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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.
I would rate this hike on the easier side. It's a nice walk through the woods with a waterfall at the end. It's uphill for the first 3/5 or so of the trail and then a straight away to before a small decline at the waterfall. Overall it shouldn't take too much longer than 2 or 3 hours to complete.
The trail starts out at a decent incline with lots of large gravel but soon after taking a left toward the summit, you're on a more rocky-rooty trail. It rained yesterday and snowed earlier in the week so it was pretty wet and we took our sweet time since it was a little slippery. Part of the trail is quite flooded right now with a little snow here and there (I've posted some photos) but we stuck to the sides and hopped rocks, our feet staying dry. We actually really enjoyed hiking through the water and once we took a right toward the summit, the trail was much drier but still a bit slippery and muddy. There is moss everywhere on this part of the trail and it felt like a place where hobbits and fairies reside! The smell of spruce filled our nostrils and the views were fantastic despite peak foliage season being over. This summit area is a small clearing with a few boulders and if you scurry over a large gap between boulders toward your right, there are more great views through the trees! I give this one a rating of four only because of the large gravel section in the beginning and we did find (and pick up) a few pieces of trash left behind. Totally recommend this hike but definitely wear proper water resistant/proof footwear!
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!