Sterling Pond Trail

MODERATE 128 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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hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful! Be sure you follow the white blazes to top of the notch ski lift for Stowe Mountain. It is worth the extra 10 minutes!

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10 days ago

This was a great hike. We hike up to elephants head, which you really can't see because you're on top of it, and out to Spruce peak for some sweet vistas, then back down to the pond. Found a sweet spot to hop in for a short sim, but some thunder, and lightning rolled in changing those plans. Hit the white blazes on out to the notch. Was a great hike little hike.

trail running
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely stunning!! I went with my 17 year old and 4.5 year old daughter. My son had to carry the little one a little bit, due to steep rocky areas but overall she did excellent and was quite the trooper! The pond at the top was breath taking and very relaxing. I will be going back for sure!

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13 days ago

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19 days ago

It's been rainy here (end of June), so the trail was slick, but more than manageable with the proper shoes. The lake was a great reward!

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1 month ago

Great hike, though I wouldn't consider kid friendly. Lots of steep walking (sometimes climbing) on rocks that were wet when we hiked. The trail had very little traffic and was well maintained for what it was.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

beautiful views from the top. the pond is so pretty with sparkling water and serene landscapes, however there was a few billion Flys that love to bite they don't itch they just hurt. bug spray a must.