Dogs Loved following the river up to the pond.

We could not find the trail head based on the app info. We stopped at the place that was designated but it was an auto body shop and they said several people go there looking for the trail! Very disappointed

Highly recommend this trail. Beautiful views of surrounding mountains and Little Rock pond.

hiking
2 days ago

Main entrance / parking lot is closed, we used the overflow parking area. Very pleasant hike, beware of roots. Visible and well marked trail.

Took AT from the lot on Route 4 to the Willard parking lot, hitting Deer Leap Overlook and Mountain on the way back. Totaled around 7 miles and 1,800-1,900 elevation. Good ROI on this hike with an awesome view, well maintained trails and a solid mileage/elevation combination. The ascent up Deer Leap Mtn is a good sweat and the rest is really conducive to some quick mile splits. When I’m not looking for a grueling ascent up Killington or Pico this is the pick!

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
4 days ago

Awesome trail for anyone looking for an awesome view! The view from the ponds is truly out of this world and worth the trek. If you plan on doing an overnight I would highly recommend trying to get to the tent sites/ shelters by the early afternoon as they fill in VERY quickly. The stretch down to bourn pond was pretty muddy. Came across a few blowdowns but they were easy enough to navigate around. The trail from bourn pond to Stratton pond was in worse shape. Lots of areas were very tight and were in need of some maintenance. There’s also an area in which you need to cross the Rye brook that runs through there but the trail markings in the area and trail have completely eroded leaving you to fight your way through some swamping deadfall to find your way to the other side. Manageable for most hikers. Our dogs struggled with that bit however. From Stratton pond tent sites on back to Rootville rd was smooth sailing and an awesome hike. Highly Recommend to anyone looking for a challenging but rewarding overnight hike. Distance was a little deceptive though, the total hike around was 20.1 miles and we were expecting about 16 miles so plan accordingly. That’s also not including the shoot up to the observation tower at the top of Stratton should you choose to do that as well. Would be 5 stars had it not been for the mud. Couple weeks of dry weather would help a lot!

hiking
4 days ago

The trail markers disappeared 6 times, so we turned back. The snow was also getting deeper.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

This trail was stunning felt like a fairy tale! However, lots of wild animals, mud, and bugs. It is also very poorly marked the trail markers are there just paint marks you have to look hard for. Barely any signs or maps we found two VERY VAGUE ones and I recommend taking pictures of them. Even with all that we got lost and ended up doing a 12 mile plus long hike with a mile of the end of it being following the road hoping we would reach the parking lot before sun down.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome trail, the farm land is gorgeous and there were lots of trails to choose from. Plenty of parking and easily marked. We took the Antone Mountain trail which was a little steep at some parts but not bad, gorgeous views!

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome hike! Very little traffic and a well marked trail. A very enjoyable time

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snow
19 days ago

So insanely beautiful! Started at App gap around 4:45 - saw the sunrise from the top of mad river and had a wonderful day of hiking through the snoW. Still super snowy pretty much the entire way, some parts might want spikes but don’t need them generally. Loved this walk! (The Lincoln gap road was closed for winter still - not a super long walk down to the barricade)

the kids loved this hike. nice and peaceful

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bugs
flooded
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rocky
25 days ago

Loved this trail. Great pond situation at the end. Would absolutely do again

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