A mountain top elopement is a great option for outdoorsy couples looking to add adventure to their day. It includes the sense of achievement from a hike to the top and the delight of gorgeous views and a ceremonial joining of two at the peak.
Imagine the sun setting pink and golden hues with majestic sweeping mountain views as you and your partner say your "I do's". This may seem like a dream too far out of reach, but it can easily be your reality. Planning a mountain top elopement is one of the most adventurous, romantic and epic ways to get married. It provides a special moment for the two of you that you will always remember. Not to mention, some stunning photos to remember your day by.
If you are an adventure seeker and looking to plan a mountain top elopement in Vermont, today's post is for you. We will be sharing the best mountain tops locations to elope and say your "I do's" in the most epic way!
Best Mountain Top Elopement Locations in Vermont
Before choosing your location you will first want to consider important aspects of planning a hiking elopement. Consider the season and typical weather during that season that you are eloping. Make sure it aligns with your vision. If your vision is vibrant green mountains and wildflowers, than choosing a date during the winter season (December-March) will not be ideal. But if you are avid skiers and want to incorporate this in your elopement, then ski season would be perfect for this!
You will also want to consider how accessible your hike is. Can you drive there, ride a chairlift up or do you need to hike from the bottom? What difficulty level is the hiking?
You may also want to consider the type of scenery and land you will be hiking amongst. Is it mostly open meadows and fields or forests with more narrow, rough terrain? This will help you decide on your footwear and attire for the hike.
Once you have considered these things you will be ready to choose your location!
Jay Peak is a favorite for hiking in Northern Vermont. Also one of Vermont's most popular ski mountains, Jay is open year round for whatever adventure you choose. During the spring, summer and fall enjoy gorgeous hiking up Jay Peak. Trails are well marked and there's a range in difficulty but for sweeping, stunning views you will want to hike or ride the Summer Tram Ride to the peak. Check out the map here to plan your loop. Beware, hikers and mountain bikers share this mountain. Many sections of the trail are rugged and rocky and there are numerous water bar crossings. Be sure to wear good hiking boots, pack water and sunscreen for those hot summer days! During the winter, grab the lift to the top, get hitched and ski down to celebrate your union together!
Lake Willoughby (Mt. Pisgah)
Part of the beautiful North East Kingdom, Mt. Pisgah on Lake Willoughby makes for an unforgettable hike and elopement. The contrast of the mountains and the lake from the peak are spectacular. There are several different trails and hiking options on Mt. Pisgah so be sure to map out your journey prior to elopement day. Mt. Pisgah is a moderate hike distancing about 6 miles. The terrain includes a diverse mixture of rocky, dirt, stairways and ladders as well as grass and meadows. This trail is very popular so if you are wanting privacy for your elopement you may want to plan for a sunset hike or at the tail end of the popular season. Depending on which trail you choose, you can either park on the side of the road to make your climb or if you take the South Trail there is a parking area available for use. Dogs are permitted on leash!
Known for being the highest mountain in the state, Mount Mansfield is another beautiful iconic Vermont hike. You can hike Mount Mansfield all year long and there are several different trails to choose from. Due to its popularity Mount Mansfield sees more visitors each year than any other mountain in Vermont. Therefore, you may want to plan your adventure for early in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening or even during the off seasons to avoid the crowds. The Sunset Ridge Trail is a scenic, classic trail with a distance of about 6 miles round trip. Known for having the best views, you can't go wrong! Beware, the Sunset Ridge Trail is not recommended during inclement weather due to it's exposure to the elements. To get to the bottom of the Sunset Ridge Trail you will go to Underhill State Park where there is a parking fee.
Mount Abraham located in Lincoln, Vermont is part of the Long Trail and would make a beautiful adventurous location for your elopement. Beginning at the Lincoln Gap, this trail's terrain includes a little bit of everything from forest and rock scramble, to packed down dirt and roots. Be sure to stay on the trail to protect the alpine plants. Sweeping, stunning views at the peak make this challenging hike worth the journey, but not for the faint of heart. Round trip this loop takes about 3+ hours and is popular. Expect crowds, unless you hike early in the morning, evening or off season. The trail is best during peak season from May through October. If you want to bring your pooch along for your elopement they are welcome on leash.
Killington Mountain is most well known as a premier ski mountain in Vermont but also is a beautiful place to hike during the off season. Depending on your preference, choose your adventure whether that be an elopement ski or hike. Either will bring you to beautiful peaks overlooking the Green, Adirondack and White Mountains. You can use the hiking trail map here to plan your route to the sweeping panoramic views from the peak. While the beginning of the hike is fairly gradual and easy, the upper section of the hike is much more steep and challenging. The terrain is mixed with both packed dirt, narrow trails through the forest and rocky, steeper inclines. If hiking isn't your thing, take the gondola to the top and enjoy the beautiful ride.
Mount Ascutney used to be a favorite local ski mountain but was shut down for years. The last few years the community of Brownsville has joined together to bring the mountain back with a T-bar that provides a more small mountain traditional feel. There are several different hiking routes to explore on Mount Ascutney all with beautiful lookouts and views. Take a look at the trail map to choose your route. Each hike varies in difficulty, terrain and distance so be sure to plan accordingly. If you are looking for a shorter hike but still want the epic views try entering from the state park and driving up to the parking lot. If you are looking for something more rugged and challenging you will want to start from one of the trailheads at the base of the mountain.
Vermont is full of beautiful mountains to hike and explore! Why not make a mountain top excursion part of your elopement? Be sure to consult with locals when planning you adventure. They will have tips for which trails to take, what times of day to hike and where you might get the most romantic photos and secret spots to say your "I do's". You can't go wrong with a mountain top elopement for the most spectacular memories to last a lifetime.
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