Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail)

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Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail) is a 16 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Manchester Center, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.0 miles
2,460 feet

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1 month ago

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.

9 months ago

Easy hike and beautiful views !!

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

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Saturday, July 01, 2017