Sterling Pond Trail

MODERATE 185 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
1010 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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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Great fun challenging “moderate” trail. We did the loop around the pond. Do NOT rely on this app map only. The trail has been rerouted in the last 8 yrs so it looks like you are bushwhacking for a bit north of the shelter. The loop trail starts right at the shelter unlike on the app map! Trust your gut and sense of direction... great hike

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1 month ago

good hike and the lake is pretty. but it is a tough moderate hike as it is all climbing with minimal flat stretches but I enjoyed it

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Thought it was a fun hike, the lake was really lovely and as it was foggy, the view was rather suggestive. Make sure you do the loop around the lake as that makes it more fun and helps enjoying the lake views further from other angles

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Steep incline from Mountain Rd. Trail can get wet and a bit slippery. We did the loop around the pond and met back up with the long trail to come back down. The trail around the pond was very interesting. Cool to see the ski lifts and top of the ski trails! Went with a dog - off leash most of the time and did great, but had to keep her on leash the whole way down from the long trail to the parking lot - VERY CROWDED! constant stream of people coming up.