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rocky
14 days 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
15 days ago

Nice trail for the most part, steady inclines. The only complaints would be the bugs were unbearable and the trail was pretty muddy due to recent rain. Other then that I’d definitely come back. There is access to the water as well!

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muddy
20 days ago

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

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over grown
20 days ago

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21 days ago

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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bugs
28 days ago

Only able to do half. At least I think it was half. 20 mins out from the big stream crossing (4km). Due to time restrictions had to turn around. will have to make another trip and complete the trail. lots of bugs on the hike. very nice overall.

I would not call this one of the more “touristy” hikes I have done. I did not see another person all day, until I got back near the parking lot and they were just soaking their feet in a nearby stream. They had wondered who’s truck was there and how long I had been out. I did Breadloaf and Wilson in about 5 hours. Also visited Skylight Lodge, which is a very very cool lodge over looking a pristine mountain lake. I will definitely stay there someday. As for the not “touristy” comment. It’s wilderness, you are going into the Breadloaf Wilderness area, and it’s isolated. The trail is easy enough to follow, and I had no trouble seeing trail markers. Some of this hike is Long Trail, and some is Skylight pond. Again, it is very isolated. I saw more moose poop then people, two piles. The view at the top of Breadloaf is not great, and there is no view from Wilson. The best thing up here, is Skylight Lodge.

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1 month 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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2 months ago

Excellent trail up and back to shelter. We extended a bit on VT Long Trail to summit of the mountain for great views. On the way back a moose came barreling down the path, coming close but thankfully avoiding us and veering down the hill of path. We were also greeted by a wandering boxer near the parking area and he proceeded to make the entire 8.5-mile hike with us. The only time he left was just prior to the moose, and of course he came chasing the moose down the trail. We believe he might be a dog owned by people in house near the turnoff to Rt201. Also, careful on road to trailhead. Lots of ruts. Low profile car would not be ideal, but doable in my Mazda3

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2 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.

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2 months ago

I got about halfway in before turning back- as it was getting late. There are a few seasonal stream crossings and then the bigger river crossing. Beautiful hike, lots of wild animal scat (moose, mostly) I’m sure the trail gets more difficult as you get closer to the lodge, but the first part was pretty standard... muddy/ buggy/ beautiful. Great for the dogs too.

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.

over grown, under maintained, poorly blazed. as far as 1 mile between blazes non closer than a quaryer mile together.

9 months ago

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

Did this trail last weekend 9/22 it was first day of fall and definitely felt like it with rain and stiff wind at the top sitting at emily proctor shelter. GPS tracked it at 6.9 miles up and back with the first 2.5 miles slow incline and the last mile is a long steep walk until hitting the long trail. I do this trail at least once a year as it’s very peaceful and not heavily traveled. No views.

Very easy walking trail. We read all the poems. Our first poem reading hike. My dog enjoyed it too. Only saw 2 other people on the trail.

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Monday, August 06, 2018

A pleasant trail with wild berries and a brook. For a more “moderate” experience, be sure to climb the hill to the upper trails (see my photos of the “Afternoon Delight” and “Sundown” trails up there).

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

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

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Really enjoyed this trail. Mostly really easy, great for families and dogs.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

A nice nature walk with the added nicety of reading some of Frost's greatest poems in a pretty setting.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Wonderful nature walk with added bonus of Robert Frost poems. Take as much time as you need to read the poems and reflect on them. Benches available by some poems. Well marked and maintained trail. Would do this again.

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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!

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Steep over the last mile or so before Emily Proctor shelter. A few downed trees detracted from the experience.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Great day hike up to the Emily Proctor shelter and back down. We saw 3 people on the trail and 2 people at the shelter that were taking other trails onto continue the loop. Our GPS tracked this as 6.9 miles from the parking lot to the shelter and back. The last 1.25 miles are a steep climb. We saw lots and lots of moose poop but no actual animals. We also had our dog with us and she had bear bells on so that accounts for part of it. The beginning of the trail is very narrow and has lots of overgrowth. There are also a lot of creeks to cross (probably as many as 25 each way) so wear water proof boots and long pants. The shelter had a fire pit, wash pit, and was about 10 ft from a creek that we saw a backpacker pumping water out of. Also, the road in is a bit rough so I would definitely recommend having an AWD/higher clearance car to get in.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quick one mile loop with varied scenery and enjoyable stops to read poetry along the way.

Friday, November 03, 2017

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

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trail was well maintained. Very easy to hike. There were 2 other trails that went up the mountain for a longer hike if you have more time. The only disappointment was hearing the traffic because it's so close to the main road.

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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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