Burnt Mountain panorama photo by Paul Blum
The summit of Burnt Mountain was relatively unknown prior to 1989. Rolf Anderson first discovered the spectacular view from the natural open rock outcrop on the summit ridge after several local people who had climbed the mountain told him that there was no view from the top. The Anderson Family created the trail in 1990 with permission of the landowners at that time. Starting in 1993, they purchased the land to protect the natural resources and ensure continued public access from the High Ponds Farm boundary to the top of the mountain. The combined High Ponds Farm and Burnt Mountain tract total 400 acres.
Project goals include repairing damage from logging activity which took place prior to purchase of the land by the Andersons. Trail work is intended to stabilize the footpath and prevent soil erosion by grading the trail surface, constructing water bars and diversion ditches, and seeding with native grasses and woodland plants.
In discussions with Wagner Woodlands in 1997 to acquire additional land on the summit ridge of Burnt Mountain, the Anderson Family learned that the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy intended to acquire the land owned by Wagner Woodlands which extended from the Anderson land southward toward Belvidere Corners, Vermont. With this purchase by the Atlas Timberlands Partnership (VLT + TNC), access to the summit was ensured through the permission of ATP. When the Vermont Land Trust wanted to sell their interest in ATP, the Nature Conservancy acquired the tract which included the wooded summit and viewpoint on Burnt Mountain. A conservation easement is held by the Northeast Wilderness Trust.
NOTE: The hike to the summit of Burnt Mountain passes through the High Ponds Farm, a privately owned nature preserve owned and maintained by the Anderson family. Other trails within the High Ponds Farm connect to other areas within the trails maintained for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing by the Hazens Notch Association.
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 in a Southerly direction 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 East-West-running ridge. It becomes a footpath in an Easterly direction to the main ridge where the trail turns right and continues in a Southerly direction through a stand of Mountain paper birch (Betula cordifolia) on its way to the wooded summit and to the panoramic view beyond. Distance to wooded summit 2.05 miles, distance to viewpoint, 2.40 miles.
Link to brochure with map and directions to Moosewood Ponds, High Meadow and Burnt Mountain:
High Ponds Farm Area Map.pdf
Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates to ensure continued public access. Thank you !