Completed this loop in two days and we stayed overnight next to Stratton Pond. Branch Pond trail and Lye Brook trail are poorly maintained and have swarms of mosquitoes and flies. Needless to say, bug spray is a must! Lots of fallen trees on the trail and very muddy terrain. Difficult to move fast because of the obstacles and poorly marked in some places. Stratton Pond has very few decent camping spots. Long trail is nice and easy. There was just one view in the beginning of trail before the loop started and after that there was nothing special - just forest and okay lakes. Not impressed.

Easy hike and beautiful views !!

went to the falls and back. would love to hear if anyone hikes all the way to Stratton Pond.

Awesome. No major elevation changes. The view from Prospect Rock was great. But imagine if you fell off that thing! We stayed at William B. Douglas shelter for one night. The Branch Pond Trail was well marked, but the Lye Brook Trail was not the best marked.

Beautiful hike. Lots of side trails into lye brook Wilderness and up Stratton mountain. Stratton pond intersects with Long Trail/ Appalachian Trail. We stayed at tenting sites on Bourn Pond an Stratton Pond. Peaceful site with privy. Caretaker comes by to collect $5 per person per day. Parts of trail around Stratton Pond closed due to flooding when we were there but able to get to spring to collect and treat water.

The outlined route shown by Alltrails is actually pretty off the mark, especially when it comes to the Branch Pond Trail (left leg as you are looking at the map). the Alltrails map shows it being much farther west than it actually is. if you use the Terrain or Topo Map layer you will see the correct route that follows along the eastern side of the river for most of the way before coming to bourne pond.
Also if you plan on camping at any of the tenting areas or shelters you will need to bring cash, as it is $5 per person per night. There are Trail hosts living at stratton shelter who come around and collect the fee's.

backpacking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful hike, lovely and quiet campsites by the pond. My favorite place in Vermont so far.

A really lovely low-impact hike. Can be a very leisurely overnight. Camping by Bourne Pond is great. Highly recommended.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

wonderful hike. easy on the feet. be sure to preserve to the falls. they shouldn't be missed

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Long waterfall is great

Beautiful falls! Took my 2 chihuahuas with me and they loved it!

camping
Friday, September 04, 2015

Did a loop with an overnight. Hiked Lyle Brook trail and detoured to the waterfall which was beautiful. Then continues trail which is extremely overgrown with hobble bushes, camped at Bourne pond, woke up and hiked the Branch Pond Trail which is nicely maintained. Stayed on trail to the intersection with AT then turned down service road to Prospect Rock which provides a beautiful view of the mountains to the south and west. Trail continues to the paved road for a mile and a half hike back to start.

The falls are beautiful!

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Easy trail but quite humid

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Great hike. Not much for views off the mountain, but beautiful falls and wildlife. I'm a local and have been going here for years. After Irene, part of the trail was washed out but now, it just makes it that much more interesting!

hiking
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rocky trail that ends with a great view. Good footwear and poles will be appreciated on this hike. My battery died on my phone just as we got in view of the falls. Only tracked my way up. :)

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Went to the waterfall just outside Manchester in the lye brook wilderness, great hike, very well maintained trail, and not to difficult at all, well worth the couple of hours to the falls

hiking
Monday, October 04, 2010

It was my first backpacking adventure out in the Green Mountains and the trail was pretty much level, except with the constant bog hopping, and beaver/storm damage detours it was an easy hike (in comparison to the White Mountains). The summit was only 2500 ft in elevation and there was no view except where we camped, there was a pretty pond and a view of Stratton Mountain. The wildlife is untouched here, heard loons and coyotes throughout the evening. But obviously there is no trail crew to maintain trails because it was difficult getting in and getting out to/from the campsite.

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