Sterling Pond Trail

MODERATE 147 reviews
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Sterling Pond Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately 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, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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 completely constant like the Hell Brook trail or the Long Trail up Mansfield, 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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12 days ago

one of my favorite trails in vermont. expect to see people alot.

hiking
12 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in the area. The trail itself was pretty well defined, the steep section has rock steps to help with the ascent. I would not recommend this for inexperienced hikers. I was able to reach the pond in 2.5 hours. Sterling pond is an absolutely beautiful spot, worth every step. If you like big hikes, I would recommend continuing up The Long Trail to the summit of Mount Madonna (top of smugglers notch). The Long Trail beyond the pond is very difficult, but if you are an experienced hiker and can handle the trail, you will be greeted with amazing views at the summit.

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13 days ago

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13 days ago

One of our favorite hikes in the region. If you're staying at Smuggs, go on to the top of Sterling and down the lift line, or stay on the Long Trail to the top of Madonna, and come down Chilcoot. Makes for a long day, but a great hike!

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24 days ago

went later in the afternoon on a gray day. had no issues with traffic. lovely spot.

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24 days ago

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25 days ago

Beautiful views, slightly crowded on a Sunday but worth it!!!!

hiking
28 days ago

Only took about 2 hours to complete the hike. Really lovely at the top but there was quite a few people. Definitely would recommend in more of the off season.

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30 days ago

a great little hike!
lovely if a little crowded at the pond.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful lake with stunning vistas and a sandy swimming beach make this an other worldly hike!!!

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1 month ago