Abbey Pond Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Abbey Pond Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Middlebury, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,207 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from East Middlebury, VT: Travel 5.5 miles north of East Middlebury on SR 116. The trail begins on the east side of the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Seriously fun trail! The 1st mile is both very pretty as well as fairly strenuous depending on your pace. Great work out for those looking for a good out and back trail. The pond itself is very pretty. Take time to explore the waterfalls but be careful.

2 months ago

5/22/2018

Wonderful trail.

First half is very steep - for me, the moderate rating was a little misleading with respect to the difficulty of the first half.

Still and all, when it levels out, the overall moderate rating is probably right.

Very peaceful - I was there from about 900am-1130am and didn’t see another human.

Highly recommend but don’t underestimate that climb on the first half.

hiking
4 months ago

I went during our winter in April weekend and it was absolutely beautiful with the trees frozen and the hint of snow covering it. Arriving at the bridge about 1/4 mile or so up was great due to the higher water level, the stream and falls were stunning. *About another 1/4 to .5 of a mile up, you have to cross the stream and there is no bridge. The water was to high for me to even attempt to cross it due to the rocks being icy.* I had to obviously turn around. It would be great if a foot bridge could be built over that crossing point. Overall, a great peaceful hike. I will definitely be back.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This trail is great for a short summer hike. The trail starts off with a steep ascent for the first third or so of the way but levels off into a comfortable walk afterwards. The shades from the trees provide a welcomed break from the heat of the sun for most of the trail. The view of the pond will largely depend on the amount of rain. If it has been raining a lot, donot expect to be able to get a clear view of the pond.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great hike along a beautiful river with many cascading waterfalls.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Very pretty trail that follows a stream of the Muddy Branch with waterfalls. Moderately steep the first 1/2 then easy and level to the pond/wetlands. As stated below, heavy rains caused a mudslide around 7/2/2017 which went straight over the trail about 1/4 way up. You can walk up and over it quite easily. It's sturdy. (Anyone new to the trail - be sure to cross it and not go up it, since it's unmarked you may think the trail goes up to the right, it does not, keep going forward.). Lovely trail especially if you like being near flumes/rivers.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

** Trail blocked as of 7/3/2017 ** My wife and I stopped to hike the trail. VT had just received 3 days of heavy rain. About halfway up the trail (~ 200 feet past a stream that must be forded), a massive mud slide has blocked the trail. Also should be noted that much of the trail past the bridge has surface water and mud. Still, a pretty walk up alongside the small flume.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great trail, clearly marked. Had to cross some water, no big deal but wasn't expecting it. Buggy, bring spray. Waterfalls along the trail were great, pond was a pond... I'd climb again.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Looks like a great trail for a weekend hike but there is quarry next to it. walked 15 minutes but the construction noise was too loud

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

The trail was a bit steep for the first mile or so and the flattens off towards the end. The river meanders along the side of the trail and at one of the crossings it can be easy to lose the trail so keep your eyes peeled for a blue marker. I went out just after it had rained and be aware that the rocks in the trail are slippery when wet. I saw a lot of red eft newts on the damp earth and enjoyed the serenity of the pond at the end.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The beginning of the trail is steep but very nice. After about 30 minutes you come to a "fork" and it's unclear which way to go. Trail needs to better marked. Beautiful creek and very pretty overall.

hiking
Friday, June 17, 2016

Beautiful beaver dam at the top.

Monday, March 28, 2016

This was my first trail in Vermont and the description of it was pretty spot on with the uphill to the Pond being a moderate challenge. the only warning about the trail is that footing can be a challenge with roots, rocks and soft soil. Remember to not take your eye off the path and the peacefulness at the top is worth it.

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

The first half of the trail climbs at a steady pace along the beautiful waterfalls The last half of the trail is a pretty flat, easy walk through the woods. Fortunate not to encounter ice or mud on this first day of spring.

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Really beautiful hike. Went on a Saturday and only saw two people on the trail. It was pretty steep, and as the ranger we met said, it's "decievingly long." As a side note, ticks abound already this year!

hiking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Well marked trees for following the path. Love how quiet and not anyone on the path on a weekday. Lots of up hill but my 8 and 10 year old pulled it off. My 17 and 13 thought it was a breeze but enjoyed it. The view at the pond was worth it!

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