Beaver Ponds Trail.
High Ponds Farm to Bear Paw Pond
A 3-mile Loop
From the Welcome Center walk east on Route 58 for 1 km (.6 mile). Turn right and walk up the Rossier Road to the High Ponds Farm following the Beaver Ponds Trail. At the junction with the High Meadow Trail, stay right on the Beaver Ponds Trail, passing a picnic shelter that overlooks the Moosewood Ponds with the fine view of Burnt Mountain. Continue on the Beaver Ponds Trail over gentle switchbacks to the saddle between Sugar Hill and Rossier Hill. From there it is a moderate descent to the Old Sugar House at the junction of Beaver Ponds Trail, Sugar House Trail and Dark Entry Trail to the beautiful Coyote Meadow with views of the Jay Mountains. The adjacent Bear Paw Pond Conservation Area next to the meadow has picnic shelters and the pretty Bear Paw Pond. Continue 5 minutes further diagonally across the meadow and you will descend to Route 58, the Hazen's Notch Road. Turn right and walk a short distance to the Welcome Center. That loop is 3 miles.
A moderately strenuous half-day hike
2.4 miles each way; 1,400' vertical climb
From the entrance to the High Ponds Farm, follow the Beaver Ponds Trail to the junction with the High Meadow Trail. Turn left on the High Meadow Trail and continue to just past the wood sheds. Turn left and walk along the stonewall to the Notch Trail. Turn left on the Notch Trail and then right at the junction with the Sunset Ridge Trail. This trail is a woods road until it reaches the west-running ridge. It becomes a footpath to the main ridge where the trail turns right and continues through a stand of Mountain paper birch (Betula cordifolia) on its way to the wooded summit and to the panoramic view beyond. The view was discovered in 1989 by Rolf Anderson who created the original route and the current route.
All Trails are Closed to Hiking
And During Spring Mud Season
No Hiking or Walking
December 15, 2019 - May 23, 2020
HNA Conservation Land Management Information:
All of the trails, parking areas and lands described in the text and depicted on the maps on the pages of this website are on private land. Your ability to access these areas is at the discretion of the Hazen's Notch Association and the respective landowners. These private lands are being managed first and foremost as nature preserves. Conservation land management goals prioritize the protection of all natural resources including soils, water, animal and plant life. Recreation is limited to hiking in summer and fall and to skiing and snowshoeing in winter. The HNA will restrict recreation access if necessary to minimize threats to natural resources and other human impacts on these lands.
Please observe all trail and area use rules. They are posted at the trail access parking areas and on signs along the trails. Fires, camping, motorized vehicles, swimming and fishing are not allowed.
Dogs must be on a short leash at all times. In addition to minimizing conflicts between other people and their dogs, the leash rule is intended to prevent dogs from harassing wildlife which use the trails and adjoining areas as travel and feeding corridors as well as sites for raising their young.
Note that retractable "flexi-leads" are inadequate for controlling your dog. With 12 to 15 feet of lead, a dog can catch and kill a small animal before the owner even realizes that their dog is doing more than sniffing in the vegetation along the trails. Hermit thrush, for example, will regularly nest as few as 12" above the ground and within a few feet of the edge of a well-travelled trail. Fledgling grouse, as yet unable to fly more than 3 feet high or more than a distance of 12 feet, can be easy prey for a dog.
Hikers who do not observe the HNA dog leash rule will be asked to leave.
For a complete list of rules, please see Visitor Information
Important Information about Access to Trails
Please be aware that all HNA trails, parking areas, access roads, and all adjacent lands are private property. Access is at the discretion of the Hazen's Notch Association and the respective landowners. The trails and parking areas are open during daylight hours only. Do not drive past any gates even if left open. Gates that are open are open for the convenience of the private landowner and are not an invitation to drive beyond the gate.
Winter Trails Information
Trail users should be aware that while there is no charge to use the HNA trails in Summer and Fall, a trail/area use fee is charged in winter. Winter access to HNA trails is limited to the Welcome Center parking area. Other summer/fall parking areas are unplowed and closed to parking. In Winter walking on trails is not allowed and dogs are prohibited from all areas within the trail network. For complete information see: Winter Recreation
Group Visits: Please note that while the HNA Trails are open to the public at no charge in the summer, a fee is charged for groups. This includes school, home school, church or other community groups. This includes both non-profit and for-profit groups and whether your visit is self-directed or facilitated by HNA staff. There are many costs associated with the management of trails that are open to the public. Group use fees and membership contributions help the HNA to meet these expenses. Please contact the HNA to arrange your group visit. Thank you.
For Travel Directions, a Locator Map of trail access parking areas, & complete area use rules, see
National Weather Service (Burlington, VT)
Eye on the Sky (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Vermont Nature News™: For information on the amphibians, birds, mammals, plants, & recent wildlife observations at the Hazen's Notch Association, see
Vermont Nature News™.
The Hazenís Notch Association
(HNA) is a non-profit, member-supported, conservation organization located
in Montgomery, Vermont.
The HNA was founded in 1994 to promote and engage
- Conservation of Forest and Agricultural Lands;
- Environmental Education Programs;
- Recreational Trails for Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Cross-Country Skiing;
- Stewardship of Natural and Historic Resources;
- Environmental Research.
Show your support for the Hazen's Notch Association
Become a Member of the HNA. Membership benefits include a discount on summer camp fees.
Annual membership dues are $20/individual, $25/family, $10/student.
Contributions in any amount are welcome. Membership
If you are interested in volunteering to maintain trails, lead outings
or help in other ways, please contact the Association. Contact the HNA
Thank you !
This page was last updated on January 1, 2020