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Really this would probably be 3 1/2 stars for me. This hike was pretty without much elevation but like another reviewer noted it is rocky! Once you cross over the creek that whole section of the trail is super rocky. I couldn't really enjoy my surroundings, because if you looked up while walking you'd twist an ankle. Our golden retriever had a rougher time then usual too with paw placement. A 2 mile hike to the pond should have taken our family of 4 around 40 minutes or less - we hike a lot. It took us over an hour to get to pond since it was slow going with the rocky path.

Hiked from Mad Tom Road in Dorset. To us this was a hidden gem. Beautiful forest with the flowing brook the whole way. Not too difficult. Very peaceful trail with some good rock formations.

Misty, foggy day, but beautiful stream-side hike. Foliage was great.

muddy, not many views, but gorgeous forest.

Well kept with all the traffic back and forth. Great scenery from the Green Mountain.

Not to steep, perfect for us! Best hike I have been on in my life!

I found this trail to be difficult with the footing, stepping on and in between pointy rocks and numerous exposed tree roots for 85 percent of the journey, but I could have been having an off day for hiking too. The pond is definitely worth visiting. Seemed like a very remote place, with lots of AT/LT hikers passing through this time of year. It is very picturesque with dozens.of mini water cascades flowing among moss covered rocks. I also found lions mane (mushroom) here which was a pleasant surprise.

I'll start off by saying that these mountains are beautiful and any hike in the area is well worth it. However, the intel and directions from the All Trails route is not ideal, and coming up from the Sugarbush ski area can get confusing and tricky. That said, starting at the Lincoln peak base lodge, follow the utility road that goes under the lift. There are several forks in the road, the first of which you should take the left road. After that all the roads will eventually get you to the same place, as long as you keep going up. You are loosely following the Organ Grinder trail, so if keep seeing those signs, you are on track. The road is smooth but punishingly uphill at times. It's essentially a 3 miles at a 1000 ft gained per mile ratio. From the top you can get to the Lincoln Peak viewing platform (which served us no good because of the dense fog) and then follow Long Trail south to Abraham, which is a 40 minute hike. Make sure to jump off trail about 300 yards down from the Abraham summit to get a glimpse of the famous plane wreck from the 1980s. Very cool! From there you wind back to Lincoln, and over 2 minor peaks on to Ellen, the summit of which is forested but very peaceful. After getting back near Lincoln peak, you have the option to follow the All Trails route and descend down the "Middle Eart" trail. This is not recommended. The way is slippery, steep, with very dense vegetation. I'd recommend continuing past the Middle Earth ski trail back up to the Castle Rock chairlift and following the "Troll Road" trail down. We did not do that ourselves, but it looks like a significantly easier route, and ends up in the same place. The hike was excellent, but All Trails will let you down a little bit from a best route perspective. Still entirely worth the trip however!

Amazing hike. One of my favorite ever! This section was 11.1 miles by my GPS and I would rate it hard due to the number of extremely steep and slippery sections. Enjoyed multiple breathtaking 360 degree views and got a good upper body workout from the scrambles. Trail was well marked.

good hike for family. Not steep. beautiful reservoir. great place to hang and bbq.

1 month ago

Great trail for a nice hike. A little muddy but really good for the dog.

Hicking trail on this app was not well described we took the “RED” road on the map provided by this app..... we ended up “off trail” almost got hurt! It was badly indicated and also to much detail were left out! It’s not a hicking trail so much as your walking in the rocks of the ski descent! There was one part after the the Lincoln Peak that was fun it was really a hicking trail in the woods and fun! Other then that it was very dangerous and we could have got hurt ! This should have been only for winter
Also we went all the way to Lincoln Peak and it clearly says 1200m or 3973 feet of altitude! And this app says that we only did 700m of altitude!! Kinda sucks after all this hard work you like to have your stats correct!!

Hiked to Bourn Pond via the Branch Pond trail from The Kelly Stand Road. Very muddy for a good portion of the hike. Spur leads to Branch Pond before heading into Lye Brook Wilderness. Well kept trail to the pond’s south shore. Relatively flat and easy hike.

2 months ago

Gret amaxing wonderful trail. its a loop one. not hard. Great to families with kids and pats. nice atmosphere of the wild forest. Very very recommended. Its rated as Moderate,however its very EASY. we enjoyed very much (family with 12, 15 years kids)

This was an easy hike - there were only a couple of spots that might be considered steep. It was raining on our hike so the rocks were slippery. The pond looked clear, and we saw a couple of loons.

Badly indicated trails that had us guessing most of the first part from Sugarloaf Ski Area. We made it eventually to Lincoln and then Abraham. Nice views from the top.
Will revisit and climb Abraham from the western part.

2 months ago

It was lovely in the woods, with a couple of nice vistas near the peak of Green Mtn. Continued toward Little Rock Pond, with a few more nice views along the way. Continued along the LT/AT south to complete the loop. Flat and lots of hikers headed out the 1.7 mi to the parking area. A nice hike.

2 months ago

Really fun adventure with a lot of navigation involved. You begin the journey on a series of logging roads, these get more narrow and at times overgrown the farther you go. After the second river crossing you transition into spruces and there’s a couple steep switchbacks. All the directions in the trail description are correct and all the landmarks are still there. I would recommend screenshoting the directions and printing them so you can better navigate the logging roads. You should see two cairns on the switchbacks, ignore the first and begin bushwhacking on the second. The bushwhack begins with open woods with lots of ferns. These get much thicker as you near the summit, if you stick more to the left on the way up there’s a herd path that avoids most of these. The summit has a sign and a canister, which I had no problem opening. There’s a pen and a visitors log inside. If you backtrack to the false summit there’s a ledge with a great view of Killington.

on Merck Forest Trail

3 months ago

Loved this. Network of trails criss-crossing above a well- maintained farm and berry patches. Yes it’s perfect for families with little kids and olds, but grown solo and couple hikers will absolutely love this too. Hat aloft to the keepers of the Merck forest and farm, beautiful job.

Such a great spot! This is a working farm that takes donations and welcomes dogs! Keep the leashed at the parking lot, visitors center and farmland bug let them loose in the forest! They have 30 miles of trails so it's definitely an adventure.

The waterfall is great, but the trail between the waterfall and bourne pond is extremely overgrown and in need of maintenance. Also, mosquitoes were pretty bad throughout the hike. However, the pond is quite a nice place to camp.

This is NOT a trail for shorts/sandals during the summer. The trail was overgrown with nettles, making it very painful for hiking in my shorts. There are two vistas at the top, but I only managed to find the one on the right, which means I probably didn't go far enough to the left for the other one *shrugs* This is definitely not a hard/difficult trail though. One of the easier ones in Vermont.

Did this yesterday and it was great. 6 ladies 55-72 and it took just over 7 hours. Beautiful views along the way. Left cars at app gap and got a ride to Lincoln. Perfect weather and no bugs!

This was a nice out and back hike for (2) 4K footers and 4 other peaks on the ridge. The views were nice on Mount Abraham and on Mount Ellen you have to past the summit for any views. Overall next time I’ll definitely do 2 cars to make it a nice traverse. We even visited the plane wreckage.

Love it !!! But not that easy it not saying hard for no reason:p

Hiked these mountains starting from the Battell Trailhead located in Lincoln. The trail steadily climbs 2.5 miles through mixed forest to join up with the Long trail about 0.8 miles from the summit of Mt Abe. At the Battell shelter I camped overnight and ascended the summit fairly easy in 45 minutes in the morning. Abe offers stunning views and makes for a great jumping off point for the 5.2 mike trek along the Monroe Skyline to Mt Ellen. The ridge line crosses many smaller but beautiful peaks in their own right— Lincoln Peak 3975 feet, Nancy Hanks @ 3812 feet, Castle Rock at the top of Sugarbush ski lift, and Cutts peak @ 3940 feet. After a long ridgeline hike of undulating Climbs and descents you finally arrive at the tabletop summit of a viewless and anticlimactic Ellen. Not a great reward for all the effort . However a 100 feet further off the summit , the ski lift platform gives you a pretty great view of the Appalachian gap, and Mad River and Sugarbush Ski resorts in the valley. The return trip will leave you feeling exhausted , but Abraham is a great resting point before heading back down into the valley at the trailhead. Overall the trip was 15.2 miles out and back in a total logged time of 11 hours on the trail. Make sure you bring plenty of water and moleskin!

Great hike up Sugarbush ski resort. It’s nice to have the choice of either taking an easier/more mellow route or one more strenuous. Worthwhile views from the top of Abraham as well as all crossings with ski trails (tops of ski lifts). The hike down is quite steep towards the top, though instead of taking black diamonds all the way down you have the option to hike down ‘Troll Road’ which switch backs down the mountain.

hiked it from the East Dorset trail head off of mad Tom road. wish the app would include this section of the trail

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