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Sterling Pond Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jeffersonville, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 908 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Description
Waypoints (3)

During the week or early in the morning, this pond is beyond idyllic featuring subalpine plants, wildlife and quiet water. Starting off directly across from the info station at the parking lot, the first quarter mile is saturated with carefully built stone steps. Much of the first three quarters of a mile is lined with deciduous forest, trickling water and everything else you would expect in a wild area. Those unaccustomed to rocky and uneven surfaces may be interested in something with a bit of ankle support. The climb itself is not unforgiving, like the Hell Brook trail or the Long Trail up Mansfield, as climbing comes in bursts and flats are thrown in often. It's a good starter hike. Once you reach the Long Trail, turn left and within a tenth of a mile, you will approach the pond area. Note though that this area has a very limited growing season and despite what many folks may do due to inadequate signage, one should not approach the pond or walk in the grass; stay on the trail and the rocks to protect this landmark for years and generations to come.

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Reviews (632)
Photos (249)
Recordings (446)
Completed (1396)
Jono Thorpe
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Hiking

A good hike that had a few small stretches of tougher climbing, but by no means technical. Jumping into the pond at the end is a great reward for the work!

Kathleen Tumulty
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HikingGreat!

Easy quick trail with some nice views at spruce peak! Rocky but not difficult. Finish it with a nice swim in the nearby swimming spots!!

Lucas B
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Hiking
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Brian Huck
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Hiking

Lots of traffic. 45% mask participation

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Roger Hartley
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Running

Steep up tin Great Lake and views

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Lauri Johnston
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HikingMuddyRocky

Always one of my favorites in Vermont. The beginning quarter mile is quite steep with stone steps and some light scrambling. Later, there are nice breaks of flatter trail mixed with short elevation gains. Wear sturdy shoes! It is worth it as the pond and views are amazing. You can continue in either direction at the T to see views overlooking Stowe (right) or the Lamoille Valley (left).

Stephanie Courtney
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Hiking

Beautiful hike up a rocky path. Felt like I was in nature’s air-conditioning with cool tree cover. Pretty streams and small waterfalls along most of the climb. Views at the top are wonderful.

Holden Gray
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Rocky steps and steep incline right off the start once at the T take a left and you’ll come to the pond. Well worth the effort to get to the view.. make sure you go past the pond to the top of the slopes to see the view over the resort!

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David Rabinovic
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Hiking

Great hike to sterling pond with my wife and two boys 10 and 12. Hiked to the other end of the pond along the long trail for a secluded lunch. Then carried on to Madonna peak because “climb every mountain” resonated. The view from sterling summit ski lift was awesome. Going the extra distance to Madonna was a great accomplishment but the view was not that much better. The long trail is really swampy in this section but no matter what the temptation to return via the ski slopes - do not do it. Stick to the long trail. Great day in the mountains despite some heavy downpours and cutting new trails in heavily brush covered ski slopes.

Deidre Loiselle-Root
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Francisco Jimenez
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HikingGreat!

It was better than I expected. It's not super rocky and the paths are very easy to follow. The pond at the top is perfect after a long sweaty hike (not that sweaty). Has taken #1 for my favorite hiking spot in VT. I am an amateur hiker and I would rate this hike as overall easy, not moderate.

Andy Chiang
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Hiking

Fun and easy trail with a beautiful lake at the end!

Haley Drown
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Hiking

Beautiful trail to pond!

Idith M
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HikingGreat!MuddyNo shade

Amazing trail! There are creeks that accompany your hike which makes it super fun and not boring for a second. Quite steep all the way up but worth it. The pond and the views at the top are spectacular.

Liz Rowell
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Maria Rascati
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Alex K.
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HikingRocky

Great hike, pretty crowded though. Took about 3 hours with generous breaks and break at pond.

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Gabrielle Zandi
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Sam Zandanel
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Hiking

Loved this trail. As I was going I realized I had done it before when I was younger. Had two first time hikers with me. Definitely heavily populated but the pond area at the top is big enough that you’re not on top of each other. I recommend taking the rickety looking stairs just beyond the pond for some great views on the ski slopes!

Brian Unterberger
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Moderate. fun uphill climb, mostly on rocks and boulders, with a great payoff of a beautiful pond that you can swim in. Was not too muddy and not too buggy.

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