Round trip distance of 3.8 miles. Time: ~4 hours Difficulty: Moderate The Waterbury Center Trail follows up the west side of the mountain. It is a well-maintained trail, with beautiful views. The view from the top is great, although it is frequently covered in fog. Trial information and maps can be found at trails.com.
Drive time: 1hr 20min
Directions: Head south on I-91 to I-89. (2 miles) Take the exit onto I-89 N toward Barre/Montpelier, VT Head north on I-89 (63 miles) Take exit 10 / Waterbury,VT / VT-100N. Turn right of the exit. Head north on VT-100 for 3 miles. Turn right at Howard Ave. Go 0.3 miles. Turn left at Maple St. Go 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Loomis Hill Rd. Go 1.9 miles. Continue left at the fork onto Sweet Farm Rd. Go 1.1 miles. The trailhead is on the right.
Because of the driving distance, this trip has been run as the Mt.Hunger Triatholon.
The trip hikes Mt.Hunger, then visits the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Ben & Jerry's factory and the Cabot Annex store, all in Waterbury, VT. All of these delicious food factories are along the 3 mile stretch north of I-89 along Rt.100. You pass the Ben and Jerry's factory and the Cabot Annex on the way to Mt.Hunger. Cold Hollow Cider Mill is just 0.3 miles north on Rt.100 from the turn-off onto Howard Ave. A trip to the Cabot Cheese factory can also be included, although this is about 40 minutes away in Cabot, VT.
Ben & Jerry's - Home of delicious ice cream. The tour is $3, offered every half-hour and includes ice cream samples.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill - They make cider, cider doughnuts, apple butter, and other tasty apple products. They also sell a large variety of vermont handicrafts. Free Cider samples. Cider doughnuts are $5 for a dozen, and are definitely worth it.
Cabot Annex - Cabot's outlet store. Home of the cheese parade, a free sampling of all the cheese cabot makes. Definitely worth multiple visits.
Cabot Factory - Located 40min away in Cabot, VT. The tour is $3. Includes a cheese parade, a store where you can buy limited edition cheeses.