Posted on October 5, 2021 and last updated on October 05, 2021

Savage Mountain, Temple


  • Preserve Size: NA
  • Trail Mileage: 0.75 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: open ledge, great views

The wide forested route to the open ledge and beautiful views consists of a fairly easy uphill for most of its 0.75 miles. There is, however, one steep section mid-way with loose, eroded rock.

The trail, which follows ATV roads, is unmarked and unmanaged, but easy to follow. After starting out on the main track, look for a discontinued trail to your right in just about an eighth of a mile or so in. From here, you’ll head up a moderate incline until you reach your first views from open ledge. Follow a small side path to even wider and more dramatic ledges and great sightseeing to the west.

(Thank you to land conservationist and public-access defender Brent West, of High Peaks Alliance, for showing us this amazing spot! Brent calls hikes like Savage Mountain “cheating,” since you can get an incredible view for relatively little effort.)

Directions: From Intervale Road, turn onto Day Mountain Road and follow it for about 3.5 miles. You continue on this road after the pavement ends. At roughly 3.5 miles, look for ATV/snowmobile signs pointing to your right and a sign marking a dead-end road. (On Google maps, this is where Day Mountain Road turns into Jackson Mountain Road.) Turn right onto the dead-end road and look for a small open area, big enough for two vehicle, on your right in about 550 feet. Park here and walk up the ATV trail.


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