I am looking for a decent day hike in Vermont, preferably a moderate climb to a summit with a view. Any suggestions?
Burrows Trail to the summit of Camel's Hump is probably the easiest (most moderate) climb to one of the high summits in Vermont. Information and a map here, as well as info on the other routes up. vtstateparks.com/pdfs/camels_hump_trails.pdf The views from the summit on a clear day are amazing.
Mt. Mansfield is another option. There are several routes up, none are as short as Burrows Trail. Whether going up Mansfield or Camel's Hump, at this time of year, you do need to be prepared for drastically different weather between the trailhead and the summit. I have hiked Camel's Hump in late October and had a foot of snow and whiteout conditions at the summit while it was just sprinkling rain at the trailhead.
If looking for a little easier and less intimidating, Snake Mountain in Addison VT is quite easy and still has spectacular views out over the farm lands of Addison County and then over Lake Champlain. findandgoseek.net/listing/…hiking-walking
Burrows is a nice woodsy hike - about 2 miles each way.
Some other favs: Stowe Pinacle - shorter than Burrows (maybe 1.4 miles), with nice ~200 degree views from the summit.
Mt. Hunger - about 2.7 miles if memory serves. A bit more challenging than Burrows (similar pitch but a bit longer). Nice assortment of woods scenery as you climb, plus a little waterfall near the bottom. Panoramic views at the top.
Mt. Mansfield. My fav by far. The best ascents on the western side are the Frost & Maple Ridge trails (#5 & 6 on the map below) to the 'forehead', or the Sunset Ridge trail (#23) to the 'chin'. Both routes have spectacular views from ~1/2 way up, so you get much more views than any other hikes mentioned above. The Frost/Maple Ridge route is slightly more challenging than Burrows, but similar. Sunset Ridge is a bit longer & slightly more challenging, since the chin is the highest point in VT - about 400 ft. higher than the forehead or Camel's Hump. Here's a nice map for reference:
Farther south, Mt Abraham is another nice hike - rather similar to Burrows.