dogs on leash
The Green Mountain National Forest located in Vermont contains portions of the Long Trail as well as other popular hiking peaks and trails. The Appalachian Trail crosses through this park and is a popular destination for New England hikers.
First ten minutes is kind of a boring access path behind people's properties. Then the trail gets narrow, crosses a sweet bridge and begins to make some good gains up hill. Beautiful water feature with a flowing brook that comes and goes throughout the hike. Awesome leaf peeping hike. Afternoon or morning adventure. View facing West. Could be a great running trail. Light tread. We did it hungover, so, I'd say it's on the easier side!
This is actually a loop around the pond and it's not 5.1 miles it's only about two and three-quarters of a mile. It can be muddy at times but still always beautiful. a great place for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, but the road down to the pond is closed during the winter. I highly recommend this, one of my favorite places!
Great hike. Keep dogs on leash until you cross the old bridge, its a sheer granite face. At Mcginnis Creek you can continue to Bakers Peak ( North ) or head right ( East ) up to the Lake Trail. The last third of a mile is a tad strenuous. Once at the top the views are great, then you can head south along the ridge and hook up to the Lake Trail. The trail bisected my in-laws property and I have done this hike often. There are many Black Bear in this area. I usually hook a small cow bell on my pack, as well as , and especially on my dogs. There are also a good number of hunters in this area, make sure to wear blaze if hiking during hunting season.
Merck Forest has a great system of trails, Antone Mountain has nice views from the summit, and there are several other trails that have nice views of the valleys to the east and west. Some of the trails are quite challenging. There are also a number of educational offerings focusing on maple syruping, farming and there are plenty of livestock to watch. There are also nice rustic cabins and a lodge to rent. Great place to spend a day.