Bartonville Mountain is a wonderful easy hike to a scenic overlook above Brant Lake that is part of The Hub, a bike shop and restaurant, serving up food, beverages, and bike repairs.
0.67 miles long (1.34 miles round-trip)
Horicon, Warren County
The Hub Bar and Bike Shop
Hiking, Mountainbiking, Snowshoeing
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Hike Up Bartonville Mountain at The Hub in Brant Lake
Bartonville Mountain is a hiking and mountainbiking trail that’s on private land and open to the public as part of The Hub bike shop, restaurant, and bar in Brant Lake . The Hub serves food and drink, and repairs bicycles. The Hub is located on 27 Market Street on the pond in downtown Brant Lake. The hiking trail up Bartonville Mountain is an easy 0.67 mile hike to a scenic overlook that provides terrific views of Brant Lake and the surrounding ridges and mountains.
The Hub has built the hiking trail and a network of mountainbike trails on Bartonville Mountain. The trails are all new and were built by Wilderness Property Management in North Creek. The hiking trail starts right behind The Hub, where sandwiches and drinks can be purchased for a picnic at the top, or where folks can find refreshments after the hike. The Hub has plenty of parking.
The Bartonville Mountain Trail at The Hub
The trail up Bartonville Mountain starts at the “Jack & Jill” trailhead located just behind The Hub. The Hub also provides an array of mountainbike trails, and the two run together at the beginning. Hikers should step off the trail and give way to mountainbikers. Soon the Jack & Jill trail shoots right and offers a view of the pond in front of the restaurant and downtown Brant Lake.
The trail is marked with red “foot trail” markers. The surrounding forest is a mid-succession northern hardwood forest, and there are many hemlocks at the lower sections and oaks around the clearings. The trail has a number of switchbacks and gently gains elevation. At about the halfway point, the trail passes through a scenic clearing with open bedrock.
The Scenic Vista of Bartonville Mountain
The trail then runs in a straight line with stretches on bedrock for 0.2 miles and soon arrives at its destination in a beautiful grassy and rocky clearing on the hillside that provides sweeping views of Brant Lake and the distant mountains in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. There are plenty of places to sit and relax in the grass or on the abundant open bedrock.
The trail itself continues beyond this point but yields no further views. The mountainbike trails also connects to the scenic vista. Hikers that continue on these trails should know that they are primarily mountainbike trails. The hike down follows the Jack & Jill trail to The Hub.
Bartonville Mountain is a short and easy hike with a big reward from the scenic vista at the top. Combined with the food and beverages at The Hub, which has ample seating inside and out, where hikers can refresh with coffee, pastries, sandwiches, or a beer, this is a terrific hike for people of all ages and abilities.
Click here to download a map and trail directions for Bartonville Mountain and The Hub.
Click here for information about The Hub.
When You Hike Make Sure to Practice “Leave No Trace” to be Prepared and to Protect the Forest Preserve
Please follow “carry in, carry out” rules for all trash and follow other Leave No Trace principles when hiking in the public Forest Preserve and other wild areas. The seven Leave No Trace principles are: 1) Plan ahead and prepare; 2) Stay on hiking trails and camp at designated areas; 3) Dispose of human waste and trash properly; 4) Leave what you find; 5) Minimize campfires; 6) Respect wildlife; 7) Respect other hikers.
Educated hikers do not damage the environment. Prepared hikers do not need search and rescue unless injured.
Winter Use: Bartonville Mountain is a popular mountain for snowshoeing in the winter.
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