Lake of the Clouds

Stowe, Vermont
Lake of the Clouds, nestle in the landscapes of Stowe, Vermont, is a breathtaking alpine lake situated at 3,934 feet above sea level.
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Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Stowe, Vermont, Lake of the Clouds is a breathtaking alpine lake situated at an elevation of 3,934 feet above sea level. Positioned on the border of Stowe and Cambridge, this stunning body of water offers a serene retreat amidst the peaks of Bear Head and Adams Apple. Lake of the Clouds holds the distinction of being one of Vermont’s highest-elevation lakes, contributing to its allure for hikers and nature enthusiasts seeking an escape to the pristine beauty of the region.

For those eager to witness the majestic Lake of the Clouds, a hike along the Long Trail from Mount Mansfield provides a spectacular perspective. Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, offers a vantage point that showcases the sublime beauty of this alpine lake. The Long Trail, a renowned hiking trail that traverses the Green Mountains, provides a route for hikers to experience the grandeur of Lake of the Clouds in its mountainous setting.

The journey to Lake of the Clouds typically begins at the Barnes Camp Visitor Center in Stowe, which serves as the ideal parking area. Boasting hundreds of parking spots, the center also serves as the trailhead for the Long Trail. Hikers can embark on a 2.6-mile trek along the Long Trail to reach the summit of Mount Mansfield, where they can marvel at the panoramic views that include the enchanting Lake of the Clouds.

For a more intimate experience with the lake itself, visitors can choose to venture onto the Hell Brook Trail, located near the summit of Mount Mansfield. This trail, a shorter route spanning just 0.20 miles, leads hikers to the shores of Lake of the Clouds, allowing them to immerse themselves in the tranquility of this high-altitude oasis.

Whether seeking a challenging hike to Mount Mansfield’s summit or a more direct path to Lake of the Clouds via Hell Brook Trail, visitors to this idyllic corner of Vermont are treated to a nature-filled adventure. Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Green Mountains, Lake of the Clouds stands as a testament to the natural wonders that await those willing to explore the heights of Stowe’s alpine terrain.


Address: Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont
Place GPS Coordinates: 44.548528, -72.810778
Parking GPS Coordinates: 44.548528, -72.810778
Parking Notes: There are several pull-over spots near the trailhead along Mountain Road. But, the best parking area is at the Barnes Camp Visitor Center in Stowe. The center has hundreds of parking spots and is located about a quarter-mile from the trailhead.

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