Skylight Pond Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Skylight Pond Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ripton, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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muddy
16 days ago

Took us longer than planned to reach the pond due to slippery/muddy conditions after heavy rains the day before. Pond is very pretty. No other hikers on the way in, just a few as we headed out. Nice wildfowers in parking area. Our tracker measured our roundtrip at just over 7 miles. We thought the rocky inclines might be tough for kids to navigate

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rocky
1 month ago

Nice little trail. A little anticlimactic at the top. Was hoping for a slightly nicer view of the pond but was still peaceful and quiet. Saw a few other hikers but not very any. Took us about 2 1/2 hours up and down with a little break at the lodge. Was a little wet and slippery when we went out so definitely recommend good shoes.

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muddy
1 month ago

Lovely little hike through the forest. Fairly easy, nice lodge to sit and eat lunch at.

Hiked from Middlebury gap to skylight pond and down. Beautiful day though a bit muddy in places. Lots of moose evidence though we didn't see any ourselves.

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2 months ago

I loved this trail!! Rather moderate hike with a gradual climb....trail is all switchbacks with no intense straight up climb. Great way to get access to the Long Trail!! Headed maybe .2 miles south on the Long Trail to Battel Mountain to grab a view. Pond was beautiful and teeming with life!!

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3 months ago

GREAT trail, not difficult... and beautiful view from the lodge. It was cold, foggy and windy today- so not a great day for a hike, but beautiful nonetheless.

3 months ago

The trails were in decent condition considering the time of year. Be prepared for mud. The Skyline lodge was great and the sunrise was incredible. Definitely worth the trip from Maine. Bagged Breadloaf and Wilson.

10 months ago

nice trail, it was cold and windy heading up the mountain.

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Thunder during the hike, downpour at the lodge, fog, clearing, wonderful lighting!

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Absolutely gorgeous, peaceful trail that crosses the Long Trail toward the top. A nice lodge for through hikers at the pond, which is a lovely vista. Very uneven ground, lots of short but steep increases and crossing over water ways. A fun hike with a decent work out. Definitely recommend!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Good hike for kiddos and the lodge and pond are beautiful!!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Absolutely beautiful trail. Beautiful view at the pond. We enjoyed sitting on the porch of the cabin (lodge) looking at the view of the pond. I loved this hike... it probably tops out as my most favorite trail thus far (I've done many). It's not difficult and is a nice gradual ascent with what seems like many switchbacks. Beautiful brooks along the way. I wouldn't miss this one.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Hike took 1 hour up and 1 hour down. Very beautiful!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lovely quick hike up to the pond. It took three fit hikers approximately an hour to do the trail. At the intersection, If you head just a few feet south on the Long Trail there is a short unmarked side trail on the right that will take you to a beautiful view. The trail is very short but involves climbing over a rock crevice.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Trail sign was confusing when we got to the intersect of the LT and fork to Skylight Lodge Trail. If looking for the pond, follow trail that goes to the Skylight Lodge Trail. The view of the pond at the lodge was pretty and the previous week's rainfall helped to create plenty of runoff and waterfall views.

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