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Chittenden Loop Ski Trail

Mountains can be seen in the distance from the Chittenden Loop Ski Trail.
The Chittenden Loop Ski Trail provides Mount Washburn Views on clear days.

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The Chittenden Loop Ski Trail is an easiest to more difficult 5.3 mile (8.3 km) loop providing views of Mount Washburn on clear days. The Trail begins at Tower Fall which is 2.5 miles (4 km) from Tower Junction. The trail is easiest if you climb the more difficult section at the beginning of the loop by heading to the right through Tower Fall Campground. More experienced skiers may wish to ski the loop in the opposite direction; however, the “more difficult” portion of the loop can be quite fast if snow is packed. The trail continues through dense lodgepole pine returning to the unplowed Tower-Canyon road. From here the route goes approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) back to Tower Fall. Good views of Mt. Washburn are possible.

Notes: Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals. CAUTION: recommended for advanced skiers only due to steep terrain.

Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.

Ski tracks lead to a wintery view of Tower Fall.

Tower Skiing & Snowshoeing

Discover skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the Tower area.

Two backcountry skiers look onward with mountain views in the background.

Skiing & Snowshoeing

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Details
The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The Trail begins at Tower Fall which is 2.5 miles (4 km) from Tower Junction.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked easiest to more difficult trail includes steep terrain. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit.

Last updated: January 30, 2018