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Breadloaf Mountain via Skylight Pond Trail

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Green Mountain National Forest

Breadloaf Mountain via Skylight Pond Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ripton, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 2,060 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

Views

Waypoints (3)
  • 1

    Intersection of Skylight Pond Trail with Long Trail

    43.98859, -72.93735

  • 2

    Skyline Lodge and Skylight Pond

    43.98694, -72.93639

  • 3

    Breadloaf Mountain Summit

    No vista from summit

    44.00207, -72.94138

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (21)
Photos (51)
Recordings (19)
Completed (37)
Adam Blachly
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Hiking

Really nice trail. Skylight pond trail goes through lovely woods, and is extremely easy grade given the elevation gain. There are three possible destinations when you get to the four-way junction with the long trail. You can go north on the long trail which makes a short, steep ascent to breadloaf mountain, where there is an extremely limited vista, but really no views to speak of. Still a lovely boreal forest up there. You can go straight on the skylight lodge spur to skylight lodge and pond, which is a beautiful setting. The trail takes you right to the ponds edge, where there's what looks to be an active beaver lodge and lots of bird life. You can go south on the long trail for a short ways before taking an unmarked spur to your right (just a tenth of a mile from the fourway junction) which takes you to sunset rock, a stunning vista looking west. It's perfectly doable to hit all three destinations, and all are scenic in their own ways. All in all, very cool section of trail to explore. Highly recommend.

Bill Doaner
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

This is a beautiful trail to hike even though there is no view at the top. The pond area is very beautiful also.

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Maureen Rowe
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Hiking

Great hike!! As the person before me posted, I was a little surprised to the see the parking lot full! I got a little confused and started hiking down the forest road. Then realized pretty quickly it was not correct (no blazes/ or trial signs). The trail head is the opposite side of the forest road. I was also relieved to see no snow, lots of beautiful flora and fauna! The hike itself was a great out and back. Gradual elevation gain, and not too steep. It took me about 3 hours total. Great hike to get your hiking legs ready for the season.

Emily McCabe
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HikingMuddy

I was slightly thrown off when I got to the trailhead and found the parking lot completely full! Everyone else must’ve had the same idea as me for the beautiful day. The trail up to the pond was fantastic. Beautiful greenery and woodsy trail, some spots were a little muddy but there was nothing unmanageable. Once I hit the long trail it was a bit more muddy, I didn’t see any snow but the trail got pretty slick at spots with running water over steeper rocks! Presumably this will dry out soon, overall it was a great hike, the dog enjoyed it too!

Chantal Wood
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BugsSnow

Skylight Pond Trail is a nice trail. Only a couple small patches of snow. Black flies are out! Once you get on the Long Trail their is quite a bit more snow, but I didn't have an issue getting over or around it. I did continue North on the LT after Breadloaf Mtn, was going to summit Mt Wilson too, however as soon as you make that sharp right after Breadloaf the snow gets very deep! Lot of post-holing. I made it about 1/3 of the way to Mt Wilson before I decided to turn around. Post-holed up to my knee and feet were soaked because the trail was like a stream in most spots.

Alan Shashok
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HikingMuddySnow

Memorial day, cool and a little overcast made for very comfortable conditions. The first mile+ was pretty mellow walk in the woods with many water crossings. Most will be dried up come summer. Naturally, the incline increased along with just a few muddy spots but nothing to worry about. Made it to the long trail junction and up over the ridge to Skylight Pond and hut. Had it it to ourselves, nice place to rest, White Mountains easily seen to to east. Back up to the ridge headed left for Battell Mtn. It was pretty mild ridge walk, about 10-15 minutes. Didn’t find a sign or carin but gps had us there. No views but really neat forest setting. Headed back north on the long trail for Breadloaf Mtn. Surprising amount of snow on the trail and mud which will get worse as the last of the snow melts. Only one stretch that required some scrambling but all along the snow and mud made for slow going. Reached the peak, there is a carin, no real views , but a small side trail the west brings you ti a very small outcrop with great views of the ADK’s and the Champlain valley as well as peaks to the south as far as Killington. Again, had this to ourselves and good thing since there is only room for two. Two piles of moose scat, one on the Skylight Pond trail and a larger batch on the LT to Breadloaf. Overall wonderful hike and even for a holiday and COVID , not much traffic.

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Nick Cyr
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HikingSnow

Steam Mill Rd closed during winter, it is a 1 mile walk to the trailhead. Beautiful trail that makes you feel like you’re in your own world. It hasnt snowed in about a week but there were no prints past the 2 mile mark besides me. Lots of moose prints, the further you go the more you’ll see. Some bear prints near the beginning of the trail. No views from the summit. Take the time to head towards Wilson even though the trail is narrow, and you will find some better views. Because of the road closure, the entire trail was little under 12 miles.

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William Tyler
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Hiking

I would not call this one of the more “touristy” hikes I have done. I did not see another person all day, until I got back near the parking lot and they were just soaking their feet in a nearby stream. They had wondered who’s truck was there and how long I had been out. I did Breadloaf and Wilson in about 5 hours. Also visited Skylight Lodge, which is a very very cool lodge over looking a pristine mountain lake. I will definitely stay there someday. As for the not “touristy” comment. It’s wilderness, you are going into the Breadloaf Wilderness area, and it’s isolated. The trail is easy enough to follow, and I had no trouble seeing trail markers. Some of this hike is Long Trail, and some is Skylight pond. Again, it is very isolated. I saw more moose poop then people, two piles. The view at the top of Breadloaf is not great, and there is no view from Wilson. The best thing up here, is Skylight Lodge.

Zeadikuss .
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Hiking

over grown, under maintained, poorly blazed. as far as 1 mile between blazes non closer than a quaryer mile together.

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Fred Schwien
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Aric Marcille
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Beau Dykstra
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David Foote
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Kyle Bake
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Peter Goldsmith
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Estye Fenton
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Heather Bent
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Andrea Belair
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Spencer Brubaker
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Stacy A
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