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Recreation ~ Snowshoeing ~ Beginner Trails

Ice Age Trail
Snowshoe into the woods to view the remarkable remnant land features left by glaciers which once covered Hawk and the surrounding area. During the last advance of the most recent ice age, all of New England was covered by an immense sheet of ice for over 100,000 years. When the region's climate warmed approximately 20,000 years ago, most of the ice sheet simply melted away. Glaciers formed a wide range of geological effects on the surrounding area which can best be seen from this trail.

Bear Claw Trail
Although your chances of encountering a black bear are quite slim on your visit to Vermont, you have a chance on this trail to view a bear-clawed beech tree. Halfway-up the trail, on your left, beside a large rock, stands just such a tree. Bears often climb this tree to rest on a horizontal limb and feed on beech nuts. Because the bark is so smooth, the marks stay with the tree for years.

Cirque Loop 1
Take this trail around the basin and view another ice age wonder of the bowl, where its surrounding walls rise steeply all around you. From this vantage point, you may access the steepness of some of Hawk's advanced trails that traverse up and around these mountains.

Cirque Loop 2
Another route to the base area, this trail offers access for all to glimpse some of the most interesting land on the Resort's 1200-acre property. Hawk advises avoiding this trail in the springtime, when winter runoff usually overtakes part of the trail.

Spring Loop
On this brief excursion from the main trail network, you may observe a natural spring mysteriously bubbling-up from the earth year-round.

See Also

Intermediate Snowshoeing Trails
Advanced Snowshoeing Trails

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